Feeding the birds: harmless or harmful? | News

Feeding the birds: harmless or harmful?

Feeding the pigeons may seem harmless, but it can have a significant negative impact for both residents and the surrounding areas of their homes.

We ask residents to refrain from feeding pigeons, to help keep our neighbourhoods safe and clean. Continue reading to find out why pigeon feeding is harmful.

Pest problems

When food is left out for pigeons, the scraps tend to attract other pests, like rats and insects. These pests can cause damage to homes and pose health risks to residents.

Property damage

Pigeon droppings can be corrosive and may damage buildings and vehicles over time. Additionally, the accumulation of droppings can create unsightly messes and unpleasant odours.

Noise and nuisance

Large numbers of pigeons gathering in residential areas can create noise and nuisance issues for residents. Their cooing and flapping can be disruptive, especially in the early morning or late evening.

Disease transmission

Pigeons can carry various diseases, including histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and salmonellosis, which can be transmitted to humans through contact with pigeon droppings or feathers. Feeding pigeons can increase the likelihood of disease transmission as it encourages them to gather in large numbers.

Be a good neighbour

Feeding the pigeons can be an enjoyable activity, but it can be a harmful activity for your community and neighbours. We ask residents to respect their neighbourhoods and refrain from feeding the birds.

Unfortunately, if you do spot someone feeding the pigeons, there usually isn’t a lot we can do, as there are no laws in place around pigeon feeding.

If there is pigeon feeding happening in your area and it’s affecting your home, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help.

Contact us

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