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While there are many species of birds that can cause problems for home owners and in commercial properties, most birds will usually nest outside, but in some cases they will find a way into an attic, and will then proceed to build a nest there instead. Birds can cause a lot of problems, and certainly the fact that they will be leaving their droppings in the attic can pose a significant health risk. With their feathers and nesting material, they can also cause a significant amount of mess in a relatively short space of time.
Trapping And Removing Birds
Cage traps are the most common ways to deal with birds in the attic, as they are not particularly elusive, although bear in mind you will need a trap large enough to hold all of the pigeons in the attic. If it is only one or two, a small trap may suffice, but for larger colonies you may need to find a specialist. Bait can also be used in the traps, although if you are going to use poison bait make sure it is only inside the traps, as if the bird dies elsewhere it can be a problem to locate the attic.
Sealing The Attic
This is even more important when you are dealing with birds than other types of pests, as they will have a homing instinct and will return to their nest often soon after you release them. For this reason you will need to ensure that you have at least temporarily sealed any holes in the attic with chicken wire, or carried out full repairs before releasing the birds, otherwise they may be back in the attic by the time you get home.
Can You Just Relocate Pest Birds?
Relocating birds away from your property is one approach, but because of their homing instincts they will very rarely stay where you leave them. Indeed, when released, most birds will fly back to their original nesting area, so make sure you seal the attic to prevent the infestation from returning. It can also be worth installing anti pigeon spikes on any areas of the roof where they may be able to land and roost.
Do Repellents Work To Get Rid Of Birds?
Although there are several chemical and audio repellents on the market that are said to get rid of birds, these are rarely a successful way of dealing with a bird problem, and they will soon get used to the sound or smell produced by these products. Go back to the Bird Removal page.
Rock pigeons were domesticated many years ago and could have even been domesticated up to ten thousand years ago. They live in urban areas, and wind up in attics. These pigeons were domesticated for a number of reasons and really assisted humans in various ways especially during times of war. They were domesticated to assist humans in the delivery of messages and have delivered a large number of very important war messages. These days though a pigeon is considered pests because feral pigeons plague cities and many other places where large numbers of people and refuse are. These feral pigeons are rock pigeons that were domesticated in previous times and then released back into the wild. Due to their interactions with humans over the years it is extremely difficult to tell exactly from what part of the world they originated from.
How to Get Pigeons Out of Your Attic
The rock pigeon a pale grey color and always has two black bars going across their wings. The feral pigeons can be a wide variety of colors and patterns. They are usually about thirty-two to thirty-seven centimeters long and have a wingspan of roughly sixty-four to seventy-two centimeters. They usually only weigh roughly eight and a half to thirteen and a half ounces. Their irises are usually red, orange or a golden color with a light inside ring. They always have bare skin around their eyes which is usually a blue grey skin color. Their beaks are grey black with the upper part of their beak being an off white or creamy color. Their feet are also nearly always red and purplish. A male and female pigeon have the same patterns and coloring but the females do not have as much incandescence around their necks as the males do.
A rock pigeon is always monogamous and each brood has two younglings which both parents care for. They can often be found living in open and semi-open areas but like to use rock ledges and cliffs for their resting and mating. The rock pigeon is originally from Europe, Asia and Africa but the feral pigeons are now located in cities around the world. There are roughly seventeen to twenty eight million wild and feral pigeons in Europe.
Often times farmers will see a pigeon in their fields eating their grain and any green foods but these pigeons are not considered pests because they do not do any harm to the field. Pigeons are very interesting birds as they can be just as often found eating alone as they can be seen eating in flocks. They always eat their meals on the ground. In order for most birds to take a drink of water they must stick their beaks in the water to fill them up then tilt their heads to allow the water to run down their throats. A pigeon is quiet different in this respect as they don’t have to tip their heads back and can easily drink continuously without having to stop.
Pigeons do a lot of reproducing during the spring and summer months but can produce offspring at any time of the year and often do so. Their nests are found to be high off the ground and along cliff and rock ledges. The period of time from hatching to flying for any young pigeon is roughly thirty days.