Feral Pigeon/Rock Dove

Columba livia.

Professional Bird Control in Gloucester and Cheltenham

A scruffy looking feral pigeon

Feral Pigeon/Rock Dove (Columba livia).

Feral pigeons deface buildings, resulting in unsightly stained glass windows and decorated architecture. These birds, originally descended from wild Rock Doves, have adapted to urban environments such as apartment buildings, Victorian Gothic structures, and railway arches. Without natural predators, sick pigeons can infect healthy ones with diseases like ornithosis, which can also be transmitted to humans. Additionally, their droppings can spread diseases and become airborne particles when dry, leading to respiratory issues.

Pigeon droppings are acidic and can corrode metals, stonework, and brickwork, while their nesting materials can block chimneys, flues, and gutters, causing potential carbon monoxide issues and building damage. The fouling on buildings not only looks unpleasant and emits odors but also tarnishes a business’s reputation, potentially deterring customers. Pigeon activity is closely associated with parasites like mites, ticks, fleas, and beetles, so neglecting a bird problem may result in a parasite infestation as well.


Pigeon prevention, proofing, and control require specialized skills and equipment. Instead of reducing the pigeon population, it is more effective to remove their food sources or block off their perching and roosting sites. Proofing techniques, such as barriers, spikes, nets, and wire, are commonly used by professional pest controllers. Active systems like shock strips, audible scarers, and optical gels have also been employed to discourage pigeons from landing or roosting on buildings. While these methods have their merits, their effectiveness may decrease over time. In severe pigeon infestations, additional control methods like shooting, trapping, or using predatory birds may be necessary.