Pigeon FAQs

How do you do pigeon removal?

Pigeons usually return to the place where they were born and can be very reluctant to move to another building. This is why they can be difficult to remove. Our licensed pest controller will inspect and assess the situation to determine the best solution for pigeon removal for you. We usually recommend a combination of both removal and proofing for best results. The options include fitting spikes, mesh or bird netting as well as removing by trapping, chemical treatments or in special circumstances, shooting.

Why is it more effective for a pigeon removal job to be done in 2 stages?

Pigeon pest control by trapping, shooting or using treated grain is usually only a temporary measure to remove the resident pigeons. So we recommend both pigeon removal but also long term solutions like installing bird netting, bird spikes and mesh proofing to prevent other pigeons, that may have been born at the site in the past, from moving back in when the site is available and nesting again.

Why are pigeons coming to my property?

Usually when we do pigeon removal they are birds that were born at the site, possibly an older house that has been renovated or demolished before rebuilding. Otherwise the birds are attracted by food nearby, shelter or it is an elevated location with views so they can easily spot any danger from predators.

Why do you have to eradicate the pigeons when you do removal?

Pigeons are a feral bird in Australia, so they are not native and if caught during removal, must be euthanised by law. As there species name “Rock Dove” suggests they like solid structures like cliffs which unfortunately means pigeons love to live on buildings rather than trees. This causes many issues for people in cities not only because they are noisy and messy but also because they carry many diseases. This is why pigeons cannot be relocated and should be removed promptly by a licensed pest controller.

How quickly can you remove the pigeons?

It depends on the situation if they are in a large area like a warehouse or undercover area, we may be able to do removal via pigeon shooting so any birds shot are removed immediately. But most pigeon removal is conducted over a 4-6 week period. If we trap or treat the pigeons often we need to train them to feed first so it is a process that does take some time to achieve good removal results.

What can I do when my neighbour feeds pigeons?

It is not easy to find a solution as some people are happy to feed feral birds as well as natives. If possible discussing concerns with the neighbour may help. We can provide deterrents for birds using your property but an effective pigeon removal solution will be hard to find if someone else continues to attract the birds by feeding. In some cases Council Health Officers will consider the situation to be a health issue and issue orders demanding a cessation of actions that attract the pigeons but enforcement is inconsistent.

Peter Installing Bird Proofing

Peter Installing Bird Proofing

Feral Pigeons

Feral Pigeons