Why Are There So Many Pigeons Around My Las Vegas Property?

9/13/2020


a pigeon sitting on a rock

If you spend time in an urban environment, you’ve likely noticed pigeons hanging around. However, because pigeons are so common in this setting, they often start to fade into the background. They might just seem like a common fixture in cities or other suburban areas, but they cause more problems than you might think.

While you’ve likely seen pigeons before, it is worth being able to tell them apart from other bird species because of some of the unique problems they cause:

  • Most pigeons are a blue or grey color.
  • They have two dark-colored bands on their wings and one dark-colored band on their tail feathers.
  • They often have iridescent or metallic looking feathers around their necks.
  • They are 11 to 15 inches tall.

While many people don’t even notice pigeons, others enjoy watching them or even feeding them. While this might seem like something that isn’t a big deal, pigeons are a pest bird that can be dangerous. This is why having pigeons around, and especially feeding them and encouraging them to stay and grow their population, is not a good thing.

What Attracts Pigeons To Your Property?

Pigeons pose many health and safety risks because they can spread diseases like E. coli, ruin machinery, pose slip and fall risks from their droppings, and more. Because of these risks, understanding the ways you could be attracting pigeons to your property is the first step in preventing them.

Here are some of the main thing that attract pigeons:

Food

Pigeons are always in search of food, so if you are feeding them, or even just providing bird feeders, you could attract them.

Water

Like all animals, pigeons need water. Installing bird baths or even non bird related fountains can attract them to your property.

Shelter

Pigeons are also always on the lookout for places to roost, so any area with eaves will attract them. They need a flat area to nest and like to find a roof for shelter.

The Best Tips For Preventing Pigeons

Now that you understand the ways your yard could be attracting pigeons, you can take the necessary steps to prevent them. Of course, it’s important to understand that you can’t completely ensure you’ll never have a pigeon problem. However, you can deter them by making your home or business less hospitable.

These are some pigeon prevention tips you can follow:

  • Never feed them as they can remember this and will come back in search of more food.
  • Get rid of bird feeders or water sources that pigeons may use.
  • Remove nests as soon as you see them.
  • Trim trees and other vegetation that can offer shelter.
  • Consider putting spikes or other anti-roosting devices on eaves or other places where pigeons are starting to nest.
  • Get ongoing assistance from pest control professionals.

Get More Help With Pigeon Prevention

Because of the diseases that pigeons can carry, keeping them away from your Las Vegas property is a must. There are things you can do on your own to prevent them, but the best way to handle pigeon problems is to get help from the Las Vegas pest control experts at Red Rock Pest Control. We are a family-owned and operated company, and we focus on providing high-quality, friendly service. To find out more, give us a call and plan your free inspection. We are happy to help you get rid of pigeons and other pest birds around your home or business.




 

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