When you think of pests, pigeons probably aren’t the first animal that pops into your head, but they are becoming more of a problem. If you’ve ever had to go through the experience of pigeons in your home or business then you will know just how awkward they can be.
In Las Vegas, pigeons are one of the only pests which can fly, and these birds can make their nests in some really awkward places. They don’t need a complex diet and can survive on a relatively small food source, which you may be unintentionally creating in your outdoor trash. They are scavengers, and combined with their ability to fly this means that a pigeon can almost always find food.
You may not think of pigeons as dangerous. Most of us have some form of bird in our backyard pretty much all the time. However, pigeons are far worse than most of the common birds around Vegas and Nevada. They are very dirty animals and are known to carry a lot of different diseases. This is made worse by the fact that they can leave their droppings in a variety of different places while they fly.
Common types of Pigeons in Las Vegas
The scientific name for birds in this family is Columbiformes, and there are five different types of Columbiformes which are commonly found around Nevada. The two of these which are pigeons are the Rock Pigeon and the Band-Tailed Pigeon. As you would expect based on the names, you can tell these apart due to the markings. If it has a band around the tail then it will be a Band-Tailed Pigeon. If not, you likely have a Rock Pigeon on your hands (assuming you’ve found the bird around Las Vegas).
There is no real need to differentiate which type of pigeon you have on your property when it comes to Pigeon control in Las Vegas as all of the species carry very similar threats and need to be dealt with in the same way.
How to Avoid Getting Pigeons
Having a little foresight and avoiding pigeons nesting in your home is the best way to avoid big bills and big inconveniences in the future. Pigeons can travel around and are not fussy about where they nest, whether that’s in your AC ducting, your roof or just trees around your home. Though they don’t like interactions with humans, the main things you can do to stop them from coming to your home include:
- Seal your outdoor trash cans and make sure there is no way into them for pigeons. Cutting off the food source is vital.
- If you have any fruit or vegetables growing in your yard, use some sort of repellant, either natural or chemical, to stop pigeons eating them.
- Use anti-roosting spikes on spots where you think pigeons might land and build their nests, like window ledges.
- Tie strings across areas where they may nest, this makes landing more difficult for them and stops the pigeons from wanting to come back.
Getting rid of Pigeons at Your Home
It may well be too late for prevention. If you’ve come to this page looking for Pigeon removal in Las Vegas you may need pigeon removal rather than prevention. It may well be that you need to use the services of the professionals, especially when it comes to removing multiple pigeons from your premises. However, there are also things you can do to get rid of pigeons, such as:
- Use an ultrasonic repeller which emits sound at a frequency we can’t hear but animals can.
- Use scarecrows, there are specific ones which can be bought to try and scare pigeons.
- Use repelling gels and even some homemade remedies to put pigeons off nesting in your home.
- Use spikes, barbs and strings in areas which pigeons have decided to set up their homes, this might encourage them to leave you alone.
The most effective method is to use traps, which can allow you to get rid of your pigeons, and reduces the risk of them flying back. However, this is not an easy thing to do and the help of a pest control company is recommended.
Problems Caused by Pigeons
People often compare pigeons to rats, and when it comes to their risks as pests, it is definitely a fair comparison.
The main issue they cause is the spreading of diseases. Of course, if a pigeon is causing damage to your AC ducting or nesting in your roof then there is some risk to your property, but nothing like the risk of the diseases they can carry. Pigeon droppings and urine have been linked to encephalitis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, Newcastle Disease and more. The droppings can also damage property due to the fact they are acidic.
Pigeons carry other parasites and insects, too, which can create even more pest problems. Pigeons’ ability to fly around and cover distances around your home means they can spread their diseases far and wide. You don’t have to come into direct contact with one to pick up a parasite or a bacteria that it has carried at some stage. All of this means pigeons are far more of a risk than people tend to thin.
Pigeon removal Professionals
For pigeon control Las Vegas, KIPC has 20 years of experience dealing with pests in the Las Vegas valley area. As we briefly mentioned, some of the techniques used to get rid of pigeons can be more advanced. Setting traps and getting rid of the birds may sound easy, but it can present a challenge if you haven’t done it before.
Our team can help on either a one-off basis if you find yourself with an infestation, or alternatively provide monthly services to monitor and repel pigeons and other pests from your commercial or residential property. To get more information on how we can help, fill in our contact form and a member of our staff will get back to you.