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How to Get Rid of Pigeons

Getting rid of pigeons is difficult as they can perch almost anywhere and are not afraid of humans. It is best to secure problem areas through bird spikes, rather than try to get rid of them altogether, although you can try using bird decoys or ultrasonic repellers.

Other than dulling your car’s paintwork, pigeon poo can damage statues, roofing materials and air conditioners. It is possible to contract three diseases –  histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis – through inhalation or touch, so it is best to use a hose when removing stains. Nests contain mites, so it is important to use gloves when handling, instantly disposing into a bag.

Pigeon Profile

The rock pigeon, the most common species of dove, inhabits sea cliffs and mountains in the wild, which leaves them well adapted to finding ledges in urban areas.

Fearless, pigeons happily cohabitat with humans and are the oldest domesticated bird.

It these factors – fearlessness, widespread domestication, and suitableness to urban environments – combined with humanity’s never ending supply of rubbish have enabled their rise.

Probably the most common bird in the world, there are an estimated 17-28 million feral birds in Europe alone.

Remove the Attractants

Pigeons will return to any area they have found food, water or shelter. Hence, rubbish should be secured in a bin and bird feeders and baths left empty. Chimneys and attics should be sealed to prevent nesting.

Secure Your Surfaces

Bird spikes are extremely effective at deterring pigeons from roosting. They can be attached to gutters, windowsills and even trees.

Sloping covers on windowsills or ledges will make it difficult for pigeons to perch.

Netting can be used to secure large enclosed areas, although you must make sure to release trapped pigeons.

Pigeon Deterrents

Ultrasonic devices can be used to deter pigeons. Ultrasound is inaudible to humans, but disorientating to pigeons, who will quickly move on. Our model is fitted with a strobe light for maximum effect.

Decoys of predators such as falcons and owls can be used to deter pigeons.

An old farmers trick, reflective surfaces (cds and mirrors) can be used to scare off pigeons from ground level. Rotating, reflective devices have been developed complete with predator eyes.

Supposedly, hosing pigeons tells them they are not welcome, and the more times you do it the more you reinforce this perception.

Using Multiple Solutions

Pigeons are notoriously difficult to get rid of, so using multiple solutions in tandem is often required. Bird spikes can be used be used to stop birds defecating from perches, and ultrasonic devices and bird decoys can be used to scare away the fearful among them. 

Jorge at PrimroseJorge works in the Primrose marketing team. He is an avid reader, although struggles to stick to one topic!

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