A number of options exist for managing or preventing nuisance
situations involving pigeons:
Pigeons often prefer to use the interior portions of buildings
to nest and roost if an opportunity for access is provided. Openings
to lofts, steeples, vents, and eaves can be blocked with 1/2-inch
galvanized wire mesh, wood, sheet metal, or other solid construction
materials to prevent pigeons from entering.
Controlling pigeons on the exterior surfaces of buildings often
requires considerably more effort. The most effective and permanent
methods of control involve structural modifications which either
physically exclude pigeons from the preferred surface or make it
difficult for the birds to rest comfortably on the exposed building
surfaces. Physical exclusion can be accomplished by installing weather
resistant netting, wire screening, sheet metal, or other materials
in a manner that will restrict access to the roosting sites. A grid
of heavy gauge monofilament line spaced at six-inch intervals may
also be used to create a fence that will interfere with the birds'
normal flight pattern to the roosting area.
One of the most effective, although expensive methods for preventing
roosting pigeons is the use of a commercially available bird barrier
system consisting of a series of metal prongs or porcupine wires
along a metal base that can be attached to a horizontal roosting
surface. The needle-like strips of stainless steel act as a prickling
fence to exclude birds permanently without harm.
Pigeons prefer to roost on level surfaces. Roosting areas can be
modified to create a sloping surface, at a 60 degree incline or
more, by installing wire mesh or other material to eliminate the
level surfaces. There are also a number of non-toxic sticky substances
registered as tactile repellents for bird control efforts. Birds
tend to avoid landing upon treated areas but the effectiveness is
usually lost over time.
Although time-consuming and unpleasant, removing nests will help
depress populations. Nest destruction must be followed by pigeon-proofing
the structure to achieve maximum population control.
There is only one product registered for lethal control of pigeons
in California and can only be used by a certified pest control operator.
The product is generally not appropriate or feasible for most nuisance
situations. We are strongly against this.
Pigeons may be live-trapped on buildings and other likely locations.
Live-traps for pigeons are available. Pre-baiting the traps with
grains that the birds are accustomed to will increase success. A
variety of baits, including cracked corn, millet, popcorn, sunflower
seeds, peas, bread, and peanuts can be used. Water is available
in the trap at all times. Trapping in any given area is usually
will reduce the number of pigeons quickly and humanely, it is labor
intensive, and most of the time a great reduction measure.
Acoustical and visual repellents are other means of reducing pigeon
usage, but pigeons usually become accustomed quickly to these scare
devices. There is very limited success using helium-filled eyespot
balloons, predator (owl) decoys, and reflective mylar tape in roosting
areas. The same limited success is achieved by the use of noisemaking
devices such as tape-recorded bird distress calls, firing of blank
cartridges, and the use of propane-fired cannons in agricultural
areas. Combining a number of techniques and frequent changes in
the duration and location of the repellent may increase success.
A sticky substance applied with a caulk gun where birds roost. Results
are immediate!!! Keep birds off their normal roosting areas with
an application of bird gel a liquid a sure-fire, non-toxic, non-lethal
bird repellent. Harmless to metal structures, sealed masonry and
ornamental metals, Bird-Proof can protect your property from messy
bird deposits for up to a full year or longer with one thorough
Bird-gel works in any weather, indoors or outdoors, literally anywhere:
on water tanks, trees, shrubbery, shipping docks and railroad sidings,
yards, parking lots, etc.
With one application of Bird-gel you'll drive off the birds that
are infesting your premises now and prevent new birds from taking
Dense, Transparent Needle Strips, block pest birds from their "landing
strips" very effective but expensive "keep off" sign you can post.
Birds instinctively fly to "landing strips" such as roof ledges,
windowsills, building projections, signs, statues, trusses and beams.
Now you can keep them from landing on your property permanently!
TOUGH. Long-lasting provides decades of maintenance-free
TRANSPARENT. It does the job without marring the look of
your property. It's xpractically invisible.
DENSE. Top branches protrude from the vertical shafts to
give impenetrable coverage. No need to double up.
FLEXIBLE. Mounts easily on flat, curved or irregular surfaces
- whether wood, metal xor masonry.
ENVIRONMENT SAFE AND NON-LETHAL. Nothing to rust or deteriorate.
Birdslide is the best product out there to remove birds, Swallows and Pigeons from roosting or nesting. It deters birds by making it virtually impossible for the bird from landing on birdslide; birds simply slide off! Birdslide is better than most detterants because of it visual appeal and its effectivness. Especially when dealing with pigeons, we recommend using birdslide or a mixture of different products with birdslide.
Netting is the most efficient and effective method to prevent birds
from entering parking garages, airline hangers, warehouses, loading
docks, attics, eves, courtyards and other exposed enclosures. Netting
is manufactured from knotted polyethylene twine, is flame resistant,
and very strong. When installed, netting is virtually invisible.
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