How to get rid of pigeons?

Date: 19,11,2021

Author: Aosion

Pigeons have adapted very well to city life that we are used to seeing them everywhere.
But what happens when these pigeons/birds decide to make your property their new home?
Also, pigeons can be one of the most annoying pests with their constant cooing on the roof, the poop they leaves everywhere, and how cluttered they make your home look.
Please don’t worry, If you have a pigeon problem in your home, you’ve come to the right place.
This article will share all news about pigeons with you, how to get rid of then, and the best way to make sure your house pigeon free.
Let’s go!

What is the pigeon?

Pigeons---"Columbidae" is a family of birds made up of pigeons and doves, it is the only family in the columbines. These are stout-bodied birds with short necks and slender bills that in some species feature fleshy cereals. They feed mainly on fruits, seeds, plants, etc. The family is found all over the world, but the most diverse are found in Indian Malaya and Australasia.
In English, the smaller species tend to be called "doves" and the larger ones "pigeons".Historically, the common names for these birds have involve a great deal of variation between the terms. The bird most often referred to as just "pigeon" is the domestic pigeon, which can be found anywhere in the world except in cold regions.

These birds are derided as “flying rats” for the chaos they cause, but they are intelligent creatures.
Some of them have been known to memorize the 26 letters of the alphabet! In fact, a certain species of pigeon called on homing pigeon has been trained to return to their training grounds by flying nearly 2000 miles!

The most invasive species are known as the feral, urban or street pigeons. They are the descendants of the domestic pigeon. They invade homes, cities, and workplaces. They also carry disease, damage property, and often make life unbearable for homeowners.

Pigeon colors vary widely from white to red to blue-gray. They are monogamous animals that mate one partner for life, and they will nest a year on your roof, balcony, and any area of the house they can roost in. These birds are strong fliers, and they may live for up to 35 years.
Pigeons feed on seeds, grains, fruits, but they will also eat any food they can find around the house. These birds have lived almost side-by-side with humans for thousands of years. They adapt very well because we have always consciously provide food for these birds, either intentionally feeding them or unknowingly leaving us with food in places like garbage.
While most people think pigeons are just annoying with their cooing and other noises they like to make, the presence of these birds can pose a challenge to your health and safety.

What is the harm of pigeons/birds?

1. They droppings are disgusting, it can attract vermin, such as flies, mice, mouses, rats, etc.

2. The droppings are highly acidic, it can caused significant damage to roofs, especially tar-based structures, and has been known to decrease the roof life in half in some cases.

3. The droppings can cause a huge mess to your apartment balcony, patio or garden, staining and threatening the surfaces of your outdoor furniture.

4. The acidic quality of the droppings can eat away at your cars paint, causing significant and costly damage to your car.
5. Anyone who's ever dealt with pigeon poop on their car, home, or clothes can tell you that it is so difficult to remove.

6. In addition to the threat manure poses to your home and car, heavy pigeon nests at the end of the season are known to clog gutters and roof troughs.
Droppings can also cause water build-up and degradation to your roof and eaves.

7. The droppings carry diseases, including histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, psittacosis, etc.
These diseases can be dangerous or life-threatening to people with certain conditions, like asthma or weakened immune systems.

8. Pigeons are ill-mannered bullies who shove their way to the front of every food line. If you’ve set out a bird feeder to attract charming robins or sparrows to your deck.
But pigeons will move in instead, and rapidly consume every single speck of seed and scare off all the other birds.
They completely take over your micro-ecosystem, bullying other animals, stomping on plants, and damage plants.

Caution: Pigeons reproduce rapidly, generating a clutch of 1-3 chicks with an incubation period of just 18 days. If you have a pigeon problem on you house, garden or other property, would be suggest act quickly. The longer you wait, the more likely your property is to face costly repairs or irreversible damage.

How to get rid of pigeons quickly & humanely?

Getting rid of pigeons is not an easy task, these birds are survivors, having lived close to humans for a very long time. The below pest control methods are relatively inexpensive and are things you could do yourself.

1. Get rid of pigeons from your roof
Getting pigeons off your roof requires some creativity, especially if your roof has pitches or eaves where the birds can live or nest.
Deterrents: like wire coils, stainless steel wires, and spikes are all low-profile additions that can prevent birds from perching on the roof.
Netting: nylon bird netting can be effective for roofs that have pitches and eaves that are attractive for pigeons.

2. Get Rid of pigeons from your balcony
Getting rid of pigeons from small areas like balconies can be resolved with relatively simple common-sense solutions.
Sound or reflected light: the easiest way to deter pigeons from your patio, deck, or balcony, is with sound or reflected light. You could achieve this with a wind chime, Mylar balloon, aluminum foil pans, or even hanging CDs., the reflected light disorients them.
Plastic owl, rubber snake or scarecrows: the most common example is a plastic owl or rubber snake. Unfortunately, the effects will most likely be short-lived, the pigeons come to recognize the scarecrow as something that is not a threat.

3. Get rid of pigeons from your garden
The best way to keep pigeons out of your garden is to identify their high-traffic areas and then deal with them in a targeted fashion.
Use the Electronic Pigeons or Birds Repellents to drive them away the protected ares.

How to prevent them pigeons/birds?

Once the mess is gone, there is most certainly damage left behind that is costly to repair. Prevention is the best way, no matter how much you spend on pigeons control, it will always be less than the cost of cleaning up after them.
There are more than a few things pigeons hate, such as spicy or strong smells, loud noises, shiny objects, and predators.

1. Loud Sounds/Alarm
They hate loud sounds, installing wind chimes or ultrasound pigeon repellent in your balcony, garden, or any other infested area is one of the best ways of removing them from your house.

2. Strong Smell
These birds hate the smell of essential oils like peppermint oil, lemon oil, cinnamon, etc. Mix any of these oils with vinegar and water in a bottle. After mixing with either vinegar or water, pour into a spray bottle to apply over the affected areas.
Or some of them are Onion, Garlic, Ghost pepper, Cayenne Pepper, etc. You could purchase a bottle of them and sprinkle the contents on your window sills, balcony, and where the birds live or nest.

3. Bright Lights
Bright lights disorient them also. Installing Aluminum foil, reflective CDs, and other reflective surfaces will help scare pigeons away from your house.

4. Natural Predators
Pigeons, like most bird species out there, have more than their share of natural predators. Some homeowners have used peregrine falcons, hawks, and even cats, dogs to drive away pigeons from their homes.

There is no single solution or method to all pigeon problems. Short of exterminating the birds, there is no fool proof way to get rid of all of them.
Pigeons have accompanied humans for thousands of years, like rats, are not leaving anytime soon.
Unfortunately, even the effects of lethal methods are only effective in the short term as the remaining flock rapidly breeds back the ones that are missing.
Lethal solutions usually represent the ”harvest” of pigeons as opposed to an actual control program. Both larger and smaller problems can be solved with the techniques outlined above although all but the simplest sites need some observation and planning to develop a effective and safe strategy for success.


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