5 Pigeon Control Tips You Need To Protect Your Property Now

For those with rooftop access, pigeons can be a serious problem. No one wants to tend a rooftop garden or host a moonlit rooftop dinner with pigeon droppings everywhere.  Of course, the best and most effective options is to contact a pigeon control specialist, but if you would like to try some “do it yourself” methods first, read on!

Tip 1: Bird spikes

pigeons-on-roofPerhaps the most popular options, bird spikes are sharp spikes that can be places in areas where pigeons loaf (loafing is when the pigeons rest on a ledge or a sign and look for food during the day). Though they may look dangerous and inhumane, they are perfectly safe. These spikes do not actually hurt the pigeons. They only prevent them from landing, therefore preventing them from loafing. Bird spikes can be purchased in hardware stores, or you can make them yourself with nails hammered through a piece of wood. Because of the possible danger, be sure not to put them in places where children may touch them.

Tip 2: Use string

Buy some weatherproof string and suspend it between two posts that are on opposite ends of where pigeons are likely to loaf. Be sure the string is taut enough that it will not dip under the weight of a bird. This super simple method will prevent pigeons from landing. If they can’t land, they cannot—you guessed it—loaf.

Tip 3: Wire mesh

If you have small, cozy spaces (like vents) where pigeons are likely to nest, cover them up with wire mesh. Be sure to secure them with nails.

Tip 4: Reduce/eliminate food sources

Obviously, pigeons (and all other animals) love to eat, so being sure to remove food sources (trash cans, etc.) can make the location less appealing to pigeons. If they can’t find much to eat, there is a good chance they will move on and look for another place to loaf.

Tip 5: Netting for nesting areas

Pigeon nesting areas always have cover. The only way to get rid of the nesting sites is full decontamination of all droppings and netting or screening off the entire area.

If you have tried all these things with no luck (or simply don’t feel like being bothered), your best bet is to contact a pigeon control specialist. For a reasonable fee, you can relax while they do all the work and you reap the benefits. Considering the money you may waste on DIY solutions, you may actually save money by going with a professional from the beginning. Choose the choice you feel most comfortable with.



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Dean December 9, 2015

Thanks for the suggestions. I have had great success with the bird spikes. These have worked wonders for ridding birds from multiple properties.

Theodore Winston June 13, 2016

This is actually the first time I had heard of bird spikes. I’ve been trying to find a solution for the pigeons that have been loafing around outside my home, and these bird spikes sound like a good idea. I think that I will give them a shot, but if they don’t work, I’ll be sure to call a bird control specialist to help me out. Thanks for the great tips!

Mitali November 8, 2016

Pigeon droppings are serious health scare and carry diseases such as Histoplasmosis and Psittacosis. Bird nets and bird spikes installed around the premises can be a good solution to keep birds away.

Elsa Anderson November 13, 2017

I liked your suggestion to use some strings so that the pigeons won’t be able to land and loaf on our home’s roof. We’ve just moved and recently we noticed a large number of pigeons resting on our roof. I’ve just had it cleaned and now it’s all messy again. If worst comes to worst, I’ll be sure to get a pest control’s help. Thanks for the helpful tips on how to protect our property from these birds!

Pigeon netting November 28, 2017

Thanks for sharing such useful tips.

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