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How To Control Pigeons

Rock Dove Pigeon
Rock Dove Pigeon

Nuisance Pigeons can ruin the looks of your building as well as pose a health threat to employees and guests. Pigeon droppings contain uric acid that actually eats into the surface it drops on. Painted surfaces, canvas awnings, signs and other similar surfaces pose the most risk. Dried bird droppings can contain many fungal and viral diseases that can represent a serious liability to your company. Histoplasmosis, Encephalitis, Meningitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Salmonella are just a few of the common viral and bacterial diseases that have been associated with bird droppings. Fleas, Ticks, Mites, and Lice are just a few of the parasites that have been associated with Pigeons.

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Pigeon Droppings On Chair

Wild Feral Pigeons or rock doves are a direct descendant of the ancient Roman Homing Pigeons. Feral Pigeons are non-migratory meaning that they are often born, live and die in the same place. Once a building becomes home to pigeons, they are there for life. As a descendant of homing pigeons, feral pigeons are good flyers sometimes flying at speeds of up to 80 MPH. Trapping and Relocation may seem like a good idea, but once you travel out in the country somewhere to let them go, they will fly right back. They have an excellent sense of direction and can find their way home from many, many miles away.

Histoplasmosis is a common respiratory infection that is associated with Pigeon droppings. Histoplasmosis is caused by humans inhaling fungal spores that have cultivated on pigeon droppings. It has flu like symptoms that can persist for several weeks and that even some doctors can't diagnose. Fleas, ticks and other parasites are also known to be spread by pigeons especially near water sources where they clean themselves and pick the parasites off and drop them on the ground or eat them.

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Pigeon Droppings On Overhead Light

With all of the associated diseases and parasites, pigeon control is not a common service that most pest companies offer. The reason is that many laws and regulations have been passed that protect certain bird species such as bluejays, cardinals, hawks, etc.. The unintentional killing of these protected species can result in thousands of dollars in fines and even jail. On the other hand, bird lovers can become very upset when birds are controlled, going so far as call local TV stations, radio stations, animal rights groups, even state officials. It is no wonder that pigeon control is not a common service offered by most companies. Some feel that the liability is simply to much - but actually, you the customer have a potentially more serious problem with building damage and health concerns.

Dallas Ft. Worth Pest Control is one of the most recognized names in the area when it comes to controlling birds. We have eliminated and controlled birds from hundreds of North Texas sites using environmentally safe methods of trapping, exclusion and as a last resort elimination. You can be sure that when you contract our company to perform bird control that we are extremely careful about what we do and we abide by all known laws and regulations.

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- Trapping and /or exclusion

Outdoors - Trapping and/or exclusion work to keep them from nesting or roosting on areas that you don't want them to. As a last resort Avitrol can be used as a flock deterrent. Avitrol is a restricted use pesticide that is actually whole corn soaked in a toxic chemical that makes the pigeons sick 2 to 3 hours after it has been eaten. The affected pigeons will literally "scream" at the other pigeons warning them and scaring them off. With avitrol, and proper pre-baiting with whole corn to establish a feeding cycle, one can expect 90-95% control for up to 6 months. After that, other pigeons will usually start filtering back in. Avitrol is only available to persons with a pest control operators license to apply restricted use products. offers a complete line of traps and pigeon related control supplies. Check out our online catalog or call us toll free at

Application Dont's: Hope that the pigeons will just go away.

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