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Pigeon control in London
London's premium provider of pigeon control solutions

At The Pied Piper, we specialize in a comprehensive suite of pigeon management solutions. For more than two decades, we have successfully assisted a multitude of homeowners and businesses in resolving their pigeon-related challenges as part of our dedicated bird management services. Our expert approach to mitigating pigeon nuisances encompasses a variety of strategies, such as the use of netting, spikes, bird deterrent gels, and humane trapping methods. Pigeons not only present a significant health risk to humans but also have the potential to cause lasting harm to structures by obstructing drainage systems and exploiting vulnerabilities in roofing, where they can establish long-term nesting sites. Addressing pigeon issues promptly is crucial. Hence, it is imperative to engage a leading bird management expert to access top-tier solutions. We are committed to delivering exceptional pigeon control services to eliminate bird infestations from both residential and commercial premises.

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What harm can pigeons cause in London?
  • Fouling and contamination – Air conditioning systems and other water sources can easily become contaminated, with associated risks to health.
  • Flooding problems – Rainwater gutters can become blocked by droppings and associated debris, causing overflowing and leaking guttering with the potential damage to walls and roofs.
  • Noise and disturbance – Can sometimes be a problem from Pigeons that are roosting in and around your property. Not only for the residents of the building but for neighbours as well.
  • Health risks and serious illnesses – Pigeons are considered a common pest and their droppings can give rise to diseases such as Ornithosis, Salmonella and E.Coli. Bird spikes and bird droppings can be found everywhere, and they spread various diseases.
  • Accidents – Droppings on pavements and fire escapes that can be dangerous when wet, thereby creating a slip hazard and possible legal action.
  • Damage to buildings – Pigeons droppings which contain acid that can cause damage to buildings and can also damage the paintwork on cars.
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How we can help with pigeon control in London

If you’re encountering issues with pigeon control at your commercial or residential property, please feel free to reach out to us without delay. The earlier you engage our services, the quicker we can devise and execute a strategy to resolve the problem for you. As one of the top pigeon control experts in London, we provide an affordable solution to any pigeon-related challenges you might be facing. Our expertise in pigeon removal and knowledge of the most effective bird control techniques ensure the swift elimination of pest birds and feral pigeons.

  • We offer both single-time interventions and continuous maintenance services tailored to the unique requirements of each client.
  • In situations where standard access tools are inadequate, we are prepared to utilize our skilled abseiling team to perform the necessary tasks.
  • For hard-to-reach areas, we frequently organize the use of scaffolding and cherry pickers/powered access equipment.
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Our control methods we use against pigeons
Anti-pigeon Netting
Bird netting and meshing stand out as efficient solutions for mitigating pigeon-related challenges, offering a low-profile yet long-lasting remedy. Our experienced bird control professionals are committed to delivering high-quality services to tackle pigeon infestations thoroughly. We have a track record of implementing these netting strategies in complex environments, including London City Airport and several railway stations, where traditional deterrents such as spikes proved ineffective.

The versatility of bird netting allows for its application across a diverse range of structures, including but not limited to canopies, light wells, and balconies. This adaptability makes it a preferred choice for areas where aesthetic considerations are as important as functionality. The primary advantage of installing bird netting is its ability to prevent pigeons from accessing designated spaces, thus protecting the integrity of these areas without causing harm to the birds. This humane approach not only solves the immediate pigeon problem but also contributes to maintaining the ecological balance by deterring the birds without injury.
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Firegel/Optical Gel

Firegel represents an innovative approach to bird control, utilizing small containers filled with a unique optical gel. This method is particularly suitable for heritage buildings because it preserves the aesthetic integrity of the structure, remaining invisible from below. The fire gel effectively deters birds from landing on any structure without causing them harm. Widely adopted across Europe, fire gel has proven to be a groundbreaking solution for pigeon deterrence. It is versatile enough to be applied in virtually any scenario, delivering exceptional results. The gel comprises a natural, food-grade oil that is harmless to both birds and humans, yet it creates a surface that birds find unappealing. Emitting a specific UV light visible only to pigeons, the gel appears as flames to them, effectively scaring them away. When applied properly, Birdfree gel can significantly reduce pigeon presence on surfaces such as ledges, beams, and other high areas where they tend to gather. The gel’s sticky texture prevents birds from landing comfortably, encouraging them to find alternative locations.

For the best outcomes, it’s crucial to engage with a professional pest control provider to identify the most effective and ethical bird control strategies tailored to your needs.

