Pigeons were around long before humans. They originated several million years in Asia when they were known as ‘rock doves’, due to their similarities to the dove.
During the first ever Olympic Games held in Greece in 776 BC, pigeons were used as messengers and carried notes around the country to report who had won each game. It is believed that before the invention of the telegraph, the pigeon was the fastest way to send any message.
Pigeons can fly at around 50 miles per hour and have strong homing instincts that enable them to find their way back from hundreds of miles away. Years ago some people even kept pigeons as pets or trained them to become racing pigeons in what is known as a coop in their back garden.
Nowadays pigeons are found in almost all metropolitan areas across the globe and can reproduce throughout the year, raising up to four or five broods annually. And that?s started to cause some problems?
Over the years pigeons have had closer links with humans than any other bird species. They have been kept as pets, used for sending messages and for racing. However, these days the pigeon is extremely unpopular.
Today pigeons are often referred to as ‘rats with wings’, as in recent years they have caused a large amount of problems across towns and cities and can carry viral diseases such as Chiamdiosis (similar to flu) and Psittacosis (similar to pneumonia).
Pigeon fouling can cause considerable amounts of damage to buildings and architecture if left to accumulate, due to the acidity in their droppings. Their accumulated deposits weigh several tons and cost councils around £ 15 million a year to clean up.
These pesky birds can also cause problems for farmers as they can eat their way through approximately 64 pounds of food in just one year.
Terminex can effectively remove and deter pigeons from your commercial or residential property. Our friendly, experienced technicians offer a complete removal and cleaning service, eliminating any fowling that has defaced your premises.
Contact us today and get rid of pigeon pest problems for good.