How to scare away pigeons

Written by jill leviticus
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Pigeons are the bane of many city dwellers' lives. They leave their dropping on balconies and porches and can even transmit fleas to your pets. It is possible to scare away pigeons humanely and even cheaply, if you know what kinds of things strike terror into the heart of a pigeon. Here's how to scare away pigeons.

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Things you need

  • Plastic owl
  • Rubber snake
  • Flash tape
  • Old CDs
  • String
  • Bird netting
  • Duct tape
  • Bird gel
  • Caulking gun
  • Bird spikes
  • Chicken wire
  • Ultrasonic device

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    Don't just ignore your pigeon problem. Those baby pigeons nesting on your balcony may be cute, and maybe you’d hate to evict them from their home, but invariably pigeons mean pigeon droppings, which can compromise your health. The elderly, the young and people with compromised immune systems can contract fungal and bacterial diseases, such as histoplasmosis, from pigeon droppings. While only a small number of people are infected yearly, it is a concern if you have a young child or elderly person living with you.

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    Place plastic owls and rubber snakes strategically around your balcony or porch. This may scare the pigeons. You will need to continually move the owls and snakes, or the pigeons will learn that they are harmless and ignore them.

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    Attach shiny streamers, known as Flash Tape, to the roof of your balcony or porch so that they move freely in the wind. A budget alternative to buying Flash Tape is placing old CDs on a string and hanging them from the roof.

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    Install bird netting, found at home-improvement stores, over the area where the pigeons are nesting. Secure the netting with duct tape or build a frame for it.

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    Attach bird spikes to balcony and porch railings or any flat surface. The protruding prongs discourage birds from landing. If you don’t want to buy bird spikes, you can make your own low-cost version. Buy a roll of chicken wire and cut it into several long strips. Attach the cut pieces to railings or other areas with the cut area facing up.

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    Apply bird gel to flat surfaces where your pigeons are likely to land. This sticky substance can discourage pigeons from landing. Bird gel is sold in cartridge form. It is applied using a caulking gun.

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    Try an ultrasonic device. They are a little pricey, but if nothing else works, one of these devices may be able to repel birds from your property. Ultrasonic devices use sound waves to repel pigeons from enclosed or semi-enclosed areas.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also scare pigeons by inflating several balloons and painting large eyes on them. Pigeons will see the eyes and think that there is a large predator on your balcony or porch.

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