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Anti-pigeon spikes
  • Pigeon spikes are a common and effective bird deterrent used to prevent pigeons from landing or roosting on surfaces such as ledges, rooftops, and beams. The spikes consist of thin metal that are mounted on a base, creating an uneven surface that is uncomfortable for birds to land on.
  • Pigeon spikes work by creating an inhospitable surface that pigeons are unable to land on, preventing them from roosting or nesting in the area. The spikes are designed to be highly visible, which can help to deter birds from attempting to land in the first place. When pigeons encounter the spikes, they are forced to find an alternative roosting site, reducing the overall pigeon population in the area.
  • One of the benefits of pigeon spikes is that they are a non-toxic and humane bird control solution. They do not harm the pigeons, but simply make the area less attractive for roosting or nesting. Additionally, pigeon spikes are durable and long-lasting, requiring minimal maintenance and providing an effective solution for long-term bird control.
  • Pigeon spikes can be used in a variety of settings, including commercial buildings, residential properties, and public areas. They are particularly effective in areas where pigeons have been a persistent problem, as they create a physical barrier that is difficult for the birds to overcome.
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How pigeon trapping can reduce pigeon populations

Professional pigeon trapping is a bird control method used to capture and remove pigeons from a particular area. The process involves setting up traps in areas where pigeons are known to roost or feed, with the goal of capturing and removing the birds to a more suitable location.

Here is a general overview of how professional pigeon trapping works in London:

Inspection: A pest control professional will inspect the area where the pigeons are causing problems, looking for signs of nesting, feeding, and roosting. They will identify the areas where traps should be set up to maximize their effectiveness.

Trapping: The pest control professional will set up live traps in the identified areas, using bait to attract the pigeons. When the pigeons enter the trap, they are safely captured and contained.

Removal: Once the pigeons have been trapped, they will be safely removed from the area and transported to a more suitable location, such as a wildlife rehabilitation center or a pigeon sanctuary.

Prevention: After the pigeons have been removed, the pest control professional will work to prevent future infestations by identifying and sealing off entry points, implementing bird exclusion devices such as netting or spikes, and providing recommendations for ongoing maintenance to prevent future pigeon problems.


Pigeon trapping in London can be very effective for areas where the number of pigeons need to be drastically reduced. We can also use trapping on large buildings where pigeon deterrents may not be cost-effective. We have carried out many successful trapping programs throughout London and our clients have not had to install any additional costly deterrents. We will always advise you on the best solution for your particular pigeon problem.

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Pigeon Guano/Fouling dangers to your health

Pigeon guano and fouling pose serious risks to commercial and residential buildings, impacting both health and structural integrity. The droppings are laden with pathogens causing diseases such as Histoplasmosis and Psittacosis, posing risks especially in densely populated urban areas. The acidic nature of guano accelerates the deterioration of building materials, leading to costly repairs. Metal components corrode, and stone facades erode under the guano’s influence, affecting the aesthetic and safety of structures. In commercial settings, this can deter customers and tarnish a business’s reputation. Residentially, it compromises living conditions, impacting residents’ health and property value. Therefore, addressing pigeon fouling through professional cleaning and deterrent measures is crucial. These steps not only ensure the cleanliness and longevity of buildings but also safeguard the health of inhabitants and the public. Implementing preventative strategies can significantly reduce the risks associated with pigeon guano, making it a necessary investment for building maintenance.

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"Pigeon Cleanup Experts: Quick, Safe, and Thorough"

Our pigeon guano and fouling cleaning services stand at the forefront of urban hygiene and structural preservation, offering unparalleled expertise in addressing one of the city’s most pervasive and damaging issues. We understand the critical nature of pigeon waste removal, not just for the aesthetic appeal of your property but for the health and safety of its inhabitants and visitors. Our team is equipped with state-of-the-art tools and employs the latest in cleaning and disinfection techniques to ensure a thorough eradication of harmful pathogens present in pigeon droppings.

We pride ourselves on our swift response and efficiency, understanding that time is of the essence in preventing the spread of diseases and structural damage. Our services extend beyond mere cleaning; we provide comprehensive solutions that include the application of preventative measures to deter future fouling. This proactive approach guarantees not only the immediate cleanliness of your premises but also the long-term maintenance of a pigeon-free environment.

Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has positioned us as the leading provider of pigeon guano cleaning services. With a keen eye for detail and a dedication to public health and property integrity, we ensure that your space is not only visually pleasing but safe and secure from the potential hazards of pigeon fouling. Trust us to restore and protect your property with professionalism and care.

