WITH their incessant loud cooing and expert ability to ruin clean car windows, pigeons are considered by many to be quite a nuisance.
But while they can be a real nuisance, they’re also pretty harmless – so how do you scare them off without hurting them?
Here Jordan Foster, Pest Control Expert at Fantastic Pest Control, shares his top tips, saying: “During the breeding season, pigeon calls can be extremely loud.
“No matter where pigeons nest, on a roof, windowsill, balcony, solar panel or anywhere else, there are many methods to deter them.
“From pigeon gels to sting strips to ultrasonic devices, I recommend several ways to keep pigeons away without hurting them.”
If you have any old CDs lying around this will do the trick for you as it won’t cost you a penny.
Jordan says, “You can use reflective surfaces to keep birds out of your yard.
“We’ve all seen this in the form of CDs and other shiny objects reflecting sunlight.
“Pigeons’ vision can be temporarily affected by reflective surfaces, causing them to stay away from your patio or balcony.”
You can buy a pack of ten blank CDs for around £2.50 – 25p each.
If you want to try a technique that also looks pretty, try a wind chime.
Jordan says, “You can deter pigeons from nesting on your patio or balcony by installing a rooftop wind chime.
“There are usually reflective items on top of these bells that prevent pigeons from landing.
“One downside is that birds eventually get used to it.
“Choose strategic locations such as window sills and ledges to deter pigeons from nesting there.”
They may look aggressive, but anti-bird spikes are designed to deter them, not harm.
Jordan says, “A horizontal installation of stainless steel or plastic anti-bird spikes can prevent birds from landing comfortably.
“Plus, they’re not harmful to pigeons – they’re just an easy way to discourage birds from nesting.
“Pigeons are easily defeated with this method and although the spikes look dangerous, it is completely harmless.
“In other words, once the spikes are positioned correctly, the birds don’t have enough space to build a nest.”
Bird repellent gels
As it sounds, bird repellent gel is a sticky, transparent substance.
Jordan says: “The product is typically applied to ledges or areas where pigeons are not welcome.
“Gels often contain active ingredients such as essential oils that are objectionable to pigeons.
“Nevertheless, they are a short-term solution as the gel dries quickly or becomes covered in dust or dirt, rendering it ineffective and requiring re-application.”
Ultrasonic bird deterrent
The ultrasound machine is another harmless solution.
Jordan says: “Using sound waves, the technology remotely identifies and drives away birds.
“The device has several modes that can be adjusted according to the season.
“Ultrasonic systems are perfect for areas where noisy methods are not an option as they can be installed anywhere without disturbing your neighbors.
“Birds stay away from the area as long as the devices are working.
“Solar energy makes it possible to run this solution continuously.”
Nets can also be used but must be carefully positioned and thought out as the last thing you want is for birds and wildlife to be trapped or entangled.
Jordan says, “Bird netting is a great option, especially for balconies and hard-to-reach places.
“A bird netting system effectively prevents birds from nesting on high roofs.
“Bird nets are strong and effective against seagulls and other larger birds.
“In addition, the synthetic lines can withstand harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow and heat.”
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