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Pigeon Trapping & Bird Removal

Droppings can even damage and kill vegetation in farmlands. Pigeon feathers have also been known to plug and damage ventilation units, which can sometimes contribute to health problems. Droppings, feathers, food and dead birds under a roosting area can breed flies, carpet beetles and other insects that may become major problems in the immediate area. These pests may fly through open windows or crawl through cracks to enter buildings. Droppings; look for diarrhea, polyuria, whole feed passage, etc.

Droppings are corrosive, causing rust on steel structures, and it has been suggested that pigeons are responsible for bridge collapses. It’s usually possible, however, to deter them from landing where they’re not wanted by nonlethal means.


Symptoms of Histoplasmosis include fatigue, fever and chest pains, and symptoms may be very mild or quite severe. One of our Allstate technicians contracted Histoplasmosis from pigeon droppings and developed the worst cough of his life which lasted for 3 months. Symptoms of an external abscess may include swelling and sensitivity to touch at the site, fever, lethargy, stiffness, and/or lameness. Symptoms of an internal abscess are more subtle, and blood-work may be necessary to diagnose the problem. Symptoms occur within a short time, and include cough, difficult respiration, fever, and chills. If exposure ceases at this point, the symptoms resolve and no treatment is necessary.

Symptoms may start soon after exposure to bird allergens or after many years, and may include breathlessness, cough, occasional chills, and fever. Death may also result.

Bird nests contain bird feces, animal debris, feathers, plant materials, ectoparasites, and more importantly, stored product pests. Insect inhabitants of bird nests frequently enter buildings where they often become stored product pests and nuisances. Bird-keepers (pet bird owners and poultry producers) should be aware that some avian diseases can be transmitted to humans. It is important to note, however, that such diseases are uncommon enough that they should not discourage bird-keeping. Birds are becoming a significant dilemma in our society. Bird droppings can also cause serious liability risk.

Birds are also the cause of many diseases of humans and domestic animals. In fact, more than 60 transmittable diseases are associated with pigeons, starlings and sparrows. Birds may tumble over when landing. Partial paralysis of wings and legs may occur and twisting of the neck (torticollis). Birds not meeting entry requirements will be returned to a port of entry in the continental U.S.

Bird barriers, including a thin metal coil that resembles a “slinky” toy, can be fastened to a building ledge to discourage birds from landing. Bird mites, like northern fowl mite and tropical fowl mite, will bite humans and cause a small pustule, similar to a chigger bite. Pigeons are also important reservoirs and vectors of reintroduction of fowl mites into previously treated poultry houses. Birds that consume sufficient amounts of the treated bait usually die. The dying birds exhibit distress behavior that frightens other members of the flock away.

Bird flue is the disease taking place today birds especially at risk are chickens and ducks. It can be spread to human beings and be transmitted from one person to another. Birds are generally raised in groups in confined flight pens and each pigeon pair supplied with two nest boxes. There are a number of very common disease problems associated with squab facilities including salmonellosis in young birds, circovirus, pigeon Newcastle Disease, trichominiasis (canker) and others.

Infectious diseases that are transmitted to humans from non-human animals and vice versa are called zoonotic diseases. The answer to the question above is yes, some of the diseases that pigeons may carry can be transmitted to humans, however, the method of transmission is not straight forward. Infections result from inhaling spores of Cryptococcus neoformans , which grows readily in pigeon and starling droppings. The fungus is typically found in attics, cupolas, ledges, and other roosting and nesting sites on schools, offices, warehouses, mills, barns, park buildings, signs, etc. Infections are usually restricted to pigeons and occur quite frequently. Although, the pigeon-adapted strain does not usually spread to poultry, outbreaks have occurred linked to feed contaminated by the faeces of infected pigeons.

Infected pigeons can display a variety of disease signs which may or may not include weight loss, diarrhea, problems breathing, and difficulty flying. This circovirus may cause low mortality on its own but mortality can be up to 100% of the flock especially if the birds are infected with other viruses or bacteria at the same time.

Birds droppings can get all over everything. from starlings nesting in vents to pigeons roosting at areas where humans do business, birds create many environmental hazards.  Removal and control of birds in attics and vents require specialized tools including rods, cameras and blowers to remove nests and to blow the loose debris out. Installation of  bird netting and bird spikes are preventive ways in which to deal with birds.

Most people really enjoy birds in their gardens. They can easily be attracted with feeders and plants that provide food, cover, and nesting sites. Once in a while, we attract birds that are less welcome or cause property damage. In most instances, the damage is minimal and should be tolerated. On occasion, we may need to take steps to discourage or exclude birds. This column will discuss some nuisance bird species and some non-lethal control methods.

Virtually all bird species are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. In Arizona, the exceptions are English sparrows, English starlings, and pigeons (rock doves). These three species are non-native birds that can be controlled without a permit. It is illegal to harm or harass all other bird species without a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Both non-protected and protected bird species can damage property, crops, or cause health hazards. Woodpeckers commonly cause damage to wood-sided homes when they try to create nesting cavities or store food. They are particularly attracted to unpainted surfaces of cedar and redwood, knotholes, and gaps in siding. Woodpeckers also seem to prefer vacant houses. Blue jays and scrub jays can be quite damaging to fruit and nut crops. Ravens and crows are also protected but can harm crops, carry diseases, and prey on other bird and wildlife species. Blue herons eat fish from backyard ponds. These are the species I most often receive calls about.

Integrated pest management (IPM) techniques should always be used. IPM is a stepwise process that utilizes planning and minimizes negative impacts on non-target organisms. The steps of IPM are: (1) identify the pest, (2) monitor damage until it reaches an economic threshold (unacceptable damage level), (3) apply multiple control strategies appropriate for that pest, (4) monitor effectiveness of the control strategies, and (5) reapply if necessary.

Most bird conflicts can be resolved by modifying habitat. The most direct approach is applying exclusion techniques. Well-placed bird netting will either prevent or discourage most birds from causing damage to crops and structures. When protecting fruit trees, close the netting around the trunk to avoid trapping birds inside. Small pieces of sheet metal can be used cover woodpeckers holes on wood homes. This often discourages further activity.

Frightening devices can be effective, but usually only for a short time. These include recorded distress calls, pyrotechnics (explosions), and scaring devices (streamers, owl decoys, hawk silhouettes, scarecrows, etc.). Birds often habituate to frightening techniques. Therefore, they should only be used when damage levels are low and should be varied in placement every few days. Pyrotechnics may bother neighbors or be illegal.

Tactile repellents can be effective at changing bird roosting sites or damage locations. These are usually tacky substances (tanglefoot) that are applied to common roosting areas. The birds dislike standing in it and avoid these areas. These compounds can also discolor paint and may get runny in the heat. Try these gooey products on a test patch to observe the effect before using on large areas. Pigeons can be discouraged from roosting by fastening porcupine wires (small clusters of wire that have several ends that point outward) to common roost sites. These are very effective.

If you feed wild birds and have conflicts with some of those same species, then it may be time to reassess which birds you feed and/or what kind of feed you provide. Remember that all wild birds except starlings, sparrows, and pigeons are protected. Exclusion is often the best solution to avoiding damage. Finally, learn to tolerate some losses or damage that native birds may cause. They were here first!


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