Pigeons can spread disease-carrying mites, ticks, and lice, and their acidic excrement can harm the paint of your car and anything else it comes into touch with. Even worse, it takes some work to get rid of them after your house becomes their preferred location to perch or nest.
Fortunately, you can influence them to relocate without endangering them. If you have a pigeon infestation, try one of these nine methods.
1. Make noise
Pigeons are deterred from landing on or near your home by an ultrasonic bird repeller, which emits sounds of the birds’ predators and distress calls. Since these noises are ultrasonic, you must raise the volume all the way up in order to hear them. Nonetheless, local pigeons will. Some pigeons that hear the repeller may fly away from your house right away, but other pigeons will take some time to identify your house with the noises and choose to sleep somewhere else.
Depending on their characteristics and the distance they can transmit sound (some can cover up to 5,000 square feet), these devices range in price from from $50 to $200. The drawback of ultrasonic bird repellents is that they don’t only deter pigeons. On the downside, ultrasonic bird repellers don’t just repel pigeons. They can repel other animals, too, and can disturb your dog or cat.
2. Give them no place to roost
Bird spikes are thorn-like protrusions, typically made of plastic, that connect to a strip and are a common solution to a pigeon problem. The spikes prevent pigeons from finding a place to roost as they attempt to land. Nevertheless, you may also mount them on beams, window sills, ledges, fences, and gates. Most homeowners install them to the roofline. Most home improvement and garden retailers sell them for $25 to $40 for a 7′ to 8′ strip.
Pigeons cannot roost where there is no space for them, making bird spikes one of the most efficient ways to get rid of them. Nonetheless, they could look out of place in your house.
3. Be a bad host
Bird wire is installed 3 to 4 inches above the area where you don’t want pigeons to settle, similar to bird spikes. A bird will abort his landing if he comes in contact with the wire as it starts to fall. Pigeons will eventually learn that your house is not a secure location to land and will stay away from it entirely.
You’ll need thin, metal stakes that attach to your roofline in order to install bird wire. You might need to engage a pest control firm to install it for you because it’s difficult to obtain in home improvement stores or online.
4. Get a gel for that
Unlike bird wire, bird repellent gel is simple to install. You apply this transparent, gooey gel—which comes in a caulk tube—to your roof, fence, or other perches using it. Pigeons will sense the gel’s stickiness and fly away when they settle on it. Each tube should cover around 10 to 12 feet and costs $15 to $20.
There are certain drawbacks to it. Bird repellant gel needs to be replenished at least annually and, as it collects dust, can become ugly. On the plus side, it’s almost invisible and can help lessen other pests like ants that can get caught in it.
5. Hang reflective tape
Hanging reflective scare tape, also known as reflective bird tape or flash tape, is another well-liked method of removing pigeons. This tape, which is available in rolls up to 350 feet long, contains a holographic design that interacts with light to confuse birds of all kinds. Cut the tape into strips, then hang them where you wish to make it difficult for pigeons to land.
The pigeons are disturbed not just by the glittering “flash” of the tape that is flapping in the wind but also by the sound of it moving. Reflectors may not be everyone’s style, but at less than $15 for 350 feet, they might be.
6. Surprise them with a little sprinkle
A motion-activated sprinkler chases away pigeons anytime it detects movement and is effective against all pests, including skunks and raccoons. When turned on, it will shoot water for five seconds in the direction that motion was detected. Most range in price from $50 to $75 and can be set up to only function during specific hours of the day. All you need to do is connect it to a hose once its program is complete.
The disadvantage of these systems is that they cannot distinguish between a pigeon, your dog, and the neighbor’s child. You might want to think about adopting an alternative technique if animals or other individuals frequently enter the area that the water jet’s package specifies as its perimeter.
7. Get an owl decoy
Much like any other bird, pigeons try to stay away from their predators. Make use of a terrifying decoy for your benefit. Pigeons might be scared away by using owl decoys. These range from basic decoys with heads that swivel in the breeze to solar-powered ones that emit “hoots” and flap their wings, and you can find them at most home improvement and garden centers.
You should secure the base to prevent it from toppling over because the majority weigh relatively little. Also, although though decoys are made to resist the environment, you could eventually need to clean the sensor on yours or completely replace the decoy. Decoys can dissuade other birds and smaller animals like squirrels from visiting your yard, which is another potential problem.
8. Lure them with bait
A pigeon trap might work if you only need to deal with a small number of pigeons. These traps, which are made specifically for pigeons, may hold up to ten live birds. Place fruit, seeds, broken corn, or other delights inside one to utilize it. The one-way door will close behind a bird as he enters to eat, preventing him from leaving. The birds can be driven far away from your home and released after being captured.
Traps typically range in price from $75 to $100, but ones with luxuries like drink dispensers or shade covers will cost more. The good news is that they function effectively when you’re dealing with a few birds; the bad news is that they struggle with infestations.
9. Be proactive
Pigeons are creatures of habit, and until you give them a good reason not to, they will keep going back to the same spot. You can get rid of the items that initially drew them there even though the majority of the aforementioned strategies scare them away. Put covers on all garbage cans, pet food, and areas with standing water, such as birdbaths. Fruit trees and your garden plants should be covered in netting. Also, avoid sowing additional seeds or overseeding your lawn.
Also, capping chimneys and vents as well as filling any holes where they might nest can assist. These actions may lessen the appeal of your property and can tempt them to look for another location with easy access to berries and places to build nests.
If you intend to sell your property or if you move into a new residence with an infestation, you should take swift action to eliminate your pigeon problem. In those circumstances, you might think about working with a seasoned pest control business to identify the best course of action for your particular problem.