Health Risks and Property Damage
Like many birds, pigeons can carry fleas, ticks, or mites. It’s been claimed that in addition they carry diseases which may be transmitted to people through direct contact with the birds or their feces but these reports seem to be mainly unsubstantiated. Their droppings and Squirrel Poop however can damage the paint on your vehicle or the finish on a building. Also, their highly-flammable nesting materials can clog up drains and ports.
Pigeon Control Methods
Nature follows the law of least resistance. Unless your problem with pigeons stems from overpopulation, make your building or home harder to nest. This section delves into each available way of doing this.
If you’re considering poisons, traps, or other lethal steps to kill the pigeons, you need to first consult you local governments to see what control procedures are legal and how to implement them safely.
The initial step in getting and keeping pigeons out of any specific area is to make it as inhospitable as possible. Pigeons prefer to nest in high, out-of-the-way places like awnings, rafters, ledges, and attics. Search your property for any places that would make a excellent safe haven and seal them off using screens, fillers and plates.
There are lots of techniques to deter pigeons; the one that you pick should be based on your specific requirements.
A tactile repellent is any device or substance that may deter a pigeon from landing on or touching a surface.
* Anti-Roosting Spike Strips – These spike strips can be attached to places a bird might perch to make it less attractive as a landing strip. They can be found on the internet and at many hardware stores.
* Chemicals – Chemicals can also be used, the most frequent kinds are either sticky and uncomfortable for birds to perch on, or can produce pain on contact with their feet. These are specialized products and can be obtained in most places that focus on pest control.
* Do-It-Yourself – A surface or perch can readily be made unusable with a little ingenuity. High, tight loops of chicken wire, modifications that turn a level surface into a sloped one, automatic sprinkler systems, and electrified wiring/fence kits are all excellent examples. Browse your local home improvement store for anything that looks like it would fit the bill.
Scarecrows have been used for ages to keep birds away from crops. Scarecrow types that deter pigeons include owls, snakes, cats, and people. The key to using one of these successfully is to make it appear as lifelike as possible. Move it from one location to another every couple of days. A scarecrow that moves either randomly or responsively is usually more effective then one that doesn’t. Windsocks that are created to look like animals can work well so long as there is sufficient wind to keep them ‘alive’.
Ultrasonic repellents are commercially available for every possible pest you can imagine, and for every pest we’ve researched they have been discovered to be complete failures at repelling any of them. Pigeons are no exception. Don’t waste your money on one of these.
Trapping and relocating a pigeon is a complete waste of time. Even if you release the bird hundreds of miles away, it will nonetheless have the ability to find its way back home in no time flat (It might even beat you back!) .