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How to Prevent Pigeon Damage and Disease at Your Business

September 26, 2022   |   Pests

We understand your business is your livelihood. You’ve dedicated many resources to ensuring your company is protected and the last thing you have time for is dealing with nuisance pigeons making their home on your building!  Known for picking up breadcrumbs from animal lovers at the park, these dangerous and unhealthy birds will wreak havoc on your building structure, perhaps even deterring customers from patronizing your business.


Pigeons can be found in cities, suburbs, and around farmland. These well-known birds use the day to forage for food, feed their chicks, and deface buildings and statues.

Pigeons gather together in a behavior known as roosting. Ideal perching and nest building areas include rooftops, eaves and sides of buildings, beams, ledges, rafters, HVAC systems, and any flat surface they can find.


There are several ways pigeons can cause damage to your property. Their acidic droppings can damage buildings, painted surfaces, limestone, etc. As a result, you will want pigeon removal services.

If unsightly pigeon excrement found on your building isn’t enough to contact us for pigeon removal services, then the damage they can cause might be. Pigeon droppings are acidic in nature and the excrement that builds up can damage the finish of your building, whether it be marble, limestone, or metal. As a result, you may be looking at extensive repairs that could be avoided.

Another significant concern to business owners is the integrity of their infrastructure.  Pigeons’ nests and droppings are known for severely degrading roofs.  Over time, the acid will eat away at tar-based roofing materials, leading to another problem – leaks and water damage which can result in mold and costly repairs. Another reason to contact us for pigeon removal services.

Pigeons can also find their way into ceilings, causing them to collapse. These pesky birds can destroy your mechanical systems, block ventilation systems leading to health issues, and can even enhance the possibility of a fire.  Bird excrement is also very slippery causing someone to potentially slip and fall.

In addition, historic buildings are especially prone to damage if they’ve been constructed out of either sand or limestone. These softer stone surfaces can degrade easily from pigeon excrement, so it is in your best interest to call a professional for pigeon removal services.

FYI – Building owners have been known to spend millions of dollars every year just on roof repairs.


Pigeons can carry a variety of parasites and diseases. In fact, their droppings have been linked to more than 60 diseases like Histoplasmosis, Candidiasis, Cryptococcosis, Salmonellosis, St. Louis Encephalitis, and many more. Exposure to these birds could cause severe illness, especially in those whose health is compromised.

Since pigeons build nests in chimneys and around rooftop ventilation systems, their disease-ridden feathers can spread through space much quicker, contributing to severe illness or even death. Airflow blockage can also be fatal.

In some cases, people have been known to die from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of their fireplace exhaust system being blocked by bird nests.

The small twigs, feathers and dried droppings found in bird nests make excellent kindling for fires. Sadly, all it takes is a heated bulb or tiny spark to ignite a fire to destroy an entire building.


If you have a pigeon problem, contact us for the proper tools and techniques to remove pigeons and keep them away. Some of the strategies we use include:

  • Displacement and control of nuisance birds such as pigeons and sea gulls
  • Baiting and trapping techniques
  • Eliminating roosting and perch areas
  • Disorientation of the flock causing them to move to a new area
  • Exclusionary tactics for prevention
  • Deterrents to keep them from returning

One of our expert technicians will inspect your property, seal all entry areas, and determine the appropriate strategy for effective removal and prevention.

If you are noticing even just one pigeon, this is the time to call before the rest of the gang makes their way to the party on your property.

Turner Pest Control has been doing business for over 50 years, serving home and business owners just like you.  When you need help with pigeon control and removal for your home or business, contact us, 800-225-5305.

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