Pigeons in the attic or on the roof? Those pesky rock doves leaving droppings all over are common pigeons. Pigeons are notorious for causing significant damage to buildings, vehicles, property and machinery with their excessive droppings. Not only do pigeon droppings cause odor and aesthetic problems in public places, droppings can also increase the rate of building destruction.

Identify a Pigeon

Pigeons can be raised for food, racing, and the delivery of messages. Other than those reasons, pigeons are mostly known as great wildlife pests.


Pigeons are generally fairly easy to be identified. Their characteristics include:

  • Traditional Gray Color
  • Whitish Rump
  • Double Black Stripes on Wings
  • Single Black Band on Tail Feathers
  • Bright Red Feet
  • 13 Ounces in Weight
  • 11 Inches Long


Pigeons are dependent on human activity for sustenance. Their nests are built of sticks, twigs, and grasses. Pigeons ideal nesting areas include lofts, steeples, attics, caves, parks, warehouses, bridges, and anywhere else that offers architectural features that allow for roosting.

Pigeon Problems


Pigeons are dependent on humans and orient themselves near areas of consistent activity. Normally, pigeons will net in ornamental lawn trees, barns, attics, and on roofs of homes and businesses. Due to their preferred food sources (grains, seeds, garbage, livestock manure, insects, and nearly anything humans will feed them) pigeons are mostly found on farms, places of business, and storage facilities.

Pigeon Damage

Pigeons are filthy animals that will create terrible messes. Their droppings will be abundant wherever infestations are present. Pigeon droppings will stain building facades, park benches, statues, and cars. Along with being terrible to look at, pigeon droppings will accelerate deterioration of building materials and are malodourous. Even more, their droppings will contain pathogens of numerous diseases and the birds harbor fleas, lice, mites, and ticks in their feathers. Their roosting habits can lead to contamination of stores of food meant for human and livestock consumption.

Pigeon Control

Trapping and Removal

As pigeons spread a number of diseases, individuals are safer not approaching them. In areas where pigeon infestations threaten the general public's health and well-being, pest control professionals should be called in to handle the problem. The trained technicians at Critter Control of Santa Fe have the tools and knowledge of pigeon behavior to effectively and safely remove the birds.

Control and Safety

Since they are drawn to nesting sites where food is abundant, pigeon control must center on the elimination of food sources. To keep pigeons out of parks, feeding should be strictly regulated. To keep the pests out of residential yards, property owners should seal trash bins, remove collections of debris, and trim trees and shrubs. Additionally, a number of products exist to keep pigeons from nesting on structures. Mesh netting and bird spikes, for example, can both be utilized successfully to stop the birds from nesting on roofs, in barns, steeples, and on building ledges.

For help with Pigeon Control, contact Critter Control of Santa Fe. 505.545.8891

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