How to Keep Pigeons Away

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Pigeons can be extremely difficult to rid your property of. Yet, with the right knowledge, it can be done. While they were very beneficial in the past for sending messages, now, they’re a nuisance once they’ve taken up residence on your property. They will leave their droppings behind on any rooftop, vehicle and other structures which can be loaded with diseases that can be harmful to you, your family and other animals. Getting rid of these pests is no easy task considering they often live in packs or flocks. Many people have leaned toward the effects of different types of repellants to keep pigeons from coming around and making themselves too comfortable.

Pigeon Spikes
Spikes are a form of bird repellant that keeps birds from landing on your rooftop, porch, or balcony. Approved by the humane society, these spikes are not supposed to injure the birds in any way, but send them to another area other than your roof. Before installing your spikes, the roof must be cleared, cleaned and dried before anything else can be done. Afterwards, you apply silicone to the bottom of the spikes and position them along the edge of the ledge going around your roof and then one behind the other as you move toward the middle of the roof. The amount of silicone applied should be the width of your pinky or more if your ledge is not even. When you position the spikes along the ledge, make sure that you have a small overhang of spikes. Also, the space between the spikes should be no more than 2 inches. For this to work, you have to make sure that there are no holes or openings left to access because pigeons will force themselves past the spikes to get into a desired spot. You can glue spikes to windows and pipes as well but they can cost money, especially if you have a large area to cover. These spikes may keep pigeons from landing on your roof, but what about everywhere else on your property?

Surface Repellants
Pigeons have a problem with landing in certain areas because of their sensitive feet which is why you may decide to use a surface repellant. Most of the surface repellants found on the market are sticky. You’d just apply a medium layer of this substance in areas where you don’t want the pigeons to be. When one pigeon lands in the uncomfortable spot and gets the sensation of being stuck, he will quickly give word to his followers and they will immediately look for another area to land. A lot of times people will crush dried chili peppers as a surface deterrent and spread them in areas they want to keep pigeons away from. However, this doesn’t just keep the pigeons from landing, but it can be quite irritating to their feet when they do. This is certainly an inexpensive way to repel pigeons; however, when you have to keep buying it to reapply every so often, which you will, it then becomes expensive. This only provides you with a temporary solution to the problem and on top of that, the birds will eventually become immune.

Pigeon Scare Balloons
Balloons are fun items meant to make parties and special occasions more interesting. Pigeons, however, do not feel the same way about the bouncing balloons. Pigeon scare balloons normally contain a reflective surface; consist of bright colors and predator eyes that send nothing but the feeling of confusion and fear in the heart of a pigeon. They can be hung easily from tree branches, docking areas, balconies, gazebos, patios, boats and even on the sides of your home. These balloons look similar in appearance to large beach balloons but they are weather resistant and easy to install. Farmers in Japan have been using these for years to keep birds away from their crops. What happens when the balloon bursts or gets accidently popped? Heck, what if the birds figure out that the balloons are not predators at all? Sure, it’s inexpensive which is why many people might try it; however, you cannot expect long term prevention or even guarantee its effectiveness.

Motion Detectors
Motion detectors are used to repel pigeons by creating sounds that are annoying to them and cause them to consider another route. These ultrasonic sounds cannot be heard by anyone else and they are activated once the pigeon moves into the covered area. However, for these to be effective, they must sit above ground about 3 feet and aimed at the area where the pigeons are causing problems. Still, this is for people who maintain a low cut lawn. For higher grass and foliage try 8 feet. The problem with this device is that it’s easy for shrubbery and trees to block the sound and if it’s supposed to be aimed at a particular area, who’s to say that the pigeons won’t find another gathering spot in your yard?

Repellants are great to use if you’re just looking for a temporary solution and you don’t mind continuously spending money. However, a professional can give you results that are long term, cost effective and require little effort on your part.

More in-detail how-to pigeon removal articles:

Information about How to Remove A Bird Inside Home here.
Information about pigeon trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a pigeon - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to catch a pigeon - remove one stuck in the house.
Information about pigeon repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.

Find out if using Sound Repellants is effective against pigeons, and the Symptoms of a Sick Pigeon. Learn about pigeon shock track and what to do about Pigeons in the Chimney. Learn if rice or alka-seltzer will kill a pigeon, and if you should attempt to relocate a pigeon. Read my thoughts on if you should ever poison a pigeon and let me show you the areas of a house a pigeon can enter through. Find out if a pest control company will remove a pigeon, and if city or county animal services will help with a pigeon issue. Learn what noises and sounds pigeons make, and about pigeon mating habits. Read about a pigeon needle strip, if homeowners insurance will pay for pigeon damage, and how to use One-Way Exclusion Funnels to get rid of pigeons.

Read to find out if you should ever feed pigeons and if pigeon feces are dangerous to touch or breathe. I can show you the best material to exclude pigeons, and what to do if a Pigeon Enters Your Home. Learn about the Diseases pigeons carry, what you should do about pigeons in your chimney, and what you should do with a pigeon after you catch it. Learn how to keep pigeons out of a barn, and if Repellents will get rid of pigeons in your attic.

This site is intended to provide education and information about how to keep pigeons away from your house, patio, balcony, or building, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a pigeon problem. This site provides many pigeon control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of pigeon removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with keeping away pigeons.

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