Pigeons are called “rats with wings” for a reason. They are dirty pests that can frustrate anyone quickly and easily. While pigeons are most often found in busy cities where there is lots of easy food for them to find and eat, they can show up almost anywhere, and are almost never invited. Pigeons are smart and like to breed in the same area year after year, so it is likely the case that your pigeon problem has a long history. Well, it is time to write a new chapter in that history by getting rid of those pigeons for good! Follow these steps below to find out how.
1. Do not feed the pigeons.
Feeding pigeons is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Once you feed them, they will not want to leave you alone, and they are also likely to attract their pigeon friends to the food source as well.
Even if you are not choosing to feed the pigeons directly, you need to make sure you are not giving them food by accident. Don’t leave any scraps lying around that they can snack on. Pigeons will eat almost anything, so be sure to keep your property clean and tidy so that they don’t have the chance to get an easy meal from you.
2. Set up anti-pigeon barriers.
Using strips to prevent roosting is a great way to get rid of pigeons. If they have nowhere to land, they will be forced to land elsewhere! This is a great idea for a roof, railing, or any other area you are having trouble with pigeons.
You can buy these anti-pigeon roosting strips at any hardware store and most garden centers. Use the instructions on the package to find out the best ways to install these properly.
These strips are often fairly spiky, and if you don’t love the idea of a pigeon potentially getting hurt in the process, you can try using a Slinky instead. This classic childhood toy works almost as well as the anti-pigeon strips. Use wire or tape to secure each ring of the Slinky between an inch and an inch and a half apart along whatever surface you are want to get rid of pigeons from.
There are several anti-bird chemicals available that accomplish a similar purpose as well. If you don’t want to see an anti-pigeon barrier, for instance, you can try using a sticky chemical to perform the same function without changing the appearance of your property. These chemicals are sticky, and make it very uncomfortable for birds to land on.
If you don’t like this idea, you could try using spices instead. Sprinkling any hot spice over an area that pigeons land is a good way to keep them away. You might need to reapply the spices after a while, but it can be a great way to get rid of pigeons if you don’t want to use chemicals. Spices irritate birds so that they stay away from areas with spice.
Another similar idea is to use a piece of string to accomplish the same purpose. Stretching a piece of string that hovers over a railing or gutter where pigeons love to land is a great way to keep them away. Pigeons do not have great balance and they will not like having to land on a piece of string.
3. Don’t let them in.
This is a similar suggestion to the anti-pigeon barriers mentioned above. If you are having pigeon problems, make sure you close off any areas where they are getting in so that they can’t give you a hard time.
Spend some time watching the pigeons to see where they are getting in to your home or business. Perhaps you have a small crack or hole that you can easily fill. If pigeons are getting through an open doorway, consider installing some form of curtain, plastic sheeting, or a solid door so that their entry is denied.
If there is no other way of keeping them from getting into an area, then it might be time for some bird netting. In large structures, this is usually the best way to keep pigeons away from any given area. Many hardware stores sell this netting, but you can also find it online if need be. If installed properly, this netting won’t make your property ugly, but it will go a long way to get rid of the pigeons that are on it.
4. Use pigeon birth control.
One of the reasons that pigeons are such a nuisance is that they reproduce so quickly, as many as six times per year. That’s a lot of flying rats to deal with! A good way to control this numbers is by using birth control for pigeons.
Before attempting this method, you should check to see that you are not breaking any laws by doing so. Many animal welfare groups recommend birth control as a great solution for controlling the pigeon population, but everyone does not share this view, of course.
“OvoControl” is a leading pigeon birth control product that you can try using. While there may be some upfront costs to this solution, the long-term effects can be worth the price if the pigeon problem is really getting you down.
5. Scare the pigeons.
Pigeons are fairly bold birds, but they are not heroes. There are several ways that you can scare them away from any given area.
A quick and easy solution you can try is to use some party snaps that you can find at any party store. These snaps create a small bang when they make contact with the ground. You can throw these into a group of pigeons, or you can scatter them on the group and let the pigeons scare themselves away by popping these snaps. This is a great solution for smaller areas.
You can also try using a garden hose to get rid of pigeons. Pigeons don’t like getting sprayed with water and will find another area to hang out if they keep getting soaked.
Like almost any bird, pigeons of course have predators. While you might not have a pet hawk that can hunt these pigeons for you, you can try using a decoy hawk or owl. This solution is not permanent, of course, as it only works for so long before the pigeons get wise to it. Pigeons aren’t the smartest birds alive, but they are not entirely dense.
If you don’t like the sounds of any of those ideas, or if you don’t want to try and bird proof your entire property, consider using sound to keep them away. You can play music, but this might not work, and may even annoy you more than the pigeons. A better way is to use ultrasonic sound that only the pigeons can hear. These sounds don’t bother humans, but they certainly work well for keeping pigeons out of your life.
6. Make some pigeon pie.
If pigeon population control sounds like a good idea to you, consider eating pigeons to get rid of them! Before chickens, pigeon meat (or squab) was the primary meat source in many human diets. That’s why we have these pigeon problems now, as pigeons escaped or were let loose from the farms they were raised on!
Pigeon tastes like Cornish hen, so if you want to make a pigeon pie for your next dinner party, just tell your guests the pie you made is Cornish hen-inspired. How exotic! They will never know the difference.
Of course, be sure to check your local laws to make sure you can make your pigeon pie legally and safely. Some pigeons carry diseases that you might not want to deal with, so be sure that you know what you are getting into.
Pigeons are a nuisance, but with a little work you can get rid of them from your life and your property. Use whichever of the above suggestions you feel is best for your situation and your problem should be solved in no time at all. Some ways to get rid of pigeons are more expensive than others, so choose the option that works best for you. If you can drive pigeons away as humanely as possible, then all the power to you! Good luck to you as you solve your pigeon problem.