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.

Identifying a Pigeon

Pigeons have been around for quite some time and are one of the most common birds in the U.S. People have been known to raise them for food, entertainment, and the delivery of messages. Despite all the ways pigeons have been utilized for human needs, the birds are considered the most common winged pest.

Appearance & Habitat

Pigeons are traditionally gray with a whitish rump, but the birds may also appear in shades of white, tan, and black. They have characteristic double black stripes on their wing feathers, a single black band on their tail feathers, and bright red feet. The average pigeon weighs about 13 ounces (369 g) and typically measures 11 inches (28 cm) in length.

Dependent on human activity for a number of things, pigeons are cosmopolitan in distribution and build nests of sticks, twigs, and grasses in lofts, steeples, attics, caves, parks, warehouses, on bridges, and anywhere else that allows for roosting.

Pigeon Problems


Dependent on humans, pigeons typically live near areas of consistent activity. They commonly nest in lawn trees, barns, attics, and on roofs of residential homes. Since their preferred food sources include a wide variety of grains and seeds, garbage, the manure of livestock, insects, and nearly anything else people will feed them, pigeons are also commonly found on farms, in places of business, and storage facilities.


Pigeons are quite filthy animals. Their droppings are abundant wherever infestations are present and stain building facades, park benches, statues, and even cars. Pigeon droppings also accelerate the deterioration and erosion of building materials. Furthermore, their excrement contains pathogens of numerous diseases. The birds can also harbor fleas, lice, mites, and ticks in their feathers, and with these other pests, they consume and contaminate stores of food meant for human and livestock consumption.

Pigeon Control

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 keep trees and shrubs trimmed. 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.

Trapping and Removal

As pigeons are known to 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 Oakland have the tools and knowledge of pigeon behavior to effectively and safely remove the birds.

Critter Control of Oakland will resolve your pigeon problem from removal to prevention! We will fix wildlife damages and implement professional prevention techniques that will keep wild animals such as pigeons out of your home for seasons to come. 

Critter Control of Oakland is your full-service wildlife control company. We can get rid of your problem animal, repair damages, and prevent future problems for good! Trust the professionals and get rid of your pigeon problem today!

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