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.

Pigeon Description

For hundreds of years, people have used pigeons for food, entertainment, and even for the delivery of messages. Despite all the ways pigeons can be utilized for human needs, the birds are considered the most common winged pest.


Pigeons can vary in color, size, and shape depending on their habitat. However, pigeons are easy to differentiate from other birds and are traditionally, as a species, similar in description.

Pigeons traditionally:

  • Are gray in color, with a whitish rump
  • May also appear in shades of white, tan, and black
  • Have two distinct, black stripes on their wing feathers
  • Have a single black band on their tail feathers
  • Have bright red feet
  • Weigh about 13 ounces (369 g) and measures 11 inches (28 cm) in length.


Pigeons are dependent on human activity. They build their nests of sticks, twigs, and grasses in lofts, steeples, attics, caves, parks, warehouses, on bridges, and anywhere architectural features allow for roosting. Due to their nesting habits, pigeon problems are common in and around residential and commercial buildings.



With pigeons depending on humans as they do for many things, pigeons orient themselves near areas of consistent human activity. They commonly nest in ornamental lawn trees, barns, attics, and on roofs of residential homes. Since their preferred food sources include grains and seeds, garbage, the manure of livestock, insects, and nearly anything people will feed them, pigeons are commonly found on farms, in places of business, and storage facilities like feed mills and grain elevators.


Pigeons are actually quite filthy animals. Their droppings, in addition to being aesthetically displeasing, accelerate deterioration or erosion of building materials. Furthermore, their droppings contain numerous disease pathogens, including orthosis, encephalitis, toxoplasmosis, and food poisoning. The birds can also harbor fleas, lice, mites, and ticks in their feathers and consume and contaminate food meant for human and livestock consumption.

Pigeons are not likely to harm people directly but with the birds presence comes issues. People should take caution and call professionals to eradicate the problem as soon as possible.


Control and Safety

Since they are drawn to nesting sites where food is abundant, pigeon control focuses on the elimination of food sources. To keep pigeons out of parks, feeding should be strictly regulated. Keeping the pests out of residential yards is as easy as, property owners making sure their trash is sealed away in enclosed bins. Removing collections of debris, and trimming trees and shrubs.  

Trapping and Removal

As pigeons spread a number of diseases, individuals are safer not approaching them. In areas where pigeon infestations threaten the well-being of family's and 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 have the tools and knowledge of pigeon behavior to effectively and safely remove the birds.

We can help you get rid of pigeon problems.  Call today: 1.800.274.8837.

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