Pigeons are Everywhere!
Sky Carp … Garbage Birds … Filthy Foul … Flying Rats. How does a seemingly harmless pigeon get tagged with such awful names? Perhaps a closer look is in order.
Pigeons are everywhere and they are not a bird that flies south for the winter. They stay right where they are, especially if they are well established in an area, continuing to grow in numbers.
Favorite Roosting Spots
They can be seen roosting on roofs of homes under air-conditioning units and eaves – any place that offers them some protection from the elements. Some of the common areas that can have large populations are bridges, grain elevators, city parks, churches, and abandoned buildings.
Pigeons will mate year round but the peak mating seasons are spring and fall. Both parents will collect and help to feed the baby pigeons by regurgitation.
Pigeons are pretty dependent on humans to provide them with all the comforts of home. Many people toss bread and cereals out on the yard for the poor things in the cold, meaning well but not knowing the consequences that may result.
Consequences of Feeding
Once you feed them, they are your friend forever and will search for a place to roost and nest close by.
Once they move in, they will litter the area and home or business with feces and urine, which itself will exacerbate the aging of the structure.
Diseases and Parasites
Pigeons carry with them diseases such as cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, and food poisoning. Their droppings can harbor the growth of the fungus that causes histoplasmosis.
As if those are not reasons enough to want these birds out of your community, they carry with them extra friends in the form of fleas, ticks, mites, and lice!
Nuisance to the Community
They are often found dead inside air ducts in commercial buildings and schools.
It is important to have the dead birds removed and the area cleaned so that the air circulating in the building or a child’s school is not contaminated.
There can be respiratory problems associated with the particles that blow into the rooms, such as asthma exacerbations.
In general, unless the pigeons in your area are the neighbor’s prized homing pigeons, they will cause nothing but aggravation.
Make sure that your home is not an inviting place for a pigeon. Keep pet foods secured and outdoor trash bins closed tight. Do not feed pigeons!
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