Pigeons

  • Scientific Name: Columba livia

Pigeons

Scientific Name:

Columba livia

How to identify a pigeon

Pigeons are gentle, plump, small-billed birds with a skin saddle (cere) between the bill and forehead. All pigeons strut about with a characteristic bobbing of the head. Because of their long wings and powerful flight muscles, they are strong, swift fliers.

Where are pigeons commonly found?

Pigeons are commonly found on and around skyscrapers, highway overpasses, farm buildings, abandoned buildings, and other human structures with ample crevices are conducive to pidgeon nesting. They will also rest on building ledges, walls or statues.

Why are pigeons considered a pest?

Pigeons excrete urates which over time corrodes masonry and metal.

Contact with pigeon droppings poses a minor risk of contracting fungal infections that affect the lungs, with long term exposure to droppings and feathers inducing an allergy known as bird fancier's lung and other bacterial contagions. Pigeons are also carriers of Salmonella.

What is the biology and lifecycle of pigeons?

Pigeons are monogamous; i.e., they mate for life, and the survivor accepts a new mate only slowly. The female lays two glossy white eggs in a flimsy nest that barely holds them. The female generally incubates the eggs by night, the male by day. The incubation period is 14 to 19 days, but the young are cared for in the nest for another 12 to 18 days.

Management Tips for Pigeons

To effectively protect a building from a bird problem, it often requires a combination of products.  Take into account the following in designing your bird protection system:

  • Bird species/pressure
  • Building structure
  • Location of problem
  • Installation issues
  • Durability requirements
  • Aesthetic requirements
  • Safety/environmental concerns
  • Cost

A wide range of bird protection systems are available to effectively protect a building from a bird problem with various different methods:

Area exclusions - When installed correctly, bird netting provides the most complete, humane and durable system for bird exclusion.

Ledge exclusion - Large Birds: A system of spikes, wires and spiders can be utilised to discourage birds from landing on ledges. All Birds: a system of slopes and shock systems can be utilised.

Scare devices - A variety of scarer and repeller devices are available

Traps - For humane and safe removal of birds, particularly in sensitive areas

Avicide - For pigeons, sparrows and starlings.  Only for application by authorised persons.

Solar panel protection - Solar panel exclusion kits are designed to prevent nesting under solar arrays - avoids expensive damage and reduction in efficiency due to bird droppings on panels.

Disease protection - PX Ornikill can be used as a clean up product and disease protection treatment, kill a range of disease organisms associated with pest birds such as ornithosis and psittacosis. 

PRODUCT SOLUTIONS FOR Pigeons

Each pest control product is registered for use in specific environments, situations, pest life stages and other key factors. Please always consult the product label for detailed information about how to use each product.

Premium Bird Net 19mm

Globe's 19mm Premium Bird Netting is suitable for smaller birds as well as larger birds such as pigeons and seagulls. Our premium bird nets are suitable for all levels of bird infestation and are manufactured from knotted high-density polythene (HDPE) for durability.

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Premium Bird Net 50mm

Globe's 50mm Premium Bird Netting is suitable for larger birds such as pigeons and seagulls. Our premium bird nets are suitable for all levels of bird infestation and are manufactured from knotted high-density polythene (HDPE) for durability.

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Vexo GX21 Stainless Steel Gutter Bird Spikes

VEXO GX21 gutter spikes are stainless steel bid spikes uniquely designed and shaped to prevent birds from perching and nesting in gutters.

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Vexo K6 HD Wide Stainless Steel Bird Spikes

VEXO K6 bird spikes are extra dense, light weight spikes that can deter smaller birds like starlings, mynas, and even sparrows.

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Vexo MZ30 Solar Mesh Guard Kit

VEXO solar panel guard kits are designed to keep birds and other rodents from getting under solar panels and protect the roof, electrical wiring, and solar panels from damage. Use this solar panel mesh to build an effective physical barrier around your solar panels to keep birds and rodents from nesting underneath.

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Vexo Spikes SS21 Stainless Steel Narrow Bird Spikes

VEXO SS21 Narrow Bird Spikes are lightweight fully Stainless steel spikes that provide discrete protection against pigeons, mynas, starling, galahs, magpies and cockatoos.

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Vexo Spikes SS41 Stainless Steel Wide Spikes

VEXO SS41 Wide Bird Spikes are stainless steel spikes that provide discrete protection against pigeons, mynas, starling, galahs, magpies and cockatoos. SS41 spikes are the most popular bird spike as a durable versatile solution against pest birds.

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Vexo Spikes SS61 Stainless Steel Ultra Wide Bird Spikes

VEXO SS61 Ultra Wide Bird Spikes are stainless steel spikes that provide discrete protection against pigeons, mynas, starling, galahs, magpies and cockatoos. SS61 spikes provide extra wide protection coverage against medium size birds.

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Vexo Spikes SW71 Stainless Steel Solar / Eave Bird Spikes

VEXO SW71 Eave and Solar Bird Spikes are stainless steel spikes that provide discrete protection against pigeons, mynas, starling, galahs, magpies, and cockatoos. SW71 spikes are highly versatile, used to protect eaves, solar panels, and window ledges.

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Alphachloralose Bird Control Agent
990g/kg Alphachloranose

Alphachloralose is a bird control agent for use only in the control of pigeon (Columbalivia) and sparrow (Passerdomesticus and Passer montanus)

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Beam Clamp and Post 95mm x 4mm (PK10)

Beam Clamp & Post is a tool designed for bird wire systems. Designed for clamping bird wire onto horizontal flanges of girders and beams. The Beam Clamp has a 21mm jaw which fits over flanges.

