Addison Pest Control is the bird specialist. We have never failed to remove a bird infestation.

Addison Pest Control is the bird specialist. We have never failed to remove a bird infestation.

You want…

  • To quickly eliminate the pigeons from your home, yard or garage, stop the destruction of your property and the disruption of your outdoor spaces...

  • An affordable, professional, honest and warrantied wild life control expert...

  • An environmentally conscious treatment that is safe for the whole family, including your pets.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Answers to all of your questions

  • A no-obligation quote over the phone in seconds

  • Flexible scheduling with 24/7 same-day service throughout the GTA.

  • No hidden service fees or follow up costs.

Addison has...

  • Decades of experience

  • A trusted track record

  • All-inclusive warranty

  • Comprehensive customer service

  • Rigorously trained technicians

  • Tried and tested extermination methods

  • The safest, most effective insecticides

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Service Area

Downtown Toronto, Midtown, Chinatown, the Annex, Little Italy, Harbourfront, Cabbagetown, Summerhill, Forest Hill, Rosedale, the Junction, Parkdale, Bloordale,  Scarborough, North York, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Markham, Pickering, Hamilton, London and beyond!


Our process

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Step 1: Pigeon Nest Removal and Exclusion

Category:

  • Physical

Equipment:

  • Industrial vaccuum

  • Steel mesh

  • Steel bird spikes

  • Bird-proof mesh

Method:

  • A thorough 360º inspection of home and garage from interior and exterior to identify potential roosting sites, food sources, and entry points to your home

  • The main nesting site is identified

  • Nest, pigeons and squabs are safely and humanely removed by hand

  • Industrial shop vac employed to remove all nest debris

  • Window sills, ledges and eaves are made inhospitable to pigeons with spikes

  • Balconies are sealed off by installing bird-proof mesh

  • All entry points are sealed with sturdy steel mesh

Strength:

  • Safe and humane

  • Entire populations of pigeons relocate when their nest has been removed

  • Prevents pigeons from relocating to nearby roosting site

  • Secures home against invasion of a wide range of invading birds and mammals

  • Lasting protection

Weakness

  • Must be paired with deterrence to ensure pigeons do not roost in another location close to your home.

  • May cause mites to migrate into your home if not treated properly

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Step 2: Pigeon Repellence

Category:

  • Deterrent

Equipment:

  • Outdoor flood lights

  • Predator scarecrow

  • Bird sound generator

Method:

  • A variety of deterrence methods can be employed to repel pigeons roosting near your home

  • bird sound generators installed along roofline

  • predator scarecrows installed in high risk roosting sites

Strengths:

  • Prevents future pigeon populations from nesting close to your home

  • lasting protection against a variety of bird species

Weakness

  •  Not effective unless paired with nest removal

  • Sound generator can be a nuisance

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Step 3: Mite and lice Mediation

Category:

  • Physical + Chemical + Residual

Equipment:

  • Handheld heat treatment gun

  • Power duster

  • Precision surface sprayer

Method:

  • After the elimination of pigeon nest mites or lice that fed on the pigeons may make their way indoors in search of a new host

  • Nesting site and surround area thoroughly inspected for signs of mites

  • Full 3 step mite/lice treatment performed

  • heat applied to nesting site, and any other area of mite activity

  • A fine silica dust insecticide injected into all crevices and wall cavities through electrical sockets and gaps underneath baseboards

  • Spray applied to nesting site, window sills, dryer vents, beds, couches, chairs, floors, baseboards and door jambs throughout the home

Strength:

  • Heat instantly kills all mites and mite eggs treated

  • Powder coats the insides of the wall cavities to create a protective powder barrier around your home

  • Spray kills mites and lice on contact and remains active as a protective surface treatment to continue to kill insects as they come out of hiding

Weakness

  • If used improperly may promote pesticide resistance

 
 
 

 
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Beware of Discount Pest Control

  • Improper nest removal programs can cause the animal unnecessary pain and suffering, separate squabs (babies) from their parents, and fail to effectively eliminate the problem.

  • Inexperienced technicians relocate pigeons to areas where they will find their way back to your home.

  • Many companies seek to cut corners, do shoddy or incomplete exclusion and deterrence work, protecting only some window sills and leaving other areas for pigeons to roost near your home.

  • These companies will try to lock you into a long term contracts to make you dependent on their ongoing service rather than solving the problem for good.

  • Discount companies will not include mite and lice mediation as part of their treatment plan, putting you at risk of a full scale mite infestation after nest removal.

 

What You Need to Know for Effective Pigeon Control

 

If you suspect there are pigeon nesting near your home, garage or garden, clear and complete information is the first step to getting rid of them. Here are a few facts, myths, and tips that will help you to make a well informed decision about what to do next.

 

 
 
 

How to Identify Pigeons

pigeons are one of the most common urban birds. They can be seen congregating in large numbers on ledges and balconies throughout Toronto.

What do pigeons look like?

