Pigeon Proofing: Understanding a Rather Cute Enemy They May Be Pests, But They Are Smart Pests!
If you’ve got a flock of pigeons nesting under your solar panels and making a huge mess, chances are your feelings toward pigeons aren’t warm and fuzzy. But we thought it was high time we shared some interesting pigeon facts we’ve garnered about these birds (from all our time pigeon proofing panels). Read on; even if you don’t feel more empathy for pigeons, think of it as being in the interests of knowing your enemy instead!
Pigeons Deserve Respect
There’s one thing we’ve learned in our time pigeon proofing properties and that is: it’s not so easy to fool a pigeon. Think about it, pigeons (and we’re talking rock doves here) have colonised every continent on earth (except Antarctica). They’ve adapted amazingly well to city environments and have sensibly embraced all sorts of human foods in their originally seed-based diet. They also have exceptional navigational skills and studies have found they can even identify every letter in the alphabet!
So it’s no good adopting any old pigeon proofing method to keep these clever creatures away. You can try scaring pigeons with life-like owl statues or repellent gels, and these methods will work for a while. But the pigeons figure out soon enough the threat is not real and get back to their favourite spot, (isn’t it ironic when they decide the scary owl statue makes the perfect perch?)
Incidentally, this is why at Pure Sunshine Solar Cleaning, we use quality wire mesh to pigeon proof your solar panels. Until pigeons figure out how to use wire-cutters we think your panels are safe!
Don’t Tarnish all Pigeons with the Same Brush
Most of us agree feral pigeons (aka rock doves) can be a pest. They are not native to Australia and their tendency to group in large flocks means they create smelly, messy and unhygienic environments. But Australia actually has a large number of native pigeon and dove species – 22 in fact. Many of these species play a vitally important role in ecosystem health.
Our gorgeous rainforest doves for instance, play a crucial role in dispersing seeds (after they’ve digested the surrounding fruit) thus ensuring tree diversity throughout the rainforest.
Pigeons Love Home Base
Pigeon proofing can be tough because pigeons like to stay put. They are very committed to remaining near the place where they first hatched and this is one of the reasons they are so hard to move on.
Pigeons can breed at any time of the year depending on food availability and they can also produce several clutches a year. This means if you don’t move pigeons on when they first arrive, you’ll have multiple generations of pigeons all claiming your space as theirs.
Interestingly baby pigeons are known as squabs and, given their tendency to squeak for food, they are also called squeakers. If that last fact doesn’t endear them to you nothing will!
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