Pigeons are everywhere in Colorado, especially urban environments like Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver. Dealing with nuisance and pest birds like pigeons and mud swallows presents unique challenges. While most pest animals in Colorado can be trapped and relocated, that is just not possible with pigeons and swallows. But birds can be just as much of a nuisance as skunks or raccoons.
These birds can quickly start causing problems when they start roosting on your property. For pigeons, problems include:
- Dropping – a single pigeon can produce up to a pound of feces in a single week. And the accumulated droppings can become a breeding ground for harmful fungus or bacteria. We clean up and sanitize all bird feces and restore the area impacted.
- Diseases – pigeons can carry several diseases including salmonella, histoplasmosis, and cryptococcosis.
- Other Pests – many pigeons are infected with fleas or mites that can spread to humans and pets living nearby.
- Noise – a group of roosting pigeons can make quite a bit of noise, especially early in the morning when you’re trying to sleep.
- Mud swallows share many of the above problems, but they also damage property when they build their mud nests under eaves, decks, and beams.
Removing Pigeons and Swallows
Because trapping and relocating is not an option when dealing with pigeons and mud swallows, the best option is to take away the birds’ roosting location. This process is referred to as exclusion or sometimes pigeon proofing – and involves making typical roosting locations uninhabitable for pigeons and mud swallows.
With pigeons, this means any flat services on your structure – including gutters, peaks, and beams. Mud swallows can be more difficult because they will build their nests under overhangs and other vertical services. The most common way to exclude these birds in Fort Collins is with pigeon spikes. These metal spikes are installed in the bird’s roosting area and prevent them from landing and building nests on your property.
Common home remedies like fake owls, noisemakers, and streamers are rarely effective at controlling pigeon or swallow infestations. They might work temporarily, but the birds will quickly overcome their fear and return to their usual nesting location.
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Professional Pigeon and Swallow Control
There is no magic solution for addressing a problem with pest birds in Fort Collins, but a professional wildlife pest control company can help you deal with unwelcome visitors safely and humanely. At First Choice Wildlife Services, we are highly experienced in removing pigeons and swallows from homes and businesses across the Front Range, including Fort Collins, Greeley, Boulder, and Denver.
If you are experienced problems with unwanted birds, including pigeons and mud swallows, you can contact us at 970-460-4044 if you need bird removal control services. We service the areas of Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and Greeley in the state of Colorado, and we can help you with any problem you have.
How to Keep Pigeons Out Of The Roof?
Pigeons are fascinating creatures and are no doubt helpful to the environment. They are colorful, make exciting noises, and can follow maps (through some complicated geo-magnetic locations). However, the only problem is that they are just everywhere.
It can be a big issue if Pigeon movements are not restricted in your properties or gardens. They prefer to roost on the roof, gutters, wires, fences, and other high-altitude areas. Also, their droppings and presence can carry many smaller parasites that are unhealthy to humans.
Various research found the droppings of pigeons to be of high corrosive components to metals.
You can keep Pigeons out of your roof or other property by using;
Wire coils, steel wires, and spikes are some common deterrents people use to discourage Pigeons from roosting on their roof. These additions are humane, low profile and are an easy DIY installation option.
- Install scary camouflages
There are lots of large-sized scary animals that are sold in pet shops. Installing some of their common predators in an area where they roost can effectively discourage them from visiting such areas. The only downside to this option is that the Pigeon will sooner catch up with this “distraction” and get used to it.
- Install sloped sheeting
Installing a sloping piece of sheet metal or other similar physical discomforts on flat ledges will discourage them from settling there. However, this tactic may not be a total solution to the pigeons perching on your roof.
- Natural repellents
In their choicest areas, almost all wildlife are repulsed by certain smells, odors, or substances. There are many homemade remedies or repellents that you can easily whip up to scare these animals away. Top the spices that irritate Pigeons the most include;
- Chili powder,
- Cayenne Pepper,
- Black pepper,
We purposely precluded any poisonous or destructive substance in these lists as we understand their impact on the ecosystem. Also, various States have varying laws regarding how pests and other wildlife should be treated (often frowning at destructive means).
- Set traps
Traps are universal and a common remedy to solving Pest and bird issues. However, some traps can be harmful to pigeons and even Pets. When using traps, the purpose should be only to capture them and resettle them in other regions.
When you release a pigeon, be sure to remove them smartly, as Homing Pigeons will always find a way back if released within a certain ranger.
Installing nets around areas where they frequent can be very frustrating for Pigeons. For example, it is good to use Nets around your plants, fruits, vegetables, and other areas. It is easier to protect your roof and gutters from the menace Pigeons cause.
- Using Bird Spikes
This method is a complicated but effective method of redirecting the areas where Pigeon roosts in your home. Spikes prevent pigeons from congregating on the roof or other parts of the house because of the discomfort they cause to the birds.
However, Spikes should be installed by professionals as they can get tricky and even dangerous to the person. Our services also include scouting for the best location on your roof to install these spikes.
- Make the roof un-liveable for them.
Pigeons find your roof comfortable if they can get all the nutrients they require. If your roof holds water or any form of pigeon feed, you should work on clearing the roof. If your roof is also under an overreaching branch, it may be time to cut it off.
You should check for leaks, faucets, pools, buckets, gutters, and anything that collects water.