Often pigeons will roost in the attics of homes, ledges of buildings, and also under bridges and other structures. Their presence can damage structures and create a large mess from their droppings. 911 Wildlife provides humane pigeon removal services. Call today to schedule a wildlife specialist to conduct a professional inspection.
From a pigeon’s point of view, city living can’t be beat. Food and water are readily available. Predators are few and far between. Plus, there’s plenty of free housing: Window ledges, rooftops, bridges, and warehouses offer space for whole flocks to rest and take shelter in close proximity.
At first glance, it appears to be an ideal arrangement. We provide room and board; in return, the birds add a little warmth and color to our cold concrete canyons. So what’s the problem?
In a word: droppings.
Not only is pigeon poop unsightly, it can damage buildings, monuments, and automobiles. If allowed to accumulate, human health problems may arise.
Luckily, a little patience and understanding go a long way toward resolving conflicts between people and pigeons. Removing the birds in question may seem like an obvious answer. The truth is, the results are short-lived simply because it creates a vacancy that other animals quickly fill. Humane conflict prevention and resolution is less expensive and more effective over the long-term.
Deter pigeons from roosting on railing and pipes by installing a single strand wire barrier 1½ to 2 inches above the center of the surface so that birds will be off balance when they attempt to perch. Other devices that work include wire coils, spikes (usually described as “porcupine wire”) and electrified wires. Pigeons can be discouraged from roosting on flat surfaces such as ledges and light fixtures by using boards or sheet metal to create a 45° or greater slope.
Netting can be used to exclude birds from virtually any type of structure, from a house to an office building. To evict birds from window ledges, the netting is anchored to the roof, draped across the front of the structure and then tightly secured to the base and sides of the building. Netting can be used under bridges or inside buildings where pigeons perch on beams, girders, struts, and supports.
Door curtains can also be used to prevent bird access into buildings, such as warehouses, that must be somewhat open to daily traffic. The netting is installed in overlapping strips so as to form a protective curtain that parts to allow the passage of personnel and vehicles, then falls back into place to seal out pigeons. Large-scale applications of netting almost always require the expertise of professionals
Sticky substances (polybutenes) are sold to discourage pigeons and other birds from landing on treated surfaces, but we do not recommend these because they can adhere to and foul the feathers of any bird who comes into contact with them, and may be harmful to smaller species.
Sound has been used effectively to scare away some types of birds, but pigeons, more than others, seem to learn to ignore loud noises quickly. Municipal noise ordinances must also be considered when using firearms or pyrotechnics.
Scarecrows of one kind or another are often used to control birds. Models of owls, hawks, snakes, and cats are available from many suppliers, and vary highly in effectiveness, depending on how realistic they are and how often they are moved. Mylar tape streamers can be effective when used near roost sites.
A Word About Pigeon Feeding
Frequently, large numbers of pigeons are supported by well-intentioned individuals who regularly feed them bread, table scraps, or birdseed. From a modest beginning, the individual feeder encourages more and more birds to appear or stay in the area, thus requiring more feeding and further enhancing bird numbers. Eventually, the situation gets out of control, to the detriment of all concerned.
One of the keys to controlling pigeon populations around urban neighborhoods is to limit the amount of feeding by humans. In excessive feeding situations, the humane action is to gradually reduce feed—over a period of several weeks—to a reasonable baseline amount. Feed only as much as the birds will consume in five to ten minutes, and don’t feed with the clockwork regularity that conditions the birds to appear at the same place, same time, every day—and attract more and more of their compatriots over time.