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FAQ

Do feral pigeons in London pose a risk to human health?

Yes, feral pigeons in London can pose a risk to human health, though the risk is generally considered low. The main concerns stem from the diseases pigeons can carry, which are transmitted to humans through their droppings. These include diseases like Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, and Psittacosis, which can cause respiratory issues in humans. Additionally, pigeon droppings can make surfaces slippery, leading to potential accidents, and their nesting materials can block gutters and drains, causing water damage. While the health risks to the general population are minimal, those with weakened immune systems or chronic respiratory conditions may be more susceptible. Effective pigeon control and cleanliness can significantly reduce these health risks.

Is it advisable to seek immediate professional assistance for a pigeon issue, or should one first attempt DIY solutions?

Opting for immediate professional assistance for a pigeon issue is often more beneficial than starting with DIY solutions. Professionals bring a depth of experience and access to specialized tools that ensure a comprehensive and long-lasting resolution to pigeon problems. While DIY methods might offer a temporary fix, they may not tackle the root cause or could potentially lead to unintended consequences. Consulting with experts from the start can save time, protect health, and prevent property damage, offering a more effective approach to managing pigeon populations.

Do the pigeon control methods utilized by your company cause any harm to the pigeons?

The pigeon control strategies our company implements are specifically designed to be non-harmful to pigeons. We focus on humane solutions, including deterrents and exclusion methods, to manage pigeon populations without causing them injury or distress. Our aim is to address pigeon-related issues effectively while ensuring the welfare of the birds.

Can pigeons nesting in my loft create health risks?

Yes, if pigeons are nesting in your loft, it is a cause for concern. Their presence can lead to health risks from diseases associated with their droppings, such as Histoplasmosis and Cryptococcosis, and can attract parasites like mites and fleas. Additionally, pigeon waste can damage property and create unsanitary conditions. It’s advisable to address the situation promptly by seeking professional assistance to safely remove the pigeons and clean the affected area.

How quickly can feral pigeons breed

Feral pigeons can breed rapidly, contributing to their population growth in urban environments. A pair of pigeons can breed multiple times a year, typically producing two eggs per breeding cycle. These eggs hatch within about 18 days, and the fledglings become independent at around 4 to 6 weeks old. Given the right conditions, including ample food and nesting sites, a single pair can potentially raise up to six broods annually. This high reproductive rate underscores the importance of effective pigeon control measures to manage their populations in urban areas.

What is the diet of feral pigeons in London?

In London, feral pigeons have adapted to a diet that not only includes seeds and grains but also heavily features the leftover scraps from the city’s numerous takeaways. These birds are opportunistic feeders, making the most of the urban environment by consuming breadcrumbs, discarded fast food, and virtually any edible waste they come across. This adaptation to include human-provided food waste, especially from takeaways, plays a significant role in their ability to thrive in densely populated areas.

Are feral pigeons in a business dangerous?

Feral pigeons in a business can potentially be dangerous to human health and the environment. Like we mentioned earlier, pigeon droppings can contain harmful bacteria and fungi that can cause respiratory illnesses and other health problems when inhaled or ingested. These droppings can accumulate in large amounts in areas where pigeons roost or nest and can create a slip-and-fall hazard for employees and customers.

In addition to health risks, feral pigeons can also cause damage to buildings, vehicles, and other property. They may nest or roost in areas such as roofs, ledges, and balconies, and their droppings can corrode building materials and damage electrical equipment. Pigeons may also carry mites, ticks, and other pests that can infest a business and cause further problems.

To mitigate the potential risks associated with feral pigeons in a business, it’s important to take proactive measures to deter them. This may include blocking off potential roosting and nesting sites, using bird netting or spikes, and keeping the area clean and free of food sources that may attract pigeons. It’s also important to follow appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures when dealing with pigeon droppings to minimize the risk of exposure to harmful pathogens.

Is it harmful to breathe in the dust from pigeon fouling?

Breathing in the dust of pigeon fouling can potentially be harmful to human health. Pigeon droppings can contain harmful bacteria and fungi that can cause respiratory illnesses such as Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, and Psittacosis when inhaled. When dried, the droppings can become powdery and easily airborne, increasing the risk of inhalation.

Inhaling the dust from pigeon droppings can irritate the respiratory tract, leading to symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. In some cases, it can lead to more severe respiratory infections and long-term lung damage. This is especially true for people with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly, young children, and those with preexisting respiratory conditions.

