How Pigeons Can Become A Big Problem For Your Las Vegas Property  

One of the most intelligent birds in the world is the pest bird we know as the pigeon. Experiments with pigeons have uncovered some startling facts about the intelligence of these common, city-dwelling birds. It is only one of six species of non-mammal that is able to pass the mirror test. That is to say, a pigeon can recognize its reflection in a mirror. It is also able to recognize pictures of objects and can catalog up to 128 different images. If this isn't surprising enough, a pigeon is also able to recognize all 26 letters of the English alphabet! So don't be surprised when one of these birds finds a clever way to get into your Las Vegas property. This is just one of the many ways these smart birds can become a big problem.

pigeon on a rock

Flying Rats

Are you familiar with this term? Flying rat is often used to describe a pigeon because, like a rat, a pigeon gets into some of the dirtiest places you can imagine as it searches for food. It will climb in a dumpster, explore a sewer culver, and nibble on carrion. If you're wondering, are pigeons dirty? The answer is a resounding, yes! And if you're asking, are pigeons harmful to humans? There should be little doubt that they are. These birds are often exposed to harmful bacteria and parasitic worms.

Pigeons and Disease

As you can probably guess, pigeons are connected to the spread of diseases. There are over 60 diseases that are known to be transmitted by pigeons. What diseases can you get from pigeons? That depends on what the pigeon was exposed to and how you were exposed to the pigeon. The most common form of disease a pigeon can spread is harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonellosis. You can get these if a pigeon touches your dishes, silverware or food. If a pigeon leaves dropping in an attic space, you could be exposed to histoplasmosis. This is a fungus that can become airborne and can lead to a potentially fatal respiratory illness. Exposure to pigeon feces may also result in candidiasis, which can have a wide range of symptoms. When cleaning pigeon droppings, always wear a respirator.


Pigeons do not urinate. They expel uric acid in their droppings. This makes their droppings extremely corrosive. The droppings from pigeons are able to eat away at sandstone, limestone and even concrete. In the United States, feral pigeons cost property owners millions of dollars in property damage annually.

Slipping Hazard

When droppings land on sidewalks, they can present a serious threat for injury in the form of a slipping hazard. Pigeon feces become extremely slippery when wet. This can lead to a lawsuit and a frustrating legal battle in the court system.

Can I shoot pigeons?

There are no laws that protect pigeons from being shot. But pigeons love to live in the city and it is illegal to discharge a firearm in the city of Las Vegas. Now if you see a pigeon outside the city and you're in an area where it is okay to hunt animals, it is open season on these pest birds.

How do you control pigeons?

As we mentioned above, pigeons are smart. This makes it very difficult to control them if you aren't trained in bird control. The best solution for pigeons and other pest birds in Las Vegas is to reach out to the bird control experts here at Red Rock Pest Control. We can quickly remove pigeons from your property and put in place deterrents that will keep pigeons away from your property. These services are customized to meet your specific needs and budget.
Are you a resident looking to get pigeons out of your attic? We can help. Are you a Las Vegas business owner looking to prevent pigeons from damaging your property and hurting your bottom line? We have the experience and track record to give you the results you're looking for.
For a comprehensive and specialized bird control plan developed for your Las Vegas home or business, reach out to us today. We look forward to helping you with this complicated, and sometimes sensitive, pest control issue.


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