PIGEONS (Columba livia)
Pigeons are the most recognizable bird to urban/suburban residents. Ranging from a multitude of colors, pigeons can be easily recognized by their red feet and the two dark bands on the secondary wing feathers. They average ¾ pound and are about 11 inches in length.
Pigeons are primarily grain and seedeaters; however, they will feed on just about anything people will give them. They can, and do turn to insects, and the like, when their natural food sources are scarce, however, in urban environments, this seldom is the case. These birds come into contact with humans, more so than any other bird. Their roosting and nesting habits can wreak havoc on/in buildings, roofs and anything else that happens to be around these areas. A very dirty bird; pigeons can build their entire nest from their droppings. If chicks die, they will even weave these into the nesting material. Average brood size is two to four. Males and females care for the brood. The young hatch from the eggs 18 days after they are laid. In 5-6 weeks, they leave the nest. More eggs are laid before the previous young leave. Pigeons can lay eggs 365 days a year, however, peak egg laying occurs in the spring and fall.
The biggest concern in regards to pigeons is the health risk that is posed by the droppings. Inhalation of the dust from pigeon droppings can cause severe respiratory problems (ie: histoplasmosis). The droppings also attract several forms of parasites (most common are fleas and mites). The droppings are also very acidic and when allowed to accumulate or remain for long periods of time, the acid can eat through shingles and the paint on houses and cars.
Pigeons can be excluded from nesting areas using several methods. Roost inhibitors whether permanent or temporary can be very effective. Plastic owls are a waste of money. Soon after these are used, pigeons will clue in that they are not real and sit on them. Trapping pigeons is futile unless they are destroyed. Pigeons have strong homing instincts and will soon return. Several methods also exist to stop pigeons from entering parkade entrances.
Pigeons can be quite an aggravation, when they gather where they are not wanted. Call Advanced Wildlife Control at 497-2582 to solve your pigeon problem.
Section 51 of the Revised Statutes of the Wildlife Act states that unless you have a valid permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources, you cannot remove any nests and their contents or trap any bird in the province of Nova Scotia. Failure to comply can result in charges under stated section of the Wildlife Act.
According to Department of Natural Resources record keeping, Advanced Wildlife Control does more Pigeon removals than any other company in N.S. - a testament to our professionalism and reasonable prices.
By contacting Advanced Wildlife Control, you are getting a truly N.S. owned and operated business, not a franchise company from somewhere in Canada and/or the U.S. Franchises can mean higher costs for you. The N.S. Wildlife Act requires individuals working as a nuisance wildlife operator to be licensed. I am fully licensed pursuant to the N.S. Wildlife Act. To ensure you are dealing with a licensed operator, you should ask the operator to produce their license.