Pigeons may look harmless but they pose a huge threat to our ecosystem by spreading diseases and reproducing rapidly. Over the last 10 years, the pigeon population has grown exponentially in Montreal, meaning thousands of properties are infested with these tiny creatures. Here are a few tips on how to take on pigeon removal with the help of Élite Décontamination.
- General Behaviour & Diseases
Feral pigeons typically live in urban areas and are closely related to domesticated pigeons, which were usually kept as letter carriers or as a food source. These birds are interesting because they’re monogamous creatures and tend to mate for life, having the ability to reproduce throughout the year.
These birds do not have a natural predator, which is partly why the population has dramatically increased over the course of the last century. According to Medicine Report, humans can contract a wide variety of diseases and bacteria from pigeons including cryptococcal meningitis, salmonella, Listeria, E. Coli, and viral encephalitis.
- Keep Food Away
Pigeons are attracted to food and will scavenge on almost anything that comes their way. This is why several restaurant terraces in Montreal are plagued with swathes of pigeons looking to grab a morsel of food.
To avoid an infestation, it’s important to not leave any food outside. If you’re having an outdoor barbeque, make sure to cover all the exposed food and drinks. If you do see a pigeon approaching, it’s imperative not to feed it because it will make cooing noises that will attract other birds.
- Seal Any Holes Or Openings
Pigeons will look to nest in sheltered areas that are covered from the elements. If your roof or shed has any unsealed holes or opening, pigeons will find their way in and quickly set up a nesting place.
If you hear any thumping sounds in your attic accompanied with a rancid smell, you probably have a pigeon problem on your hand. It’s important to remove these birds from your house because it’s unhygienic and their feces can damage the floorboard and harbour bacteria and parasites. This can be especially dangerous if you have young children, who are more susceptible due to their weakened immune systems.
- Call The Decontaminators
Many individuals struggle for months on end to deal with an infestation, thinking they’ve got a handle on the problem and can solve it themselves. In order to save both time and money, it’s best to call a decontaminator who can assess the situation and properly take care of the problem.
Here at Élite Décontamination, we have the proper knowledge and skillset to tackle a pigeon infestation, meaning your property will be vermin-free in no time. We use a variety of techniques to drive the pigeons out of the enclosed space and can install anti-pigeon devices that will prevent them from returning in large droves. Our specialists can also remove the fecal debris left behind, so your property won’t be a hotbed for parasites and bacteria to fester and duplicate.
If you’re stressing out due to a pigeon infestation, it’s important to remain calm and let the professionals take over and solve the problem. It can be very risky to try and remove a flock of pigeons on your own. It’s best to call Élite Décontamination and let us properly remove the unwanted pests.