We recently had a customer who had a pigeon get into his house through his chimney. The “sky rat” was attracted to the heat in the house that escapes through an open flue. While this person was able to get the pigeon out, birds have continued to be a nuisance on his property. Make your home unwelcoming for pigeons by following these tips.
- Trim Palm Trees
Palm trees grow quickly, and are much more appealing when you trim them. But did you know that untrimmed palm trees also are pretty attractive to pests and pigeons alike? Pigeons use them as nesting grounds, which means you’ll find more pigeons on your property shortly.
January is the best time to trim palm trees, before pigeons start nesting. You only need to have your palm trees trimmed once a year. Be sure your landscaper doesn’t trim them too much, but schedule this job in January or February at the latest.
- Close in Eaves
The eaves on your roof offer an excellent nesting area for pigeons. But these nest locations create problems such as water buildup and degradation of the roof and eaves.
Add a bit of wood or metal to close in the eaves and make it nearly impossible for nests. This is another way to make your home unwelcome for pigeons.
- Add Pigeon Spikes
Pigeon spikes are designed to keep birds of all kinds from landing on your porch, roof, or balcony. While the spikes won’t hurt any pigeons, they deter them from landing. They’re also quite small and don’t detract from the look of the home.
- Use Surface Repellants
Did you know that pigeons have sensitive feet? As such, they aren’t fond of landing on uncomfortable perches. Pigeon surface repellants are sticky and a place pigeons don’t want to be.
Your unwelcome guests will land, be deterred, and go let their friends know your home is a no-go. You will have to reapply surface repellants every so often.
- Try Pigeon Scare Balloons
As with most prey, pigeons seek to avoid predators. Although we know they don’t have any predators in the city, they may not realize that. Pigeon scare balloons normally have a reflective surface, are brightly colored, and have predator eyes painted onto them.
You can easily hang balloons from roofs, balconies, patios, and even trees. Farmers across the world have been using balloons to scare away pigeons effectively for years.
Did You Make Your Home Unwelcome to Pigeons?
If you’ve implemented any or all of the pigeon deterrents suggested here, then you may still want to be sure your home is unwelcome to pigeons. Take a walk around and look for places birds can perch, nest, or enter into your attic.
Birds, especially pigeons, love to live inside attics because they are quiet and safe places for nests. Search for holes under your roof and cover them with either a board, screen, or chicken wire.
Remember: Pigeons Can Be a Health Concern
While pigeons are just all-around annoying, they can also cause health problems. Pigeons carry and spread cryptococcosis and histoplasmosis. These are fungal infections that develop after coming in contact with pigeon droppings.
Another concern is psittacosis, a bacterial infection. Pigeons are also host parasites and mites that can spread into your yard and infect your pets.
Rid Your Home of Pigeons
If you’ve done what you can to make your home unwelcoming for pigeons and still see them around, it may be time to bring in backup.