  • Size: 29-37 cm long

  • Wingspan: 62-72 cm

  • Mass: 238-380g

  • Shape: Stout-bodied, short neck

  • Colour: variable colour in urban setting, commonly pale bluish-grey with black bars on either wing, glossy irridescence

  • Features: Short slender bill

  • Feet: purplish red

  • Eyes: orange colour

  • Males and females nearly identical features and coloration

Pigeon Foraging Habits

  • Omnivorous scavenger

  • Very adaptable feeders allows them to thrive in the urban environment

  • In the wild feed on a variety of plants, seeds and insects

  • In the city feed on

    • Human food waste

    • seeds, peanuts, bird seed

    • popcorn, french fries

    • bread, crackers

    • insects, spiders

Life Cycle and Reproduction

  • Peak breeding season: spring and summer

  • Male builds nest out of sticks, leaves, stems, roots, debris

  • Nesting cites in the wild:

    • rockfaces

    • cliffs

    • ledges

  • Nesting sites in cities:

    • Window ledges

    • Balconies

    • Roofs

    • Traffic lights

    • Bridges

    • Commercial signage

    • Bilboards

  • Monogamous

  • 2 eggs per brood

  • Both parents incubate eggs for 29 days

  • Babies are called “squabs”

  • Both parents feed the squabs pigeon milk, a mixture of water, fat, minerals, and protein, produced inside an esophageal gland

  • Mother can produce up to 5 broods per year

  • Squabs fledge and begin to take flight after 25-26 days

  • Parents may use the same nest for several years

 

 

How do I know if I have a pigeon nest near my home?

Pigeons are a common sight in Toronto. Sighting a single pigeon should not be cause for concern. If, however you begin to see many pigeons active close to your home it may be an indication that they are nesting somewhere close by.

  • Pigeons feed in the morning and afternoon

  • Return to nests at night

  • Reuse the same nest for several years without cleaning

  • Nests become compacted with faeces, debris, egg remains

  • Many nests become infested by mites or lice

Why should I take action against pigeons nesting near my home?

  • Spread a variety of pathogens, bacteria, and parasites through their faeces

  • unsightly presence

  • destruction of

  • more humane to remove the nest before eggs have been laid

  • Nests are often infested by mites which can invade your home

Signs of a pigeon infestation

  • Check on ledges, eaves, roofline, balconies and windowsills for signs of pigeons nesting

  • Large trails of pigeon faeces concentrated around the nest

  • Repeated sightings of the parent pigeons accessing a nesting site

  • Twigs, and branches of the nest can usually be sighted from ground level

  • Audible coo-ing sound around nesting site

 

 

How did pigeons get into my home?

  • Pigeons seek out suitable nesting sites early in the spring time

  • Reuse the same nest for many years

  • Have very advanced sense of navigation to find their back to the same nesting site

  • If a suitable nesting site is large enough, likely become communal nesting site for many pigeons

What do pigeons look for in a nesting site

  • Elevated ledge

  • Wind sheltered

  • Full early morning sun

  • Backed by wall to form ‘sun-trap’ for warming the nest

 

 

What do pigeons eat?

  • Omnivorous scavenger

  • Very adaptable feeders allows them to thrive in the urban environment

  • In the wild feed on a variety of plants, seeds and insects

  • In the city feed on

    • Human food waste

    • seeds, peanuts, bird seed

    • popcorn, french fries

    • bread, crackers

    • insects, spiders

 

 

How serious are pigeons?

While pigeons are a very common sight throughout the GTA, they are not to be taken lightly.

If pigeons are nesting close to your home they can put you and your family at risk of spreading a variety of pathogens, bacteria and parasites through their faeces.

Pigeons are also an unsightly nuisance, spreading filth and causing structural damage.

Pigeon nests are often infested by mites or lice which can spread into your home.

  • Contaminate food supplies with salmonella and chlamydophila psittaci and bacteria causing psittacosis

  • Cause serious disease known as Parrot Fever (typically resembling the flu or pneumonia)

  • Host intestinal helminths and range of tick, mite and lice ectoparasites that frequently invade homes from pigeon nests

  • Contact with pigeon faeces can lead a variety of illnesses such as:

    • histoplasmosis

    • cryptococcosis

    • psittacosis

    • the bird fancier's lung, a hypersensitivity pneumonitis

    • Newcastle disease

    • Aspergillosis

    • Pseudotuberculosis

    • Pigeon coccidiosis

    • Toxoplasmosis

    • Encephalitis

    • Salmonellosis

  • Carriers of West Nile Virus and avian influenza

 

 

How can Addison help prevent pigeons from nesting near my home?

Since pigeon populations are so rampant in Toronto, being proactive is the key to ensuring a pigeon free home and garden that is safe for your family, children and pets.

Give us a call today for more information or to schedule same-day pigeon removal in seconds.

Addison’s pigeon service includes a comprehensive inspection and prevention plan:

  • a 360º perimeter inspection of the interior and exterior of your home and garden

  • identification of potentially vulnerable roosting site

  • reinforcement of the roofline with sturdy wire mesh

  • sealing off balconies with bird-proof netting

  • installation of bird spikes on ledges, rooflines and windowsills

  • installation of deterrence items such as bird sound generators, predator scarecrows and outdoor flood lights

  • Identification and elimination of feeding and water sources

Can I prevent pigeons on my own?

  • Inspect the home and garden early in the springtime

  • Remove accessible food remains, bird feeders and organic waste

  • Seal all screens, eaves, weather stripping, dryer and exhaust vents

  • Eliminate any attractive nesting site close to the home or garden

  • Install commercially available deterrence methods

  • If a nest is located in an elevated precarious position, removal can be dangerous

 

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