Feral Pigeons have always been a common feature of our inner city areas since the Victorian times, and indeed the feeding of these birds was a regular practice by many who up until the early 2000’s could purchase food from stalls that were set up for that very purpose in places like Trafalgar square in London. But, with the abundant supply of food, pigeon populations often grew out of control posing a threat to public health which meant numbers had to be culled back on a regular basis. Most local authorities have now banned the feeding of these birds in an attempt to control numbers.
Home To Roost
The Feral Pigeon is descended from the Rock Dove which before man made structures arrived were often associated with coastal cliffs and ledges where they could nest in relative safety away from ground based predators. As towns and cities began to emerge the birds very quickly adapted to these man made structures that provided perfect elevated areas for roosting and nesting.
Pigeons are social birds living in groups and can breed all year round. The female will normally have between 3-5 broods a year, where a brood normally consists of 2 eggs. The incubation period is roughly 18 days depending on the time of year and both males and females will take turns in keeping the eggs warm. Once hatched, the young will spend between 25-30 days in the nest after which they will learn to fly and feed them selves. They will normally become sexually mature after around 5-6 months.
Threat To Public Health
The accumulation of pigeon droppings is by far the biggest risk to human health. There are a number of bacteria’s that are associated with pigeon droppings some of which can be deadly particularly when droppings are allowed to dry out enabling particles to go airborne which is especially dangerous in enclosed spaces.
The Solution to Feral Pigeons
Advanced Pest Management has specialised in the proofing of buildings against pigeon ingress for many years, we also deal with the removal of pigeon infestations and the safe removal of droppings. If you require any further help or advice concerning the removal or exclusion of pigeons or other bird species call us now on 01630 652958.
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