Pigeon Control Services in Wokingham  

Give pigeons the bird - professional bird solutions in Wokingham from a local company  

 
Towns the size of Wokingham have a sizable pigeon problem and here at Bracknell Pest Control we have the ultimate pigeon solution – high quality net installations that are guaranteed to resolve the issue of pigeons roosting and nesting on your building. 

Pigeon problems in Wokingham  

Pigeon identification and behaviour 
 
Pigeons are as happy walking through pedestrian areas as they are flying, this is because the arrangement of their toes enables them to walk quickly across flat surfaces as well as grip small branches when they roost. These birds are super intelligent and expert scavengers, always on the lookout for a dropped crust of bread or a spilt carton of french fries. 
 
Pigeons are a domesticated version of their native cousin the rock dove and have still share a few traits, generally a blue grey in colour with a white rump, feral pigeons are known for the iridescent band of feathers around their chest and throat. 
 
Becoming an increasingly common sight on our streets the feral pigeon population is rapidly growing and our most common pest bird; many people refer to them as flying rats and they certainly share some similarities as a pest with rats. 
 

Pigeon breeding 

Pigeons are monogamous and tend to mate for life with each mating pair typically having three or four broods in a year. However, when given a quiet and protected nest site along with a plentiful supply of food they can produce up to ten broods over the course of a year. 
The build up of excess nesting material, empty egg shells, pigeon guano and the occasional dead bird means that these nests quickly cause problems with rainwater management. 
The female lays just two eggs and these are spherical in shape with a solid bright white colour, the eggs take roughly 18 days to hatch, the young remain inside the nest until their flight feathers are fully formed and this takes around 35 days. This behaviour protects the birds and ensures the best chance of survival. 
 
 
 
two pigeons

Pigeon nesting 

Pigeons build a simple nest which consists of nothing more than a shallow bowl of twigs and collected rubbish that will be bound together with their droppings, the birds will continue to use these nests adding more material with each brood. 
The male bird will pick the nest site and they prefer small flat areas away from the ground, pigeons especially like overhead cover to protect the nest as they can breed all year long. Ideal nest sites will be on sheltered ledges, on bridge supports, underneath air conditioning units, occasionally they can be found on recessed windowsills, but anywhere where there is overhead cover. 
When pigeon numbers are high and there is a lot of competition, pigeons may even abandon nest building and lay their eggs straight onto a flat surface like those found on residential balconies. 
 
 
pigeon with eggs

Pigeon behaviour 

Pigeons are not a migratory species of bird and their natural instinct is to stay close to their birth site, the pigeon forms a strong attachment to its birth area and will have determined personality, meaning that when the time comes to move the pigeons off the building they will be determined to stay. 
Pigeons are also a social species of bird and seek the company of others, when one bird rests, others will quickly turn up and in a short space of time, you’ll have a small group of birds. 
This means a lot of noise and disturbance for building occupants, pigeons coo to express their availability to mate and as a form of warning to others if a predator is close by, they will make grunting noises to deter other pigeons from coming close to their nest and when they are in a state of distress. They will also stamp their feet and clap their wings loudly when taking off from the roost. 
pigeon on a roof

What is the problem with pigeons nesting on our building? 

Because of the social nature of pigeons, where you get one then you’ll soon get more and as the numbers rise, this is when the problems set in. Pigeons are large birds and each one produces around a kilogram of droppings or guano as we call it, each month, and it’s the sheer amount of droppings that creates much of the problem. 
 
Pigeon droppings in themselves are highly toxic, the guano forms a dense mass which is nutrient rich and an ideal breeding ground for some very nasty bacteria, fungus and viruses. All of these can lead to serious health issues and no matter whether this involves a domestic setting or a commercial one, action must be taken to remove the waste and decontaminate the area. 
 
That’s not just the only problem with pigeon droppings, as well as being toxic they are highly acidic; whatever the guano covers is slowly being eaten away. With a similar level of acidity to that of a lemon, the guano eats away all the surfaces that its sits; concrete, stone, metal , wood and paintwork will all be corroded with the result of long term damage to the structure. 
 
And if that wasn't’t enough, the sheer weight of droppings blocks rainwater collection and runoff systems meaning that hoppers become blocked, rainwater guttering fills up and can then become detached under the weight, and roof valleys fill up allowing water to seep into the internal roof space 
Pigeon nest on AC equipment
Baby pigeon in a gutter

What is the best way to prevent pigeons from nesting in Wokingham?  

 
With over 19 years or experience in the pest control industry, we consider that bird netting is the best way of preventing pigeons from nesting on your property. When bird netting is fitted professionally, the net forms a solid, almost invisible barrier that prevents the birds from landing or flying into the areas that are protected by the net. 
 
Successful control of pigeons depends on the correct choice of bird deterrent; we underestimate these intelligent birds and successful pigeon control does not work on a one size fits all approach. A good example of this is that we often see spiking fitted in areas that are wholly inappropriate and the installation has only made things worse. 
 
Where pigeons have found a nest site this will have some protection from the elements and this is when bird netting cannot be beaten, we find that domestic balconies are now a favourite site for pigeons to nest on and it’s a simple operation to fit a net across the open face of the balcony to keep the birds away. 
 
Other spaces that are favourite sites for pigeons include roof top machinery on commercial properties, often the air conditioning plant and fans for smoke vents sit in voids on top of the flat roof of these buildings. 
 
Seldom visited these areas make ideal habitats for pigeons and the birds will nest on any ledges they can find, often within the frame of the actual machinery. We can install nets around the plant, either using the natural contours of the building to help us build a frame or we can use free standing supports and build a cage around the plant. 
hornets
 
bird netting
 
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There are other bird deterrents available, why is netting considered the best?  

There are a multitude of bird deterrent systems to choose from which prevent pigeons from nesting; from visual ones that scare the birds off to spikes, coils and rails that are all designed to prevent the birds from landing and perching. 
 
Each of these systems has the correct place in which it will work but with limitations, where netting is without doubt, the best way of preventing pigeons from settling and nesting. The failure of visual deterrents is that the birds eventually become used to their presence and they fail to scare the birds off.  
 
Spiking can be overcome as the birds will drop twigs and debris into the open crown, eventually this builds up enough for the birds to perch and once they start perching, their faeces will glue this mass together and another nest is formed. 
 
A bird net installed by Bracknell Pest Control will last for well over ten years and we have over 19 years’ experience in general pest control along with providing bird control services throughout Berkshire and parts of West London. 
 
Our technicians are fully trained in bird control, and they hold IPAF qualifications that allow us to hire and use hydraulic access equipment for safe access to difficult to reach areas. 
 
If you want a no obligation quote for pigeon control then get in touch with us. Our site surveys are free and we can talk you through the problem and the correct solution. 
 
If you want a no obligation quote for pigeon control then get in touch with us. Our site surveys are free and we can talk you through the problem and the correct solution. 
 
 

Got a problem with pigeons in Wokingham? 

Don’t delay phone us on 01344 534 311 as we have the solution for you. 
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