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Bird Post Double-Headed 130mm x 4mm

Larger sized bird posts for bird wire systems to protect against pigeons. The double headed bird post is designed for medium pressure infestation. These posts can be installed by knocking them into Anchor Rivets.

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Bird Post Double-Headed 150mm x 4mm (PK100)

Bird posts for bird wire systems to protect against pigeons. The double headed bird post is designed for horizontal installations. The 150mm x 4mm Double-Headed post is ideal for use over smaller delicate or lead covered ledges. 

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Bird Post Stainless Steel 120mm x 4mm (PK100)

Standard sized bird posts for bird wire systems to protect against pigeons. Wire is suspended between bird wire posts to prevent large birds from landing. Install these bird posts by knocking them into Anchor Rivets. These posts need to be positioned at 1.5m intervals along the ledge. These posts are used for the lead. These posts will be supplied in packs of 100.

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Bird Post Stainless Steel 125mm x 4mm (PK100)

Standard sized bird posts for bird wire systems to protect against pigeons. Wire is suspended between bird wire posts to prevent large birds from landing. These bird posts are designed to be inserted into Stick-on bases. Use these posts when multiple rows of bird wire is needed.

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Bird Post Stainless Steel 150mm x 4mm (PK100)

Larger sized bird posts for bird wire systems to protect against pigeons. Wire is suspended between bird wire posts to prevent large birds from landing. These bird posts are designed to be installed by knocking them into Anchor Rivets. Use these posts when multiple rows of bird wire is needed.

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Bird Post Stainless Steel 95mm x 4mm (PK100)

Standard sized bird posts for Bird wire systems to protect against pigeons. Wire is suspended between bird wire posts to prevent large birds from landing. The posts are designed to be inserted into Stick-on Bases. These posts are designed for the leading edge of a ledge. The bird post is 4mm diameter and is made with stainless steel.

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Bird wire Crimper and Cutter Tool

A dual purpose easy to use tool designed for cutting bird wire and crimping the crimps. This multi-purpose tool is highly durable and high strength which is built to last.

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Bird wire Crimps Nickel Plated (PK100)

Bird wire crimps are used to secure the end of bird wire run. The bird wire is threaded through the crimp and then through the hole in the bird post, and back through the crimp.

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Bird Wire Nylon Coated 300m

The coated wire is suspended between bird wire posts to prevent large birds from landing. Bird wire is a low-profile bird deterrent system ideal for handrails, ledges, rooftops, parapet walls and other areas large birds are landing.

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BirdWire Micro Spring (PK100)

Bird wire Micro Spring is to be used for tensioning bird wire on the post and bird wire system.  Micro Springs are installed at one end of each run of bird post and wire.

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Birdwire Nylon Coated 100m

The coated wire is suspended between bird wire posts to prevent large birds from landing. Bird wire is a low-profile bird deterrent system ideal for handrails, ledges, rooftops, parapet walls and other areas large birds are landing.

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BirdWire Standard Spring Stainless Steel (PK100)

Bird wire Standard Spring is to be used for tensioning bird wire on the post and bird wire system.  Standard Springs are installed at one end of each run of bird post and wire.

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D-Ter Animal & Bird Repellent

D-Ter Animal & Bird Repellent is a safe and effective repellent used to deter unwanted animals and birds. D-Ter is ideal for use as a repellent for dogs, cats, birds, possums, kangaroos, bandicoots and many other animals.

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Gutter Post 95mm x 4mm (PK100)

Bird posts for bird wire systems to protect against pigeons. The gutter post is designed for clamping bird wire onto gutters and vertical flanges. The gutter post has a 21mm jaw which fits over the gutter.

 

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Pigeon Rail Clamp Post (PK10)

Pigeon Rail clamps are posts that are designed to suspend bird wire around hand rails or pipes.

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Split Pins Stainless Steel 25mm (PK100)

Split pins are a discrete fixing that need to be inserted in a horizontally fitted anchor rivet. Once horizontally fitted attach the bird wire spring to the split pin. These Split Pins can also be used as an intermediate net fixing.

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Stick on Plastic Base - Grey (PK10)

The Stick-on plastic bases support bird wire system and can be glued to any ledge surface. Posts that are 4mm are designed to be inserted into these Stick-on Bases.

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Avipoint P14 Narrow Bird Spikes

Avipoint P14 Narrow Bird Spikes are made from high quality stainless steel spikes insert-moulded into UV stabilised polycarbonate base. Available by the metre.

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Avipoint P20 Wide Bird Spikes

Avipoint P20 Wide Bird Spikes are made from high quality stainless steel spikes insert-moulded into UV stabilised polycarbonate base. Available by the metre.

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Avipoint P32 Extra Wide Bird Spikes

Avipoint P32 Extra Wide Bird Spikes are made from high quality stainless steel spikes insert-moulded into UV stabilised polycarbonate base. Available by the metre.

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Bird Free Optical Gel - 15 Pack

Bird Free Optical Gel keeps birds off all structures without harming them. It does so by altering their behaviour, not by acting as a physical barrier. Once applied, birds will completely desert a habitat, even one they have been using for years.

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Bird Free Optical Gel with Magnet - 15 Pack

Bird Free Optical Gel keeps birds off all structures without harming them. It does so by altering their behaviour, not by acting as a physical barrier. Once applied, birds will completely desert a habitat, even one they have been using for years.

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