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Why Feeding Pigeons
a Pest Problem
Feeding pigeons might seem like a nice thing
to do, but it leads to serious problems.
Putting food out for one pigeon can lead
to an entire flock making your property
Pigeons are also known for spreading disease
and leaving a mess of droppings behind.
In Phoenix, feeding pigeons
is a punishable offense.
In addition to dealing with a hefty fine,
feeding pigeons can also lead to serious
pest problems at your home or business.
They Damage Buildings
A single pigeon can create significant
damage to your property in a short amount
The problem just gets worse when you have
a whole flock nesting on your property.
A pigeon’s droppings are highly acidic.
Over time, their waste can break down
building materials such as concrete, metal
Once these materials break down,
rodents and insects are able to get
into your building.
Pigeons often tend to build nests in areas
that create problems.
Nests in gutter systems, drain pipes and
along the eaves of the roof can cause clogs.
This allows water to build up in areas where
it can cause damage.
Waterlogged wood and damaged
roofing materials are easier for pests
to chew through.
Pigeon problems are a common cause
of mice and rat invasions in attics.
The droppings left behind by pigeons are
unsightly to humans and potentially toxic.
For insects, those droppings look like
a lovely feast.
Flies and cockroaches are known for feeding
on pigeon droppings.
Flies will also use the droppings to lay
their eggs in, since it provides nutrients
for their larva.
This is why you’ll often see an abundance
of flies in areas where pigeons tend
Pigeons Can Carry
Fleas and Ticks
You might already discourage squirrels from
wandering around your property to keep
flea problems at bay, but pigeons are
an often overlooked source of pests that
can affect your pets and spread disease.
Fleas, ticks and mites often feed on pigeons.