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Florida Pigeon Control & Removal Experts

Florida Pigeon Control & Removal Experts

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Pigeons can be found anywhere in the country, but are most frequently found in heavily populated areas where people (most often unintentionally) will provide them with an abundant supply of food.  Pigeons prefer grains for food and by spilling food or leaving trashcans uncovered, humans are inadvertently providing them with a continuous food supply, one that these birds have become dependent on.

Pigeons have also become dependent on humans to provide them with roosting and nesting sites.  They are commonly found around agricultural areas, warehouses and feed mills, as well as inner city parks, buildings, and bridges.  They prefer to build their nests on flat, secluded surfaces such as ledges, eaves, and windowsills, or in other protected areas such as gutters and steeples.

Most pigeons are approximately 11 inches long and weigh about 13 ounces.  They typically have a gray body with whitish rump, red feet, and two black bars on their wing feathers and a broad black band on their tail.

Pigeons are filthy birds and carry many other pests on them, such as fleas, ticks and mites, which pose their own health dangers to the public, including lyme disease.  Pigeons themselves are known to carry several diseases and can contaminate food, causing food poisoning such as salmonellosis.  Their plentiful droppings are also known to trigger human slips and falls.

While some may suggest using a decoy owl, snake, or brightly colored balloons to scare the pigeons away, ultimately the pigeons will become acclimated to the presence of these devices and ignore them.  The best way to avoid a pigeon infestation is to deny them nesting and roosting space.  Vents and gutters should be sealed or covered.  Nesting on ledges, eaves or windowsills can be deterred by installing tightly strung wire or string just above the surface.

Additionally, make sure to clean up food spills promptly and keep trashcans covered.  By denying the pigeons of a continuous food source, they will seek shelter elsewhere.

If you are already seeing signs of a pigeon infestation, it is always a good idea to contact a professional pest control company who has the expertise and equipment necessary to rid a property of these creatures. A pest professional can help you not only safely eliminate the pigeons, but also help you determine where and why these animals are infiltrating your property and how to eliminate the conducive conditions to prevent future problems.

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Hulett will send a trained professional to survey your property and provide solutions to meet your needs and your budget at no charge. Want to protect your employees and customers health & well being? Want to protect your company’s image and bottom line?

Where are pigeons most likely to be found and why?

Pigeons can be found anywhere in the country, but are most frequently found in heavily populated areas where people (most often unintentionally) will provide them with an abundant supply of food.  Pigeons prefer grains for food and by spilling food or leaving trashcans uncovered, humans are inadvertently providing them with a continuous food supply, one that these birds have become dependent on.

Pigeons have also become dependent on humans to provide them with roosting and nesting sites.  They are commonly found around agricultural areas, warehouses and feed mills, as well as inner city parks, buildings, and bridges.  They prefer to build their nests on flat, secluded surfaces such as ledges, eaves, and windowsills, or in other protected areas such as gutters and steeples.

What do pigeons look like?

Most pigeons are approximately 11 inches long and weigh about 13 ounces.  They typically have a gray body with whitish rump, red feet, and two black bars on their wing feathers and a broad black band on their tail.

What risks do pigeons pose to the health of the public?  Do they carry disease?

Pigeons are filthy birds and carry many other pests on them, such as fleas, ticks and mites, which pose their own health dangers to the public, including lyme disease.  Pigeons themselves are known to carry several diseases and can contaminate food, causing food poisoning such as salmonellosis.  Their plentiful droppings are also known to trigger human slips and falls.

Can pigeons cause damage to buildings and other structures?

Yes, pigeons can cause extensive damage to buildings and other structures due to the corrosiveness of their droppings.  Over time, a build up of droppings on any surface will accelerate the aging of the structure and the corrosion can lead to structural instability.

What are some preventative measures that can be taken to avoid a pigeon infestation?

While some may suggest using a decoy owl, snake, or brightly colored balloons to scare the pigeons away, ultimately the pigeons will become acclimated to the presence of these devices and ignore them.  The best way to avoid a pigeon infestation is to deny them nesting and roosting space.  Vents and gutters should be sealed or covered.  Nesting on ledges, eaves or windowsills can be deterred by installing tightly strung wire or string just above the surface.

