Dealing with Pigeon Problems

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“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small.” I bet that song wasn’t created by someone who had pigeon problems that’s for sure. Despite some of these little feathered creatures looking pretty harmless, pigeons can cause all kinds of damage to your home and garden, if left to their own devices. But don’t worry as help is at hand

There are several things you can do to help protect your property from the likes of pesky pigeons, and in this article, we’re going to explore some of those in a little more detail. However, first, let’s take a look at some of the main problems people have with pigeons and to best deal with it.

  • Pigeons on the Roof

Whenever groups of pigeons gather on the roof it’s usually because they’ve found a nearby food or water source. Pet food, berries, grass seeds. These are all very tasty treats for pigeons, so if you do have any of these lying around, your first step is to remove them. Once any potential food and water sources have been depleted, you should also consider laying fresh turf on your lawn and replacing any fruit bearing trees with a less appetizing variety.    

Pigeons also love chimneys and quite often will make nests in them. To prevent that from happening you can purchase something called a chimney cap/chimney cowl. It’s a basic device that’s designed to prevent birds getting inside. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy to install, provided you have the right safety gear to be clambering up onto your roof. Bird spikes can also be applied to rooftops. But again, because of the height factor, may be best left to the professionals.    

  • Pigeons on Window Ledges

Another favourite hangout for pigeons is window ledges. And while these might provide somewhere cosy for the bird to relax and chill, they tend to make a bit of a mess while there with their frequent droppings and shed feathers. They can also be pretty noisy and may well distract you while working, snoozing, or watching TV. Thankfully there are many a good product out there to help with this problem.

The most commonly used product to deter pigeons from ledges are bird spikes. These come in either plastic or stainless steel and are designed to create an uneven landing space for birds. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy to install and can be picked up quite easily online or at the local DIY shop. The only real downside is they don’t look particularly nice. 

If you’d prefer something a little more subtle, you may want to consider using a transparent bird gel instead. This substance is applied direct to the window ledge. While it is non-toxic to birds, they don’t like the sticky texture, and are therefore reluctant to stay with this in place. Another similar deterrent is that of fire gel. This specially designed product produces UV rays that appear to birds as fire, prompting them to steer clear.   

  • Pigeons in the Attic or Shed 

Dealing with this one is a little more complicated as there’s a good chance the pigeons will be nesting. If so, you don’t want to be using any kind of bird spike or bird gel. The best thing to use in these situations is some kind of bird netting. This will physically prevent the bird from building a nesting site, but in a humane way. Cooper mesh also works well. However, before any of these products can be installed, you need to first remove any nesting materials already present. 

Prevention is Key

Dealing with pigeons isn’t particularly fun. However, it can be avoided by following a few simple rules:

  • Never feed pigeons. While it may be tempting to feed them, it is one of the worst things you can do. Would you leave somewhere you were constantly being fed? If you have been feeding them, stop immediately. They will soon fly away when they realise there’s no more food around. 
  • Keep rubbish clear. Even if you stop feeding the pigeons intentionally, they may still be getting food unintentionally via things such as overflowing bins or dropped crumbs. If you do have a pigeon problem or don’t want to be getting one any time soon, then be extra vigilant of these things and keep any potential food source out of sight. 
  • Use humane prevention methods. Netting wire, spikes, gels. They all work well if given a chance and used correctly. Putting down any kind of poison in which to try and solve your pigeon problem is not only cruel, but it won’t solve the real root cause of the issue. 

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