Pigeons Can Quickly Become A Problem In San Mateo


When pigeons invade your commercial property, they bring with them a series of problems and health risks. These pests quickly grow fond of their chosen habitats, making them extremely difficult to get rid of. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to deter pigeons from making a home out of your business. Read more in this informative guide about the problems pigeons cause in San Mateo and how to get rid of these birds for good.

Do I Need Professional Help With Pigeons On My Commercial Property?

Pigeons are one of the worst pests to have lingering around your business. They are extremely filthy and carry more diseases than rodents. They nest in dirty areas, and their droppings contain large amounts of harmful bacteria. Some of the diseases they carry and spread include salmonellosis, cryptococcosis, and toxoplasmosis. High amounts of fungus are also in their droppings, which can cause histoplasmosis. In addition to their droppings being a severe health risk, they are responsible for many slip and fall accidents each year. Pigeons commonly have infestations pests like fleas and ticks as well, which carry their own host of diseases.

Pigeons build their nests out of a variety of different materials. The trash they use can block gutters and drains and also become a fire risk. These birds are very difficult to get rid of due to their attachment to their nesting areas. Even if you take away their nests, pigeons are known to still lay their eggs where their old home was. Tackling a pigeon infestation may require the help of a pest control professional.

Ways To Deter Pigeons In San Mateo

Although it's tough to get rid of pigeons once they've made a home out of your commercial property, there are several ways to keep them away. Try some of these tips today:

  • Use a "pigeon scare" in the shape of a pigeon predator. Make sure it's realistic looking and move it from time to time, so the birds don't catch on.
  • Install an ultrasonic device that emits a pigeon-repelling frequency.
  • Install anti-roosting spikes on your roof.
  • Place reflective tape or foil around your property. The reflected light is disorienting to birds.
  • Use a motion-activated sprinkler.
  • Eliminate potential food sources and keep garbage cans covered.
  • If you have a chimney, make sure you cap it.
  • Seal off any entry points and cracks in your building's exterior to discourage nesting. Although these preventative measures are very effective, you may still wind up with a pigeon infestation. An exterminator skilled in pigeon pest control, like Pacific Pest Management, will assist you with removing these birds.

Do Bird Nets Really Keep Birds Away?

Bird netting has long been a popular way for people to keep pigeons off their properties. The purpose of the netting is to block birds from gaining access to your building or roof. While it's certainly an effective method of pest control, it has many drawbacks. One of the dangers of bird netting is that it can trap small animals and birds, harming or killing them. It's also not very aesthetically pleasing and could be an eyesore to potential customers.

Netting may also get in the way of any routine maintenance you need to perform on your roof or building. Lastly, nets attract other pests, especially spiders who will build their webs there. This ironically also attracts more birds who feed on insects, defeating the entire purpose of the net. 

Total Bird Control For Commercial Properties

When pigeons are taking over your property, call in the experts at Pacific Pest Control. For over 17 years, homeowners and businesses have relied on us as a go-to source of pest control in San Mateo. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can keep birds away from your commercial property.