Do you have lot of pigeons hanging around your property? Are you sick of dealing with the problems they cause? Then it is time to take action and make your home pigeon proof.
This article will go over the best ways to get rid of pigeons, and stop them from coming back. You will not have to deal with their messy nests, feathers, and most importantly feces ever again. Common methods include keeping a clean yard, using bird spikes, and scarecrow devices.
Keep a Clean Yard
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to keep your yard and the outside of your house clean. Also, keep up with external home repairs.
Pigeons will not stick around if there is a not an abundant food supply. Typically they will feed on seeds, berries, other grains. Keeping your yard clean will clean up a lot of these things. If you have bird feeders, it might be a good idea to get rid of them. Pigeons will not feed on the perches, but they will clean up the seeds on the ground. If you don’t want pigeons around, never under any circumstances feed them. They will come back and in greater numbers.
Make sure your house has no broken windows, window air conditions, gutters, or chimneys. These are all common nesting locations on homes for pigeons. Like food, without nesting locations, pigeons will not stay. Keeping a yard clean and free of sticks, roots, and other sturdier debris will also prevent pigeons from having ready materials to build a nest with.
Loud Noises & Flashing Light
Most birds are easily scared by loud noises. If you clap loudly or bang yard equipment together, pigeons will most likely fly away. They may come back, but making lots of noise will get rid of the birds temporarily. The same goes for flashing light, as this can represent danger to the pigeon. A great solution to keep pigeons, and other birds, away is to use Pigeon tape. This is reflective material that makes noise as it flaps in the wind. Many people report having good results with it, plus it is a cheap solution.
Blocking Roosting Locations
Pigeons will build their nests in places that are high up or tucked away out of view. As mentioned previously, make sure you repair external damage to your home. Also, make sure that your house has all of its larger crevices covered. If you have gutters, invest in some good quality gutter covers. Make sure that any holes in your roof are either patched up or made inaccessible from the outside. Place obstacles on high ledges to prevent pigeons from building nests on them. If you have trees, consider covering them with netting or wiring. Bird spikes work well on ledges and roofs.
Large predatory birds, such as falcons, hawks, and owls will hunt and eat pigeons. Therefore it would be a good idea to place a statue or garden ornament of a falcon or hawk on your property to scare the pigeons away. The more lifelike the statue, the better your chances are of keeping the pigeons off of your property. Check out this owl statue, it should work well.
As a final resort, you may try avian poison. Your selection is limited due to strict regulations by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and you may not even be able to get the poison without being a licensed applicator. If you have reached this point and you have already tried everything else without success, it would probably be best for you to simply call pest control and have a licensed professional take care of your pigeon problem.