To minimize the risk of exposure to harmful pathogens from pigeon droppings, it’s important to avoid disturbing dried droppings and to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and goggles when handling or cleaning contaminated areas. It’s also recommended to wet down the droppings with a disinfectant solution before cleaning to reduce the amount of dust and to follow appropriate cleaning and disposal procedures to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens.

How quickly can feral pigeons breed in London?

Feral pigeons in London can breed very quickly, with the potential to produce multiple clutches of eggs each year under optimal conditions. Pigeons typically breed throughout the year, but their breeding activity tends to peak during the spring and summer months when the weather is warmer and food is more plentiful.

Female pigeons can begin laying eggs as early as six months of age and can lay up to 10-12 eggs per year. The eggs hatch after about 17-19 days, and the young pigeons, or squabs, fledge after around 30-35 days. After fledging, the young pigeons are able to start breeding themselves within a few months, contributing to the rapid growth of feral pigeon populations.

In areas where there is an abundance of food and shelter, feral pigeon populations can quickly get out of control, leading to concerns about health risks, property damage, and other issues. It’s important to take proactive measures to manage feral pigeon populations, such as limiting their access to food and nesting sites and using humane methods of population control if necessary.

How are pigeons attracted to my business?

Pigeons can be attracted to your business for a number of reasons, including the availability of food, water, and shelter. Pigeons are opportunistic feeders and will scavenge for food wherever they can find it. This means that if your business produces or stores food, or if there are nearby food sources such as restaurants or food markets, pigeons may be attracted to the area.

In addition to food, pigeons also require access to water for drinking and bathing. If your business has standing water, such as in gutters, plant pots, or bird baths, pigeons may be drawn to the area. Similarly, if there are leaks or other sources of moisture in your building, this may provide a water source for pigeons.

Pigeons also require shelter for roosting and nesting. They prefer elevated areas such as roofs, ledges, and balconies, and may be attracted to your business if there are suitable roosting sites available. If your building has openings or gaps that provide access to these areas, pigeons may take advantage of them.

To minimize the attraction of pigeons to your business, it’s important to eliminate or reduce their access to food, water, and shelter. This may include keeping food storage areas clean and secure, repairing leaks and other sources of moisture, and blocking off potential roosting sites. Additionally, removing or limiting access to standing water sources and implementing humane bird deterrents may also help to discourage pigeons from congregating in the area.

I have pigeons around my business in London can I poison them myself?

No, it is illegal to use poison to control pigeons in London. Poisoning pigeons can be harmful not only to the birds but also to other wildlife and pets that may consume the poisoned pigeons or the bait itself. Additionally, the use of poison to control pigeons can be ineffective, as other pigeons may simply replace those that have been killed.

Instead of using poison, it’s recommended to use humane methods of pigeon control. This may include using bird spikes or netting to prevent pigeons from roosting and nesting in or around your business, implementing sound deterrents or visual repellents, and limiting access to food and water sources. Trapping and relocating pigeons may also be an option, but this should be done in accordance with local regulations and with the help of a professional pest control service.

It’s important to note that in the UK, pigeons are considered a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. As such, it is illegal to kill or harm pigeons without a specific license or exemption. If you are experiencing problems with pigeons around your business, it’s recommended to consult with a professional pest control service that can provide safe and effective solutions that are in compliance with local regulations.

If I'm dealing with a pigeon problem, can I get a free evaluation and quotation from your company?

Yes, if you’re experiencing a pigeon problem, our company offers a free evaluation and quotation. We believe in accurately assessing each situation to provide a tailored solution for your specific needs. Our team of experts will inspect the affected area, evaluate the severity of the pigeon issue, and recommend an effective strategy, all at no cost to you for the initial consultation and quote.

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    Amazing Service! 5 Star! The issue I had, I thought it could never be resolved. After having a previous Pest Control company treat it and a few months later the pests tripled! I contacted The Pied Piper Pest Control and they took the problem into their hands made me feel so relieved as they assured me they would not stop treating until the problem was completely solved. This is the type of service you don’t always come across. As promised, they visited my premises until the pests were completely clear. Thank you to Tony and to his great team! I would definitely recommend to everyone. Great service.

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    Very happy with the professional, friendly, efficient and speedy response from The Pied Piper to sort out a rat problem. Technicians are friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely use again in the future and happy to recommend The Pied Piper

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    Currently using them for a pest control contract as our last company let us down badly. Spend the time doing the job properly and turning up on time and when they say they will. Can't ask for much more than that

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    CONSISTENTLY EXCELLENT I have been working with this company since 2008 across six of my restaurants and I have to say I haven’t had one bad experience. I don’t normally write reviews but I really felt like I owed these guys as I believe they deserve all the recognition. They have been consistently good, any issues I had in any of the restaurants, they were there and never left until the issue was resolved. Thank you so much guys..

