How to Get Rid of Pigeons

How to Get Rid of Pigeons
Even avid bird lovers might not want to see pigeons around their home and yard. Pigeons can be messy, dirty, disruptive and even carry fleas, mites and disease. You need not grab your shotgun; instead use a number of more humane techniques to drive away those pesky birds.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Movable scarecrow
  • Broom, mop and cleaning supplies
  • Garbage bags
  • Screens and nets
  • Pigeon spikes
  • Pigeon repelling chemicals
  • Movable scarecrow
 
Step 1
Check for roosting spots. Find out where the birds are hanging out by inspecting your home and property. They are especially fond of eaves, attics, rafters, windowsills and other ledges. Seal off any openings, such as a small nook in the attic peak, with screens and nets so the pigeons can no longer land there. Clear off and dispose of any nesting materials. Wash off any existing droppings and other pigeon debris.
Step 2
Make areas unfriendly. Remodel all popular roosting ledges, sills and other flat areas by installing pigeon spikes or another deterrent. Other examples include making a flat area slightly sloped with boards or artwork; installing an automatic sprinkler system that turns on when movement comes near or hooking up a wired fence that gently zaps anything that comes near it.
Step 3
Use chemicals if you're not up for installing dangerous-looking spikes or other tactile deterrents. Some pest control companies sell chemicals that will make pigeons and other birds unwelcome by either making the treated area sticky or causing a reaction that hurts their feet.
Step 4
Try scare tactics such as scarecrows to keep pigeons and other birds at bay. Use those that work on pigeons, which include a scarecrow shaped like an owl, snake, cat or person. Make your own or buy one from a home or hardware store. Move the scarecrow every few days for maximum effectiveness. Windsocks can also work, as long as there is enough wind to make them move.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
You can create your own netting using chicken wire. Make your own spikes by installing decorative iron fence tops or other pointy artwork on ledges and sills. They can be drilled through wood or fastened with epoxy to cement or other materials.
 
You can create your own netting using chicken wire.
 
Make your own spikes by installing decorative iron fence tops or other pointy artwork on ledges and sills. They can be drilled through wood or fastened with epoxy to cement or other materials.
 
Relocating pigeons will not work. If you trap them live and even drive them several miles away, they will find their way back to your roost if they have decided that's where they want to be. If you want to kill the pigeons as your solution, check with your local wildlife department or other appropriate authority to make sure that's allowed in your area.
 
Relocating pigeons will not work. If you trap them live and even drive them several miles away, they will find their way back to your roost if they have decided that's where they want to be.
 
If you want to kill the pigeons as your solution, check with your local wildlife department or other appropriate authority to make sure that's allowed in your area.

Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski

Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.

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