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Few things are more annoying than walking down the street only for a pigeon to poop on you from overhead. Even worse, that poop can cover your car or property in a nasty, slimy goo. Pigeons can also end up hoarding birdseed from more desired species and are generally considered an urban and rural pest.
But fear not, we’re here to tell you how to get rid of pigeons and keep these critters away from your home.
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Table of Contents
- Getting to Know Pigeons
- How to Get Rid of Pigeons
- How to Keep Pigeons Away
- Pigeons nesting on the balcony
- How to keep pigeons from nesting in the future
- No Solution is Absolute
- Cleaning Up the Pigeons’ Mess
- Video Guide
- Points to Consider
- How to Keep Pigeons Away from My Balcony
- What Are Pigeons
- Reputation of Pigeons
- Why Are Pigeons Bad?
- How to Keep Pigeons Away From My Balcony
- How to Prevent Pigeons from Nesting on Your Balcony
- Avoid Moving the Nest
- Purchase Anti-Roosting Spikes
- Clean Up the Area
- Install Water Jets
- Spend Lots of Time Out There
- Call in a Pro
Getting to Know Pigeons
While they’ve always had something of a bad reputation, pigeons have a more noble place in our history than you might expect. However, a growing lack of natural predators has made these birds a nuisance in cities around the world, despite a few species facing (or reaching) extinction due to human expansion.
What Does a Pigeon Look Like?
Pigeons consist of the 310-species Columbidae family. These birds are technically doves, with the rock dove and turtledove being the two most notable species. What exactly separates a pigeon from a dove is almost entirely aesthetic, with scientists usually going by size (doves being smaller), while secular and religious circles consider any dove that’s not entirely white to be a pigeon.
Regardless of which description you choose, all pigeons are edible (in Pittsburgh, PA, they’re even sometimes referred to as “Pittsburgh Chicken”) and have been used as a food animal for centuries. They’re also easy to domesticate, having been the first known bird to be made into pets.
What do Pigeons Eat?
City-based pigeons have become scavengers, giving up their normal diet for any scraps they can find, but generally prefer fruit and seeds. Many species have adapted to eat worms and insects, with at least one species preferring them.
Depending on the species, pigeons either prefer the ground or trees. However, one thing they all have in common is a habit of building rather flimsy nests out of twigs in which they’ll lay one to two eggs at a time.
These nests are generally kept in the same location the species prefers to roam, with species such as the rock dove choosing high ledges and rooftops when in an urban setting due to the shortage of trees.
On the whole, pigeons can be found in almost every part of the world, save for the most extremely hot or cold regions. Some species tend to be confined to small areas, while others have spread out alongside humans. The single most prevalent species is the rock dove, which can be found throughout the world in large numbers.
The Pigeon Dilemma
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Pigeons are extremely resourceful and surprisingly intelligent. As a result, they’ve learned to cope with human expansion and adapt to urban settings easily. Unfortunately, this means they can become quite the nuisance.
Healthy pigeon poop has no smell, but urban pigeons are scavengers and often victim to disease and birth defects. Their poop can get very runny and contain high acidity, wreaking havok on your clean car, windows, walls, and sidewalks. The acidity can even degrade stone, concrete, and other materials over time.
Due to the lack of natural predators, pigeons tend to quickly overpopulate urban and rural areas. They’ll congregate wherever food is available, making it more difficult to attract songbirds. They can be noisy, messy, and go after that pie you just sat out to cool. In other words, pigeons, like relatives, are often best loved at a distance.
How to Get Rid of Pigeons
Getting rid of pigeons is a lot easier than it might first seem, although it can take a bit of time to get rid of larger infestations. Here are just a few of the ways to get pigeons off of your property.
A pigeon trap works the same way as other humane critter traps. Simply set it up, add some attractive food (fruits, vegetables, and cracked corn are some tasty options) for bait, and then wait.
Many of these traps, such as the Tomahawk Pigeon Trap, have entrances on opposite sides, allowing you to catch a pigeon per door before having to empty the trap. Just make sure to transport the pigeons a few miles away before releasing, as they’re pretty good at finding their way back.
Another popular trap is a trigger type trap which catches them in a net. It’s a little harder to set up but you can get the same results at a fraction of the cost.
Pigeons on the Balcony
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You can use a slinky or insulation wire on the railing to help keep pigeons from perching there. Simply spread the wire so each loop is about 1.5 inches apart. You can then use duct tape to attach it to the railing at 2/3 inch intervals.
