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Bird control is quickly becoming a large part of Pest Control Plus’ necessary and urgent services. Learn more about what risks are involved when your home or building is exposed to these animals.

General Information

Bird control is becoming an increasingly significant part of our work at Pest Control Plus, with more and more homeowners having to deal with troublesome birds causing problems on their property.

Birds might not be the first creatures that come to mind when you think of pests, and their presence can be enjoyed in many ways when admired from afar. However, when they get too close and actually start making their homes on your property, they can begin to pose threats to yourself and the members of your household too. Pest Control Plus can help you keep birds a safe distance from your home, letting you enjoy their songs and appearances, without worrying about any of the dangers they can cause.

Those dangers can come in many forms, from bacteria-filled droppings around your property to harmful diseases and parasites that could be carried into your home by invasive birds. This is why certain birds need to be removed from businesses and homes, as they can cause both annoyances and physical dangers to those in the area. Pest Control Plus can help in these kinds of situations, using ecologically friendly methods to keep you safe.

We'll first inspect your property and evaluate the nature of the bird problem you have, before formulating an efficient, effective removal plan to not only get rid of the birds but prevent others from causing you problems in the future. We'll work together with you to provide a thoroughly humane solution, offering a win-win for both homeowners and nature.

Get in touch with Pest Control Plus today if you're having any issues with birds like pigeons or sparrows. With our expert operatives and humane approach, we can rid your of pest birds easily, efficiently, and in an ecologically friendly manner.

Scientific Name
Columba livia Gmelin


Pigeons are some of the most common birds in North America. There are 11 different types of pigeons that can be found on the continent. In general, pigeons measure 12-14 inches in length and can have various colors of feathers, typically having greyish bodies with colorful plumage around the neck. They tend to have little heads, small legs, and stocky bodies.


Pigeons lay white eggs, usually one or two at a time, with each egg needing approximately 18 days to incubate before it hatches. Both parents play a role in the incubation process, and female pigeons will typically produce up to 10 babies per year. Baby pigeons are born without featherless and require total support from their parents for the first month of their lives, before leaving the nest. Another of the many facts about pigeons is that they can live up to 12 years.


Pigeons are one of the most common bird pests, frequently spotted in urban environments away from natural predators of pigeons like hawks, falcons, and owls. They spend a lot of time on and around buildings, looking for food, and will regularly perch and nest on building ledges or air conditioner units. They can nest and survive in varying weather conditions and temperatures, and they'll feed on almost anything they can find, including garbage. This behaviour leads to many pigeons carrying diseases. Diseases from pigeons can spread to humans via their droppings. The droppings are also acidic and can do damage to buildings and different surfaces.


The main step of control when it comes to dealing with pigeons is to contact a professional pest control company and get an expert operative to visit the area and carry out an inspection. A trained operative will be able to determine the species of pigeon, the approximate number of pigeons in the area, and the general nature of the problem in order to devise an adequate removal strategy. Various methods can be used to deal with pigeons, including traps, nets, spike installation, and so on.

Passeriformes/Passeridae & Passeriformes/Sturnidae
Scientific Name
Passer domesticus & Sturnus vulgaris Linnaeus

House Sparrow & Starling

The house sparrow and starling bird are two other types of birds that can be classified as pests. The common house sparrow is approximately 6" in length and typically brown in color. Starlings are slightly larger, measuring up to 8" in length and having different colours, depending on the time of year.


Sparrow and starling eggs can be of different colors, including white and light blue. Sparrows lay approximately five eggs per brood and two broods each year, with each egg needing up to two weeks of incubation time. Starlings lay up to eight eggs per brood and two broods per year, with 12-14 days of incubation time.


Sparrows can often be spotted nesting in urban areas and man-made structures like gutters, light fixtures, and around signs. They are able to steal the nests of other birds too, and they can form nests in kitchen or bathroom vents. They're very territorial birds. Starlings also have a habit of making nests in ventilation systems. They eat fruits, grains, and seeds, and they can spread diseases via their droppings. Sparrows can also spread diseases. Sparrow disease examples include protozoan diseases like chlamydiosis and sarcosporidiosis.


Just like with pigeons, the first step for control when it comes to sparrows and starlings is to contact a trusted pest control company to get an operative to inspect the area. If you're not sure what is a starling bird or how to spot the signs of sparrow/starling infestations, a trained operative will be able to do this for you, determining the exact nature of the problem and then working out the right approach to deal with it. They might use traps, nets, and spikes, and if nests are in vents, the vents may also need to be cleaned out.


How to get rid of pigeons on your balcony?

Various methods may be used to remove pigeons from a balcony, such as installation spikes or slopes, as well as removing any food sources from the area.

Are pigeons and doves the same?

Pigeons and doves belong to the same large family of birds, known scientifically as columbidae, but they are not exactly the same. Doves tend to be smaller than pigeons and less stocky.

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