Pigeons

What are pigeons?

Originally, pigeons were introduced into the United States as a domesticated bird. However, some of those domesticated pigeons eventually escaped captivity and formed populations of wild pigeons. Today, wild pigeons live successfully throughout the United States in both rural and urban areas. An interesting fact about pigeons is that they are monogamous (have one mate at a time), so populations of pigeons typically have an equal number of males and females.

pigeon on a sidewalk

Adult pigeons grow to between 11 and 15 inches in length and weigh about 13 ounces. Their feathers are light gray with the head, shoulders, and breast being a darker gray color. They have two dark bars going across their wings and tail, and some have rust or metallic-colored feathers across their breast, neck, and head. Pigeons have a grayish-pink colored beaks.

Are pigeons dangerous?

Pigeons are dangerous pests and should not be allowed to live on your property. Listed below are some of the dangers these pest birds pose to both people and properties.

  • Pigeons carry and transmit a variety of dangerous diseases to people through their feces, including salmonella and toxoplasmosis.

  • Pigeons can have a type of fungus growing in their feces which causes histoplasmosis.

  • These birds introduce parasitic fleas, ticks, and mites onto your property.

  • When pigeons nest in them, their feces can damage roof eaves, gutters, and ventilation systems.

  • Their droppings will build up on the ground below their roosting sites and create slipping hazards.

Why do I have a pigeon problem?

Though the pigeons that invade residential and commercial properties are wild, because these birds live near people, they have come to rely on us for some of their basic needs. Pigeons will live anywhere there is safe shelter located near food sources such as the roofs of homes and other buildings. While these birds prefer to feed on seeds, they have come to be a type of scavenger and will feed on almost anything they come across. Bird feeders, gardens, compost bins, trash cans, and outdoor eating areas are all common places where pigeons forage for food.

Where will I find pigeons?

Pigeons can be found living in a variety of locations in both rural and urban areas. In rural areas, pigeons nest in and around fields, barns, feed mills, food storage buildings, rock crevices, or in caves. In more urban areas, pigeons roost in church steeples, the rafters of large open warehouses, on the roofs of buildings, under bridges, and in parks.

How do I get rid of pigeons?

Red Rock Pest Control understands that pigeons are difficult to control and stressful to tackle on your own. Our certified pest control technicians know to eliminate the pests that live throughout the Las Vegas region and know how to protect both people and properties from them. We offer the professional bird control services that you can trust to remove pigeons from your Las Vegas property and keep them from returning.

If you are looking for quality pest control solutions for your Las Vegas home or business, contact Red Rock Pest Control today!

How can I prevent pigeons in the future?

Deter pigeons from roosting or nesting on your property with the following prevention tips:

  • Maintain your home’s gutters, regularly removing the debris pigeons use to create their nests.

  • Fix leaky outdoor fixtures and hoses.

  • Remove bird baths and bird feeders from your property.

  • Keep locking lids on trash cans and compost bins.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.

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