Additionally, make sure to clean up food spills promptly and keep trashcans covered.  By denying the pigeons of a continuous food source, they will seek shelter elsewhere.

What should homeowners and business owners do if they suspect they already have a pigeon infestation?

If you are already seeing signs of a pigeon infestation, it is always a good idea to contact a professional pest control company who has the expertise and equipment necessary to rid a property of these creatures. A pest professional can help you not only safely eliminate the pigeons, but also help you determine where and why these animals are infiltrating your property and how to eliminate the conducive conditions to prevent future problems.

Just Call HULETT…for the birds!

New Children’s eBook ~ The Uninvited Houseguest

New Children’s eBook ~ The Uninvited Houseguest

The NPMA just released a second free eBook, “The Uninvited House Guest,” in its children’s eBook series.

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About the Author

Jo-Lynne Shane is a professional blogger, freelance writer and community manager living in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 18 years, three school-age children and one terribly spoiled Shih Tzu named Savannah. She writes the popular lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she shares nutritious wholesome recipes, fitness inspiration from a recovering couch potato, relatable style and beauty advice for the suburban housewife, and reviews of family friendly travel destinations. She also facilitates the vibrant local networking group, Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for over 200 area bloggers.

SHOULD HOMEOWNERS/RESIDENTS BE CONCERNED IF THEY FIND ANTS IN THEIR HOME?

Most species of ants are considered ‘nuisance pests,’ meaning that they don’t pose a significant threat to health or property, but are an annoyance when found indoors. In fact, ants are the number one nuisance pest in the United States.

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Some species of ants, however, can pose threats to health and property. Carpenter ants, for example, excavate wood in order to build their nests, which can cause extensive damage to a structure. Fire ants, on the other hand, sting when threatened, resulting in painful welts that can be dangerous to allergic persons. These species should always be handled by a professional.

Regardless of the species all ants can contaminate food sources and small infestations can grow quickly, so any sign of an infestation should be dealt with promptly.

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Black Widow Spider Bites: Should I Worry?

More on black widows: http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/s…
Black widow spider bites are less common and more severe than other spider bites. Dr. Parada explains the symptoms in detail.

A Closer look: American Cockroaches

A Closer look: American Cockroaches (Click on the image below to learn more)

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Termites or Flying Ants? A West Palm Beach Exterminator Explains the Difference

Many people are frightened whenever they notice what appear to be winged in or around their home. That’s because they are unsure whether or not these insects are actually a , and are afraid their home may be infested. These two bugs are similar in appearance, yet each one has some distinct features that help them be easily identified.

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Termites have short straight antennas, while flying ants have longer ones that are bent at an angle. Termite antennae sometimes look like a string of beads whenever they are examined up close. The body of a termite is oblong and narrow, and appears to be one solid mass. On the other hand, flying ants have three distinct sections to their body characterized by a somewhat smaller head and thorax (midsection) and a slightly larger abdomen.

Both insects have two sets of clear wings. Termite wings are long, narrow and evenly proportioned, with the top set of wings being precisely the same size as the bottom pair are. Flying ant wings are more curved than those of termites, with the upper set of wings being larger than their lower ones are.

Aside from examining the insects themselves, there are other ways to determine whether the swarms you see are actually ants or termites. If you are infested with termites, you may notice things such as:

  • Piles of wings lying on the floor
  • Presence of what appears to be sawdust lying on your floor
  • Mud tubes or tunnels located on the foundation of your home

Ants and termites both develop wings during their reproductive stages. During this time, they are referred to as alates, and generally begin to swarm as part of the mating process. Termites that are not involved in this process are larvae-like creatures that somewhat resemble maggots. The presence of these insects outside along with swarmed ant-like pests inside could also be evidence of a termite infestation.

Whether your home has flying ants or termites, you’ll need a to help you get rid of them. to schedule an on-site visit so that we can help you determine your exact pest control needs.

Tips for homeowners to help guard against termites

Hulett Environmental offers the following prevention tips for homeowners to help guard against termites:

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  • Carefully inspect the perimeter of the home for mud tubes and rotting wood.
  • Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and check it for pests before bringing it indoors.
  • Divert water away from the home through properly functioning downspouts and gutters.

For more information on termites, please visit www.bugs.com