It’s not uncommon to see pigeons flying around in various areas around Calgary, including in city centres, on sidewalks, or scrounging through garbage. While they might seem harmless, pigeons can create a considerable problem for home and business owners alike. As with any pest, it is best to address this issue as soon as possible.
Potential Damage Caused by Pigeons
If you’ve discovered pigeons on your property, you might have already noticed the kind of damage they can cause. But the more these birds are left to roost, the more significant concerns come with their presence.
One of the dangers posed by pigeons is the damage they can cause to buildings. Pigeon droppings are highly acidic and can eat away at the surfaces they come into contact with, including roofs, walls, and pavement. Over time, this can lead to costly repairs and even compromise the structural integrity of a building.
In addition to causing damage to buildings, pigeons can create unsanitary conditions that can be hazardous to human health. Pigeon droppings contain a number of pathogens that can be harmful to humans, including salmonella and E. coli. When dry, pigeon droppings can become airborne and possibly carry a fungus that can be inhaled by humans, potentially causing respiratory problems and other health issues.
Pigeons can also create a nuisance for property owners by roosting and nesting on buildings. The noise and mess they create can be a distraction and can even deter people from wanting to enter your home or visit your business. Additionally, pigeon droppings can create slippery surfaces that can be dangerous for pedestrians, leading to potential liability issues for property owners.
Overall, the dangers posed by pigeons to property owners are significant and should not be ignored. If you suspect that you have a pigeon infestation on your property, it is important to take action to address the problem as soon as possible. At Orkin Canada, we take pigeon control and removal in Calgary seriously. We have extensive experience with these birds and know the right techniques to use to get rid of them for good.
Risks Associated with Controlling Pigeons
One of the more significant risks of pigeon removal and control is dealing with the potential health concerns that pigeons harbour. They are known to carry several parasites, including:
- Nest bugs
- Various mites
These parasites can cause severe issues to human health due to their ability to carry diseases or pathogens.
In addition to the above concerns, pigeon droppings have been known to grow a fungus that causes histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis, which are increasingly susceptible to those with weakened immune systems.
It is of the utmost importance that pigeon control in Calgary is handled with precautionary measures such as proper protective equipment when pursuing any kind of removal method, including but not limited to those outlined below.
How Orkin Controls Pigeons on Your Property
There are several effective methods for removing and deterring pigeons from a property. Our highly trained professional team takes the time to fully understand the problem at the source, developing a plan to deal with the infestations while strategizing ways to ensure pigeons don’t come back. Depending on the severity of the infestation and your specific needs as the property owner, your Orkin Canada Pro may use one or more of these methods for pigeon control in Calgary.
Pigeon netting is a physical barrier that prevents pigeons from accessing areas such as roofs, balconies, and ledges. The netting is made of a durable material that is resistant to bird damage, and it is secured to the structure using hooks and tension cables. Pigeon netting is often used on larger buildings.
Pigeon spikes are a humane deterrent that prevents birds from roosting on flat surfaces. The spikes are made of stainless steel or plastic and are installed on ledges, roofs, and other areas pigeons may build nests. Pigeon spikes make it difficult for the birds to find a place to land.
There are a variety of pigeon repellents available, including: electro-magnetic, visual repellents and ultrasonic/sound devices. Visual repellents, such as reflective tape and balloons, are designed to scare the birds away from the property. Ultrasonic devices emit high-pitched sounds that are unpleasant for birds to hear. Shock Strip and Flock off use electricity in low voltage, to deter birds from landing, perching and roosting.
Pigeon traps are another option for pigeon nest removal in Calgary. These traps are designed to capture birds and prevent them from re-entering the property. The traps are typically baited with food and placed in areas where pigeons are known to roost.
No matter the type of pigeon control method your Orkin Canada Pro choose to employ, they take the time to consider all aspects of your pest problem, including potential dangers associated with pigeon droppings.
Trust the Knowledge of Our Pigeon Control Experts
Dealing with a pest infestation can be a stressful and time-consuming process. While it may be tempting to try to handle the problem yourself, there are several reasons why it’s a better idea to call on Orkin Canada’s local pigeon control services.
While pigeons can seem like a straightforward pest to remove, they are resilient to many conventional methods and won’t be scared away with a simple yell or by being chased. Once pigeons have nested, they will continually return to the same place until removed.
The health concerns that exist because of their droppings can make trying to control pigeons yourself an even greater challenge. When you contact our pigeon removal team in Calgary, we’ll come equipped with the necessary equipment and take precautions to ensure successful removal.
Leave Pigeon Removal to Your Orkin Canada Pro
We know Calgary well. Our team has been dealing with bird & pigeon problems in Calgary for years, allowing us the opportunity to understand them on a deeper level and, thus, the right removal methods to ensure they don’t come back.
Our expertise and knowledge come from trained team members who are capable of handling many different bird concerns, including pigeons, by implementing a customized plan to remove them and providing advice to prevent future infestations. Want to learn more about our pigeon removal services in Calgary? Contact your local Calgary area bird control Orkin Pros today.
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