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One of the most important steps that you will need to carry out if you believe that you have a pigeon infestation in your home is to inspect the property to see if you can find how the pigeons are getting in and out. In most cases they will only need one or two holes to get into an attic or roof space, where they will normally be located, and unlike some other species they will not usually be too concerned about making other entry holes and will use those that are easily available.
Precautions To Take Before Examining For Pigeon Damage
As you are going to be examining both inside and outside the property, you will need to make sure that you have long sleeved clothing and gloves available to protect yourself from any pecks or attempts to claw you from the pigeon. There are diseases that can be transmitted by the feces, so you should also ensure you have a breathing mask and goggles to protect yourself from any airborne diseases.
Examine The Roof For Loose Tiles Or Holes
The first step is to carry out an examination of the exterior, and the focus should be around the roof as this is where the birds will usually get in. Loose tiles can often reveal holes that the pigeons are using to get in and out, while the spaces around chimneys and windows in the roof can also be guilty in this area.
Look At Soffits And Vents
The wooden and plastic areas of any upper wall or roof areas will often be vulnerable areas in a property, so make sure that you are inspecting these closely, looking for any broken or damaged areas where the pigeons could be getting in and out. Pieces of nesting material stuck to these areas could be a sign that pigeons are getting in and out.
Carry Out An Internal Examination Of The Roof Space
Having examined the exterior, it is also worth taking an internal view of the roof space to see if there are any holes that you can find that weren't revealed in the exterior examination. Beware that there may be pigeons in the space, but also make sure that you look for any chinks of light and any signs that the pigeons may have been going in and out in a particular area.
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