Pigeons – a London menace

Pigeons are a recognised pest bird problem in built-up areas where food debris is in plentiful supply. They are renowned for overnight roosting and daytime perching. They can roost overnight for up to 16 hours, creating huge piles of hazardous and unsightly droppings. During the day when perching they move frequently to access food supplies, leaving their droppings over wide areas. They also inhabit roof voids most commonly in derelict buildings and industrial units. A slipped roof tile can be all that’s needed to gain access and they can breed and roost uninterrupted for many years by which time the cleanup process is extensive. 

Pigeon fouling on fire escapes is a major safety issue whilst fouling on the stonework of a building - window ledges, architectural features of interest and the walkways is unsightly. There are associated health hazards too. Pigeon fouling attracts insects and can cause salmonella. The inhalation of dust from dried pigeon droppings can also lead to respiratory problems. If there is an outbreak of avian flu the finger can be pointed at those responsible for maintaining a building but turning a blind eye to the pest pigeon problem.

Professional cleaning is crucial prior to any preventative treatments. If anti-perching products fail, it's usually because the surfaces they were affixed to were not professionally cleaned before application or they were not applied by a professional.

Hawkeye Bird specialists will consider a range of preventative treatments including netting, electronic deterrents, Hawking, spikes and sprung wire systems. Our recommendations will take into consideration the aesthetics of your building and its purpose plus the extent of the pest pigeon problem.

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