You want to sit on your patio to enjoy an evening with friends but you can’t because of the pigeons in your yard.
This is a real problem for Phoenix homeowners that can be solved with DIY solutions and the help of Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination.
Here are tips for keeping pigeons and nuisance birds out of your yard:
Keep it clean. Along the same lines as not feeding birds is keeping the yard, parking lot, or outside office area free of trash. Even the smallest sample can attract unwanted pigeons and other bird pests.
Don’t feed the birds. This might sound obvious but it’s worth mentioning. Keeping nuisance birds out of your yard can be as simple as not feeding any birds.
If you’ve set up a small feeder or fountain, you need to know the bird you want in your yard isn’t the only visitor you’re likely to have. The best bird deterrent is to not have a feeder and avoid leaving food (bread, seeds, etc.) outside.
Birds tend to feast on insects, including termites and worms, fruits and berries, and nectar from flowering plants. Larger birds like vultures are carnivorous but you don’t have much to worry about here in the metro Phoenix area.
Because most birds love to eat insects, it’s important to keep your yard as free of these pests as possible, which is definitely improved by regular pest control service.
Protect your garden with bird netting. Safe to use for you and your bird pests, netting prevents nesting and protects your blooms from being eaten by your unwanted guests.
Become inhospitable. Close small spaces in your home or office building where pigeons and other bird pests can enter.
Watch for signs of home building. Regularly inspect the outside of your home or office building for signs of birds like nests in the trees or shrubs, around the chimney and A/C unit, attic spaces, and openings near the roof, the most common entryways.
Keep your ears open. Listen for noises in attic spaces.
Installation of bird abatement devices like these can deter pigeon nesting
- Spike strips
- Flash tape
- Reflective banners whose noise and appearance deter birds from landing
- Sonic devices that emit sounds that birds don’t like
- Motion sensitive scarecrows that act like sprinklers to douse visiting birds with water.
We definitely do not recommend addressing the problem alone. If birds have already nested, be careful, as they may be aggressive and territorial. And while there are commercially available solutions, they can provide inconsistent results, ultimately costing you time and money.