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Eric Stolz, Goldstar Services: “We do pigeon control in the Las Vegas valley area, and the reason that we’re so busy is that our roof construction is ideal for pigeon nesting, so we’re creating an ample habitat for them.
"They’re not an indigenous species here, so a few can turn into many pretty quick, and they produce an amazing amount of feces. Even for such a small animal, it’s really amazing how big of a mess and how fast they can do it.
"You see the accumulation of twigs here? This has been going on for a while. We actually have a couple of chicks back there, which we can rescue. I’ll drop them off to a friend of mine who raises pigeons. What we’re going to do is we’re going to pull all this out, put it in the trash, pressure wash, so a little bit of bleach spray, which just helps with the — changes the way it smells, so the pigeons are a little less interested in it.
"In the future, if we have to come back, if the customer is still having an issue, we want to be able to look at a roof that we know is completely clean. The main thing for prevention is, we’re going to screen out the eaves here, and what that will do is, that will eliminate the shelter that they need to nest successfully, and what that does is that forces them to go find another place to build the nest. In that sense it makes them go away.
"There’s really no problem with a pigeon stopping by and landing on your roof. The problems come when it’s consistent.
"If there is some sort of attraction that you’re noticing, you should look for food or water sources - dog food, bird baths, maybe it’s in your neighbor’s yard. You might have to talk to your neighbor. If there are potential nest areas, you really should get them taken care of before they start nesting.”
Video Producer: Rachel Hardy | Video Editor, Script Writer, Videographer: GOAL Productions
Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on May 27, 2014.