How To Get Rid Of Pigeons On The Roof?
When you think of a bird problem, you may envision a horde of crows circling your property, Alfred Hitchcock-style. Yet, in the real world, pigeons are often pesky birds causing issues for residential and commercial properties. With their incessant cooing, nesting habits, and not to mention the mess they make, a pigeon problem can feel overwhelming.
But worry no longer! We’re about to unveil the secrets to pigeon removal and control. Whether you’re dealing with a handful of birds or a full-blown bird infestation, we’ve got you covered. So grab your DIY toolkit, and roll up your sleeves to tackle this bird problem.
Identifying Your Pigeon Problem
Before declaring war on these pests, it’s essential to understand the scope of the problem. Are the pigeons roosting on your roof, or are they building nests in nearby trees? How many are there, and what attracts them to your property? By observing their habits, you can tailor your approach to discourage pigeons more effectively.
Preparing For Pigeon Removal
Before initiating the bird control mission, you must gather a few items. Bird spikes and anti roosting spikes can be your first line of defence.
But remember, these tools aren’t meant to harm the birds; instead, they simply make your roof less inviting. And here’s a pro tip: for a budget-friendly alternative, aluminium foil pans or reflective tape can often reflect sunlight just as effectively, confusing the pigeons’ eyesight and encouraging them to find another roosting spot.
Setting Up Deterrents
With your pigeon-proofing tools, it’s time to make your roof a no-fly zone. Install bird spikes or other deterrents, like wire mesh or bird netting, in popular roosting areas. These measures will help exclude pigeons from these spots. And if you’re dealing with smaller birds as well, you might want to consider bird gels or lightweight kites shaped like birds of prey as part of your bird control solution.
After setting up your pigeon deterrents, don’t just wash your hands of the problem. Regular inspections are crucial to ensure that your efforts are paying off.
Check your roof and nearby trees weekly for signs of new pigeon activity. Are there any new nests? Are the pigeons moving to a different part of the roof, or are they leaving altogether? By staying vigilant, you can stop pigeons from turning your roof into their favourite hangout spot.
One of the reasons you should get rid of pigeons from your property is their potential to carry diseases. Pigeon droppings can pose significant health risks, like Histoplasmosis,bCryptococcosis, and Psittacosis. So, while combating the pigeon problem, clean up after them properly.
Now, let’s talk about legality. Before you employ any bird deterrents, it’s crucial to check local wildlife protection laws. Some areas have strict regulations about what you can and can’t do regarding pigeon removal. You may need permits for certain exclusion methods. So, make sure you’re not accidentally breaking the law in your quest to keep pigeons at bay.
Sometimes, despite all your efforts, pigeons are a tough opponent. If this is the case, you might need to call in the big guns – a pest control specialist. A professional can offer a more effective solution to your pigeon problems, like pigeon birth control or using a professional falconer. These options may be more costly and will provide a long term solution to your pigeon issues. Read more in our post all about Pigeon Pest Control.
There are other ways to deter pigeons, many of which you can implement alongside your roof spikes. These include:
- Sound Devices: Devices that emit predatory bird calls can be an effective method to scare pigeons.
- Reflective Objects: Foil balloons or wind chimes can reflect light and create a movement that pigeons find unsettling.
- Bird Feeders: Pigeon-proof bird feeders will stop pigeons from monopolising the food and allow smaller birds to feed.
- Secure Food Sources: Secure your trash cans, pet food, and recycling bins. Any nearby food can attract these pest birds.
Pigeons and Other Wildlife
Remember, while you’re focusing on your pigeon problem, be aware of other wildlife. Your efforts to repel pigeons shouldn’t harm other birds, other animals, or beneficial insects. If pigeons congregate near your solar panels, ensure your control methods won’t affect their functionality.
Fly High with a Pigeon-Free Roof: Guide On Eliminating Roof Pigeons
While pigeons can be a nuisance, there are plenty of ways to rid your property of these pesky birds without resorting to harm. From DIY methods like bird spikes and reflective objects to professional pest control, there are solutions for every level of pigeon problem. Respect local wildlife laws and consider potential health risks when planning your pigeon eviction.
With a little time and patience, you can reclaim your roof and say goodbye to your uninvited feathery guests once and for all.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I feed pigeons to discourage them from my roof?
Ironically, feeding pigeons will likely make your problem worse. They’ll associate your property with food and invite more of their friends over.
Are pigeon droppings dangerous?
Yes, pigeon faeces can carry diseases that are transmittable to humans, including Histoplasmosis and Psittacosis.
Is there a humane way to get rid of pigeons?
Absolutely! Bird spikes, bird netting, and most other deterrents mentioned in this article are humane methods to eliminate pigeons. They simply discourage birds from roosting in these areas without causing harm.
Can I use bird spikes on window sills and roof tiles ?
Yes, bird spikes can be installed on window sills, roof tiles, and even under solar panels to prevent birds from perching.
Can I hire pigeon control specialists for an outdoor space dealing with a pigeon infestation?
Yes, some bird control specialists deal specifically with problems like pigeon infestations in outdoor spaces. These experts use various techniques, including integrated pest management (IPM), to ensure an effective solution.
What can be done to prevent pigeons from nesting on my green roof?
A green roof can be an inviting spot for pigeons to nest. To discourage them, consider installing reflective surfaces or bird spikes, which can disrupt their ability to roost comfortably. Regularly maintaining your green roof to remove potential food sources can also help.
How can reflected light deter pigeons?
Reflected light can confuse a pigeon’s eyesight, causing discomfort and discouragement from returning. Reflective surfaces or objects that move with the wind, like foil balloons, can be highly effective scare tactics.
What types of damage to buildings can pigeons cause?
Pigeons can cause significant damage to buildings. Their droppings are corrosive and can damage building materials. They can also block drains with their nests, potentially damaging water.
What’s the best way to remove pigeon nests from my property?
Removing pigeon nests can be tricky and might require professional help. It’s important to ensure there are no eggs or young birds in the nest before removal. Always wear protective clothing to avoid contact with bird mites or droppings.
Why do pigeons congregate on my property?
Pigeons often congregate where they have easy access to food and shelter. If your property provides these necessities, you might deal with a pigeon problem. To discourage them, remove food sources, and prevent them from nesting.
How effective are gel repellants in pigeon control?
Gel repellants can be highly effective in discouraging pigeons. They create an uncomfortable sticky surface that pigeons dislike. However, they may need reapplication over time and might not be a long-term solution.
Can dealing with a pigeon infestation become extremely dangerous?
While “extremely dangerous” might be an overstatement, pigeon infestations can pose significant health risks due to the diseases carried in their droppings. If the infestation is large, calling in pigeon control services is best.
How can I stop pigeons from nesting without causing harm to small birds?
An effective method to stop pigeons from nesting while keeping small birds safe is to use exclusion techniques. You could install bird netting or use bird spikes, which tend to deter larger birds like pigeons but do not affect smaller species.
What should I do if scare tactics only provide a short-term solution to my pigeon problem?
If scare tactics like reflected light or sound devices only provide temporary relief, you might need to consider more long-term solutions. This might include population control strategies such as birth control feed or structural modifications like netting or spikes to prevent pigeons from nesting.
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