Pigeons may seem like an unassuming species of bird that could do no harm if you’ve only encountered them from time to time in your day to day life, however once the problem is closer to home causing damage and mess around your property you’ll quickly realize that isn’t the case and the first thing you’ll want to do is get rid of them as quickly and humanely as possible.
Largely damage comes in the form of droppings whether that is on your property or onto your vehicles and garden. Not only does this cause visible damage but also poses a massive health risk, pigeon droppings can carry any number of dangerous diseases.
Thankfully because this is a common problem there are plenty of quick and easy ways to rid your property of these pests and get back to normal in no time which we’ll discuss below.
The first step is prevention, which involves keeping your property clear and free of garbage, and food waste that can attract birds as they primarily target homes which have a constant food source.
Not leaving out bird feeders, or other animal feeding items, or bread for birds to eat to would be an obvious prevention tactic. Keeping garbage a good distance from your home before it can be collected is a good start.
Your next priority should be all the locations the pigeons roost the most, inspect each of these areas individually to diagnose a root cause. This includes cleaning and removing any garbage or food waste in these areas, closing off exposed areas with netting or other weatherproof materials, filling in holes with rolled up plastic and generally making it harder for the birds to roost in these places paying closest attention to high up places where birds generally build nests for safety and comfort.
If there is a large open you need to cover or a rafter you need to fill in where birds are prone to nest improvise by creating an inexpensive crises cross structure out of twine which can be hauled up and cover the area preventing further nesting.
You can also create sloping surfaces in the same way where needed to deter birds as they prefer to reside on flat surfaces. Another humane deterrent is using reflective tape or create mirrored surfaces fashioned out of old CDs in areas most targeted to confuse and scare away birds.
Another easy do it yourself treatment that doesn’t involve buying expensive sonic repellent devices would be using spices. Spices have been used for years too keep pests out of people’s homes, everything from tiny ants to in this case medium sized birds.
Sprinkle spices like peppers and cinnamon in the areas most affected (the roosting locations you identified earlier) and reapply periodically especially after rainy or windy weather.
Moving onto sonic repellent devices as mentioned earlier as a last resort. City pigeons have been known to become increasingly resourceful and overcome many of the easy do it yourself methods outlined here, in some scenarios you have to crank it up a notch.
Sonic repellent devices emit sounds that will scare or confuse birds away from your property and what’s more is you won’t hear anything because the sounds are inaudible to human ears.
Before you go this site covers several other methods to fix your problem if the ones outlined above aren’t suitable.
January 15, 2016