How to scare away pigeons but not other birds

The easiest way to deter pigeons from your patio, deck, or balcony, is with sound or reflected light. You can achieve this with a wind chime, Mylar balloon, aluminum foil pans or even hanging CD’s. The reflected light disorients the birds. Plastic owl or rubber snake.

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In the UK, pigeons seem to be everywhere you go and if you find them on your roof – at home or work – chances are, you’ve heard them too. Not only are pigeons notoriously noisy but they can create a whole lot of mess and expensive damage to your roof tiles. What’s more, their faeces can carry diseases and draw vermin such as flies and rats to your property, which can leave you with yet another problem.

7 Smart Ways To Get Rid of Pigeons

Additional Procedures to Take to Keep Pigeons Away

When it comes to figuring out how to get rid of pigeons, falconry is the most natural and effective form of pest control you can use. Precautionary measures like removing bird feeders or leaving food and water out of bird feeders can be effective, but it will likely take more than refraining from the urge to feed pigeons to break up the habit of roosting.

In all of the following procedures, you have to make sure that whatever form of pest control you take, the pigeons may become accustomed to the devices, and therefore, you may have to change up the procedure from time to time to get rid of pigeons and keep them away.

Let’s explore some methods to get rid of pigeons:

Anti-bird spikes or ‘spike strips’ are a set of attachable spikes that can be fastened to a surface to prevent pigeons from perching or nesting in areas you want to keep bird-free. The spikes will not necessarily harm the birds, which is good in order to stay on the right side of the law; however, the spikes will deter the birds from setting up shop wherever the spikes are laid.

Bird-proofing with parallel wires is a great way to keep pigeons away from your roof or other areas of your home that are attractive to the birds. This method works by using parallel wires that run across the structure that prevents pigeons from landing and nesting.

Bird netting is somewhat unsightly but is very effective at keeping pigeons out of certain places. This mesh netting works much like the previous examples and creates a net barrier that prevents the birds from nesting.

A sticky trap, or sticky gel, is a bird repellent that keeps pigeons at bay by using a chemical that creates a translucent barrier across structures that causes a bird’s feet to become stuck to the surface, which makes the bird struggle to get free. A pigeon would not want to go through the experience of having to break free of the sticky chemical a second time and therefore, will avoid landing on structures that contain the gel.

Decoy kites can get rid of bird populations by using a kite-shaped decoy bird to sway in the wind to deter a pigeon from landing in a certain area. This method can be effective, but it may not work since decoys can sometimes be easily overlooked, which makes this method problematic to get rid of pigeons.

Lasers used against pigeon populations can be effective due to the piercing light that blinds the pigeons once they scout an area for nesting or roosting. This method can be initially effective, however, the pigeons may become accustomed to the lasers over time and simply get out the way.

Pigeons hate the sight or presence of other domineering birds, such as birds of prey. This is what makes falconry such a successful deterrent in getting rid of pigeon populations.

Additionally, pigeons do not like strong smells, such as cinnamon or hot pepper juice or spray. If you can safely reach the areas where the pigeon colony is roosting and nesting, you can spray and apply these substances to help drive the birds away.

1)    Install Different Nesting Boxes

Pigeon’s nesting habits are rather strange, but they usually create their nests on dry, flat surfaces such as in attics, on roofs or under bridges. Their nests tend to be quite flimsy, made from gathered sticks and debris, so they usually choose places that already have fairly good protection. Because of this, open, large nesting boxes may become an unwilling home to pigeons.

To avoid giving them an easy home, opt for nesting boxes that will let wild birds in, and keep pigeons out. We recommend ground haven cages, and nesting boxes such as this Snuggler nest box with a smaller entrance. These will allow smaller garden birds to nest safely in your garden and force pigeons to find another spot.

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Will using a scarecrow get rid of birds?

Installing a scarecrow in your front or back garden – wherever the pigeons will see this figure – is a similar idea to the bird of prey decoy. It also has a similar amount of effectiveness – very little – particularly once the birds get used to it.

FAQ

How do I get rid of nuisance pigeons?

What Do Pigeons Hate? Pigeons hate the sight or presence of other domineering birds, such as birds of prey. This is what makes falconry such a successful deterrent in getting rid of pigeon populations. Additionally, pigeons do not like strong smells, such as cinnamon or hot pepper juice or spray.

What home remedy gets rid of pigeons?

When trying to deter pigeons, preventing access to food is key.
  1. When feeding smaller birds, cage in all food so that pigeons cannot reach it. …
  2. Ledges can be protected by fitting specially designed spike strips or metal coil, or converting the ledge to a slope.
  3. Be careful with your choice of deterrent.

What noise are pigeons afraid of?

What home remedy gets rid of pigeons?
  1. 1 Use Mothballs. Using mothballs is a good way to keep pigeons out of the house. …
  2. 2 Use a string. …
  3. 3 Install anti-roosting spike. …
  4. 4 Replace your sheathing. …
  5. 5 Install a sprinkler. …
  6. 6 Use Bird shock tape. …
  7. 7 Eliminate food sources. …
  8. 8 Seal all the entry points.

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