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    The Pied Piper has provided excellent service with quick response times for both emails and quotes. Their service is outstanding and their work ethic is invaluable. They provide consistent and regular report updates, keeping us in the loop at all times. By far one of the best service providers in the pest control industry.

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    Superb service and friendly staff. Used them twice now and had a problem with mice, the technician was on time and thorough and wore his overshoes so my wife was happy.

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    I own a property in London that has had an ongoing issue with Bedbugs. We have had other pest control treatments in the past and none have worked. I called the Pied Piper late on Friday afternoon and was given a price on the spot with an information sheet for how my tenants needed to prepare the property. We were advised that it would take 3 treatments as the infestation was really bad. We have now had all the 3 treatments and 8 weeks on we are still clear. Fantastic service at a great price. From the ladies who answer the phone to the technician who carried out the treatment the service was second to none.

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    Had a program of treatments done recently for a mouse problem we had in our house. They were on time and very thorough. The problem was all gone in two visits but they still came for the third and made sure all was ok. Very professional

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    Far superior customer service than other companies I have used. Gave a service that was not only professional but very thorough. Their guy came in a smart uniform and wore his shoe covers. Been two months and no problems.

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    Absolute amazing service. I called and they responded very quickly, super friendly service and great rates, I am a very happy customer would recommend to anyone with these issues.

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    Brilliant at what they do & a fast reliable & friendly service always. Highly recommended

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    We got our lives back!! We had an infestation of bed bugs under my sons new bed. We just could not get rid of them. We called around and were quoted prices in the thousands.... We called Pied piper in - they were fantastic. In total they made 3 visits over a few weeks. Their time keeping was exceptional. Their service was professional and kept us informed of progress after each visit. Thank you Pied Piper. We can sleep easy again.

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Outstanding Reputation

We have been trading for over twenty-five (25) years and have gained a reputation as one of London’s leading pest control providers; with our professionalism and customer service, our reviews speak for themselves. We are ready to give you a free consultation and free instant quote to control pigeons. Also, we will happily discuss your problem and come up with useful advice. It will ensure to get rid of your property damage and prevent future problems.

  • Reliable and professional service
  • Rapid response times
  • Dedicated & responsive customer care team
  • Safeguarding business reputation
  • Trustpilot and google accredited reviews

Efficient Solutions

The Pied Piper has a proven track record and experience covering all types of pest control, including Rodents, bed bugs, wasps, fleas, grey squirrels, foxes and birds. We can Identify pest species and signs quickly and take instant action. We will ensure no pigeon nests around your resident and provide the best pest control services, including pigeon control, seagull control, and other pest bird control.

  • Latest techniques and formulations
  • Environmentally-friendly solutions
  • Non-toxic alternatives are available
  • Comprehensive monitoring and reports
  • Professional & experienced technicians

Safety Conscious

The Pied Piper places health and safety above all else when dealing with the public. Our pest control procedures are safe for people and pets. Besides, our local technicians are constantly attending the latest courses and have regular safety training to allow them to carry out their work safely. We know how pigeon droppings are dangerous for human health. So, you will see the best service without violating your safe conduct.

  • All pesticides used are approved for use in the UK.
  • All technicians are kitted out with the relevant PPE
  • CHAS, Safe Contractor, CEPA, BPCA accredited
  • Non-Toxic treatments

Expertise

The Pied Piper can also provide your business with the following additional services and expertise as these would be an extension of the pest control solutions we provide. Also, you can get a free quotation from us.

  • Abseiling
  • Covid 19 Decontamination services
  • Rubbish removal
  • Decontamination and disinfection treatments
  • Drain surveys and inspections

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1. Contact

Call or message us and we will arrange for a member of our team to contact you

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2. Survey

We will discuss your pest problem and quote you over the phone or arrange a survey and email you a quote asap

  • Appointment time slots to suit you
  • Control programs tailored to your requirements
  • BPCA certified technicians

3. Treatment

Our BPCA qualified technicians will attend your property to provide pest control treatments

  • Appointment at a time convenient to you
  • Explain clearly what our tech will do
  • Child & pet safe treatments

4. Aftercare

We will make sure that after your treatment program is complete your premises will be clear of any pests

  • Pest prevention advice given
  • Detailed reports
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