Feral pigeons (Columba livia)

Appearance & Features:

The colour of pigeons can vary but they generally tend to be grey with two black striped bands on wing feathers and a broad black band across the tail.  They also have a whitish rump and red/pink feet.

Pigeons colours varies but they are commonly gray with a whitish rump, two black bars on wing feathers and a broad black band on the tail; red feet


Pigeons are extremely adapt at utilising man made structures for roosting sites. They live close to human populations due to the abundance of food and shelters.  As well as in most urban areas they can also be found in agricultural locations such as warehouses, feed mills and grain storage facilities.

Pigeons can mate all year round but the peak seasons are spring and autumn.  They are monogomous and will lay 1 or 2 eggs which will hatch within 18 days.

Threats to humans:

Soemtimes known as  'flying rats' pigeons can cause a disease and property damage.  They carry Cryptococcus, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, food poisoning and their droppings can spread fungus which causes histoplasmosis.  They also carry parasitic pests such including fleas, lice, mites and ticks.


Deprivation nesting sites is key to preventing pigeons from reproducing.  Landing sites can be eliminated with sloping areas and devices such as wire spikes. Remove any food and water souces and don't encourage pigeon feeding.

What will Omega
do for me?

Omega will conduct a thorough survey of your premises in order to establish the reason for the infestation and then determine the likely source.

Once the source is established, recommendations will be made in order to prevent the infestation reoccurring whilst a treatment programme for the existing infestation will be put in place.

No billable work will be undertaken without your consent.