- Pigeons love to roost on store signs. This is a very common problem in urban areas. Signs such as the one in the above photo provide a
suitable ledge for the birds to establish nesting areas. Oftentimes these signs are in mini-malls or other areas with ready access to food, such as from nearby
restaurants and people. Of course, no shop owner wants pigeons roosting on his or her store sign. The birds make quite a mess with their nesting material,
feathers, and of course, droppings. You can see some small accumulations of pigeon poo on the sign above, and a great deal of excrement also fell on the ground
below the sign, right near the front entrance to the building. This is unsightly and unsanitary, and not fit for a public place.
Thus, it's a common practice
in the nuisance wildlife field to install deterrents to keep pigeons from using these areas as roosts. There are many types of deterrents, such as shock tracks,
scare devices, angled barriers, netting, and bird spikes. On a flat surface like this, the spikes are the most common type of deterrent used. The concept is
simple: sharp spikes sticking up into the air prevent pigeons from landing and roosting on the flat surface. It's simple! It's just a matter of installing the
spikes on the area. They may be a bit unsightly, but it's better than dealing with a big pile of bird crap below the sign. It'd be nice if there were a simpler
way, but there's no sort of effective bird repellent, such as a spray or powder or sound-making device that will keep the birds away. Bird spikes such as the ones
shown in the above photo are usually the only real way to keep the birds off the sign for good.
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Health Risks And Pigeon Droppings Facts - Pigeons live in high numbers in urban populated areas, and their presence has become a matter of much concern for people everywhere.
Because they are quite persistent birds, they tend to reproduce a lot and move in large flocks, leaving behind a trail of disgusting droppings. Health risks of pigeon droppings
have started to be mentioned only during recent years, and did not make the front page right away. While you may not get infected by the germs carried by the pigeon feces, there
can be plenty of other people getting exposed to some serious conditions.
Here are some health risks of pigeon droppings and issues that have been mentioned recently. The main reason why the feces of these birds represent a danger for human
health is that they contain spores and germs that are the actual carriers of several diseases. Meningitis can be caused by inhaling the spores released into the air by pigeon
droppings, as well as other lung conditions that require medical treatment. If left without medical care, these conditions can become more severe, which is why more attention
to removing these birds is highly recommended. Cleaning the areas covered in pigeon droppings is not enough, as the birds often return to the same area and make a mess all over
again. You will need to use a method of exclusion to keep the birds from returning.