Pigeons are one of the most common pests in urban areas. They are attracted to areas with food and water available, and they often roost where they feel safe from predators. If you have a pigeon problem, you know how annoying and messy they can be.
Traditional methods of getting rid of pigeons, like traps and poison, can be ineffective and even dangerous. But there are some non-traditional methods that you can try that may be more effective.
Hang Shiny Objects or Reflective Material to Get Rid of Pigeons
One of the most effective ways for controlling pigeons as pests is by hanging shiny objects and reflective materials in strategic locations. The reflected light disorients the birds, making them believe that your property is not a safe place to land. You can use anything that sparkles or reflects light, such as CDs, foil strips, or Mylar balloons. Just be sure to move the objects around from time to time, so the birds don’t become accustomed to them.
Install a Motion Activated Sprinkler System
If you’re looking for a non-lethal way to get rid of pests, a motion-activated sprinkler system may be the perfect solution. These systems are designed to deter birds from roosting on ledges by spraying them with water when they get too close. The sudden blast of water will startle the pigeons and convince them to find somewhere else to perch. Motion-activated sprinkler systems are an effective way to get rid of pigeons without harming them, and they can also be used to deter other animals, such as squirrels.
Install Spikes in Areas Where Pigeons Like to Roost
A motion-activated sprinkler system is a good way to get rid of pest pigeons, but it’s not the only method. If you have ledges or other areas where the pigeons like to perch, you can discourage them by installing spikes on those surfaces. Pigeons will avoid landing on surfaces that are hazardous to their feet, so if you install sharp metal spikes along the ledge and in any other area where they tend to roost, they’ll be less inclined to use those locations as a resting place.
In addition to being effective, spikes are also a humane way to get rid of pigeons. They do not hurt the birds and can be easily removed if necessary.
Play Recordings of Predator Calls
Birds are hardwired to respond to the calls of predators, as these calls signal danger. By playing recordings of predator calls, such as the call of a hawk or an owl, you can trick pigeons into thinking that predators are nearby, causing them to flee the area in search of safety. This method is non-lethal and does not require the use of chemicals or other toxic substances, making it a safe and effective way to get rid of pigeons.
You can combine predator calls with a fake hawk or owl decoy to increase their effectiveness. The pigeons will be scared off by the sounds of the predators, but they will also see the fake hawk or owl and think that a real predator is nearby. This can help to keep them away even longer once they have left the area.
Install Physical Barriers
Alternatively, you can install physical barriers around your property, such as nets or wire mesh. Bird netting is a popular pigeon control solution that can be easily installed over gardens, trees, and rooftops. It is a strong, durable material that creates a barrier between the pigeons and their food source and can also prevent pigeons from landing on the surface.
Ultrasonic devices are another effective way to prevent pigeons from landing. These devices emit sounds or light frequencies at which pigeons do not like to perch.
Some of these products mimic predatory behaviors, such as birds of prey flying past or predatory screams, but others only emit loud noises to scare birds away from food sources and nesting areas. Most of these products work by using an audible alarm or infrasound (inaudible sound waves) emitted in specific patterns that disrupt feeding activity or by placing a negative association with the area where the sound is emitted.
Spread Repellent Plants and Spices
Another effective method to keep pigeons away is to plant or scatter repellent plants and spices in your garden. Garlic, rosemary, fennel, lavender, heather, onion, sage, and thyme have pungent scents that repel birds. Cayenne pepper and chili powder can also deter pigeons from feasting on your property.
These are not limited to garden plants. A simple concoction of the above ingredients can be used to make a spray that can be applied on surfaces like your roof, deck, or windowsills to deter pigeons.
If you are looking for more advanced, long-term solutions for keeping pigeons away from your property, it’s important to consult with a professional pest control expert who can evaluate your situation and recommend the most effective strategies for preventing pests like pigeons from entering your property.