Why You Don't Want Pigeons Hanging Around Your New Jersey Commercial Property

March 27, 2020


Even if you love birdwatching, you shouldn’t get too excited about pigeons staying on or near your New Jersey commercial property. There are several reasons you should fight to keep pigeons away because doing so could make all the difference.

a pigeon on a sidewalk

What’s Wrong with Pigeons?

Generally, business owners take two approaches to pigeons. They either ignore them completely or enjoy interacting with them and even feed them. Although they are opposite approaches, they are equally dangerous. Having pigeons on your property is never a good thing.

Pigeons Are Disease Carriers

One of the most significant issues with pigeons is the fact that they can carry diseases. There are three diseases commonly associated with the birds. First, there’s histoplasmosis. This disease is spread by the inhalation of particulates of bird droppings. Typically, people who are immuno-compromised are susceptible to histoplasmosis. Cryptococcosis can also be spread by pigeon droppings. Although the disease is rare in healthy people, it does put those with compromised immune systems in danger. Last, psittacosis could be spread by pigeons, albeit it is a rare occurrence. It is treatable, but the symptoms are not pleasant.
As a business owner, you probably realize the importance of keeping your employees and customers safe. Allowing pigeons to remain on your property poses a health risk to everyone who comes to your place of business.

Slip And Fall Hazards

Pigeons can cause slip and fall accidents. This is a result of their droppings rather than the presence of the birds themselves. Bird droppings are slick and slippery. As an individual passes in front of your property, they could slip and fall. And the more pigeons you have, the more opportunities there are for falls. In the winter, the danger is even greater. Frozen bird droppings are more slippery and more difficult to see. You could have a lawsuit on your hands. 

Damage To Your Building

When you have one pigeon, you have multiple pigeons. That means potential damage to your building and the pavement surrounding it. Pigeon feathers and droppings can make blockages in your gutters. As a result, your building could experience water damage. The pigeons themselves may also do harm to your building. They can lift roof tiles, battens, and coverings. 

How To Keep Pigeons Away

If you want to keep pigeons away from your commercial property, you need to take action. There are a few methods that can deter these flying pests. For one, you could hang wind chimes. A decoy owl, snake, or hawk might scare off pigeons as well. However, statues are not always good for appearances. If you want to maintain a professional appearance, this might not be the best choice. 
 
Another option is to install anti-roosting spikes. Generally, they are available at hardware stores. The spikes make your roof an undesirable environment for the birds, but they are difficult to install on your own.
 
You can buy pigeon gel-repellent. Unlike spikes, this is a less permanent solution and preferred by business owners who rent their property. The gel makes the surface of the roof tacky and slippery, which makes perching difficult. To keep the product working, you need to reapply it frequently.

Get Help From An Experienced Professional

Perhaps the easiest and most effective method of keeping away pigeons is to hire a professional. Here at Amco Pest Solutions, we have experience in dealing with unwanted pigeons. We’ll analyze your situation and determine the best way to eliminate your pest problem. If you’re ready to take action, give us a call today. 




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