For any pigeon or bird issues around your home or place of business please contact Emris Services who are trained in bird control and the regulations around bird removal and proofing. We have access to a range of resources, professional use products and tools which are not available to the public.
Due to the serious health issues any bird infestation can pose it is essential that you get professional advice.
Pigeons can become a real nuisance especially if they are residing on or around your property.
Pigeons are increasing in numbers, especially in town centres, where they have adapted to their artificial cliffs of buildings and are becoming a real pest with their droppings on buildings, pavements, cars etc.
These are called feral pigeons and they are a descent of the Wild Rock Dove, this bird has become semi domesticated and the pigeon is the most serious pest associated with human habitations.
Pigeons rely on food scraps and will be found in droves near to, cafes, restaurants and other food outlets in busy town centres.
Some of the more common diseases and pathogens that birds can spread:
- Chlamydia psittaci (Ornithosis)
- Salmonella spp.
- Cryptococcus neoformans
- Escherichia coli
- Histoplasma capsulatum
- Campylobacter jejuni
- Allergenic particles (bird fancier’s lung)
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Vibrio cholerae
In 2019, two patients died in a Glasgow hospital who had contracted a cryptococcal fungal infection which was subsequently linked to pigeon droppings.
When dry, pigeon droppings can become airborne in small particles, which can lead to respiratory complaints. You should always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when cleaning up bird droppings.
Research suggests that up to 49% of feral pigeons could be infected with Chlamydia psittaci. Human infection is called ornithosis, and symptoms include chills, fever, sweating, severe weakness, headache, blurred vision, pneumonia, possibly death.