It’s just like that kid’s book – pigeons are a nuisance when they come to work! If you have pigeons at your warehouse or workplace, then here’s what you can do about it ethically.
Industrial buildings like factories, warehouses, and power plants attract thousands of feral pigeons that find the conditions ideal for nesting and breeding. Getting rid of them can be an enormous challenge when the flock is substantial. However, it is necessary to avoid the hazards that a pigeon infestation can cause.
Feral pigeons are regarded as vermin, much like cockroaches, mice, and rats. Pest control companies now specialize in dealing with pigeon infestations, using different methods to get the population under control. Here is important information about the pigeon population explosion at large industrial buildings and what to do about it:
Problems that Pigeons Cause
One of the primary reasons industrial facility managers need to get rid of pigeons is the potential health hazards. Pigeons are known carriers of several diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
They line their nests with their feces, which contains contaminants and increases disease transmission. Some common diseases that pigeons might carry or which could be present in their feces include E. coli, salmonella, candidiasis, cryptococcosis, and histoplasmosis. Such illnesses can be fatal when not treated.
Aside from being hazardous, pigeon feces is unsightly and pungently smelly. It makes for an unattractive, unwelcoming environment for workers and visitors alike. Pigeon poop often stains concrete and is notoriously difficult to clean.
Feral pigeons are noisy creatures that squawk and squabble all day and well into the night. This cacophony of noise can be disruptive in a workplace where people struggle to make themselves heard over it.
Pigeon activity can cause damage to electrical wiring that powers industrial buildings. It also gets trapped in the gutters and downpipes, blocking them. These blockages can cause structural damage, requiring thousands of dollars to repair.
What Pigeons Like About Industrial Facilities
Pigeons find industrial buildings an ideal habitat for many reasons. One of their predominant motivations for nesting there is that they are typically left undisturbed. Reaching pigeons and their nests on the roofs of tall buildings is not an easy task. Pigeons rely on this to retain their comfortable lodgings and continue breeding.
Implementing methods to reduce a pigeon population can be costly and time-consuming. During challenging economic times, this task might be neglected as a cost-saving measure. However, the long-term damage caused by a pigeon infestation outweighs the expense of simple actions to control the issue.
Disrupting the Breeding Process
Once pigeons find a comfortable location to set up shop, they start breeding at a prodigious rate. It takes 18 days for a pigeon’s eggs to hatch, and each brood typically contains two chicks. Within 35 days, the hatchlings are ready to leave the nest. At six months, they are ready to start breeding.
Pigeons in the wild do not breed as frequently as their city counterparts. They face challenges with finding enough food, water, and safe nesting conditions and fending off natural predators. Feral pigeons face no such challenges and breed all-year-round. They could breed as often as eight times annually.
The best way to get rid of pigeons at industrial facilities is by feeding them birth control bait. It does not cause pigeons any bodily harm but ensures that females lay eggs that fail to hatch. This product can reduce a pigeon population by up to 50% within the first year.
Making Living Conditions Uncomfortable
As mentioned before, pigeons stay put and breed at an alarming rate when they find somewhere safe and convenient. Industrial buildings create ideal conditions for pigeons. However, once owners start making it challenging for pigeons to live in their industrial buildings, they might seek alternative accommodation.
Owners should make it challenging for pigeons to find nesting space by putting netting or spikes across areas where the birds can land. The alternative is a repellant gel that makes surfaces slippery.
Another vital part of this process is denying pigeons access to food and water. Pigeons are scavengers and eat almost anything. Therefore, cutting off their food supply could be challenging. However, most experts recommend keeping garbage cans and dumpsters closed to prevent pigeons from accessing them.
Additionally, pigeon birth control bait is mixed into pigeon feed. By supplying them with a meal that will disrupt the breeding process, building owners will make it unnecessary for pigeons to seek food elsewhere.
Ultrasonic sound devices emit a noise that pigeons find unpleasant. These gadgets plug into an electrical socket and make continuous noises that repel pigeons. The sound is undetectable to the human ear and will not cause any unpleasantness in the workplace.
Pigeons are afraid of their natural predators, although most do not reside in urban areas or near large industrial facilities. However, putting up replicas of falcons, hawks, snakes, foxes, and raccoons will make pigeons think twice about nesting there. U
nfortunately, pigeons are wily creatures and will soon discover that the models are fake unless owners move them around or buy animatronic ones that mimic the animal’s sound and movements.