While a simple tactic, pigeons find it quite uncomfortable to land on. Ensure there’s no attractive food source present, and you’ll easily be able to keep pigeons off the balcony.
Pigeons on the Roof
It’s actually not difficult to keep a pigeon from roosting on your roof. The most popular answer is to use anti-roosting spike strips, which can be purchased at many hardware or garden shops. These spikes aren’t sharp, but they make it difficult for the pigeon to land.
The Truth About Popular Kill Methods
You might hear people suggesting easy ways to kill pigeons, but these methods are not only cruel in intent, they can sometimes affect other species you may not want to kill. Here are three of the most popular suggestions for killing pigeons and why you shouldn’t use them:
- Alka-Seltzer – Despite their old motto, Alka Seltzer will not rescue you from pigeons. This myth was based on the idea that birds can’t pass gas and therefore the antacid would expand until the bird explodes. In reality, however, they can simply regurgitate the foamy mess using the same techniques they use for feeding their young.
- Poison – Poison is a big no-no. Even if you’re trying to feed the target pigeon by hand, it’s an easy matter for a sparrow or other bird to swoop in and snatch the poisoned food. Even worse, leaving poison out for the pigeon exposes every nearby critter to the risk of ingestion and sickness or death.
- Rice – This is a very popular old wives’ tale. Rice won’t kill a bird and is actually part of many species’ diets. Despite what popular takes claim, uncooked rice takes a long time to soak up liquids. By the time it could potentially become a threat to the bird, they’ll have either digested or passed the grains. Use this method only if you really like having pigeons around.
How to Keep Pigeons Away
Simply getting rid of pigeons isn’t enough, as they have a habit of returning no matter how many times you kick them out. Using visual deterrents and chemical or herbal repellents will help keep these pesky critters from turning your home into a gathering spot.
It can also help to make your property as uninviting as possible by removing those things which can attract pigeons in the first place.
As bold as pigeons are around humans, they can easily be scared away at the sight of potential predators. Try placing a ceramic owl or fake snake in places they’re prone to congregate. As with other pests, it’s a good idea to shift these decoys around occasionally so the birds don’t suspect they’re just decor.
A kite with a hawk shape can also be used to scare pigeons away, as they resemble a predator in flight. Foil balloons and other reflective objects can make life difficult for pigeons and other birds, as they have trouble seeing when near these surfaces.
Further options can also work against other critters, such as installing a motion-sensitive water sprinkler. These are great because it means it waters your lawn or garden at the same time it scares away pests. Sonic deterrents do a great job, but can irritate any four-legged family members, so they’re not for everyone.
See Also: How to Keep Geese Away
Many predator sprays and crystals will work on pigeons, if the species is a potential bird hunter. These products are either concentrated urine or chemical replications of urine. Pigeons and other pests will get a whiff and believe a hunter is on the loose. However, these products don’t always work and can wash out when it rains.
A homemade pigeon repellent with a great track record can be quite easy to make and works well against a variety of other pests.
Begin by mincing two dozen chili peppers and add them to a half gallon of water. Shake well and place in direct sunlight to ferment for five days. Finally, add 1/4 cup of vinegar to the mix and shake again, then spray your plants or surfaces with it.
The capsicum will irritate a pigeon’s (or other critter’s) feet and discourage them from returning to that spot. Spray every few days to keep the effect going.
There’s a really nice option on the market for repelling pigeons and other birds hoping to perch on your railings. This bird repellent gel can be applied to surfaces, making them either slippery, sticky or tacky. The gel paste won’t harm the bird, but stepping on the texture will drive a bird nuts (have you ever seen a cat step in something sticky?), making them reluctant to land on that spot again.
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By far, one of the best ways to keep a pigeon away is to make him less interested in being there to begin with. Get rid of any standing water, which can be a means for both drinking and bathing. You will also want to make sure all trash is covered and inaccessible to avoid any free snacks.
Bird feeders will always prove an issue, although you can purchase designs with small entrances which are only big enough for songbirds to enter. Your garden can also be a problem as there’s no way to hide crops from prying eyes, but you can add netting to prevent pigeons from getting at your tomatoes.
Pigeons nesting on the balcony
How to keep pigeons from nesting in the future
There are a few different things you can try to make your balcony less attractive to pigeons looking for a place to nest. Remember to wait until AFTER the babies have grown up and flown away before implementing any of these measures. You don’t want to separate the babies from their parents – they will die without their mom and dad.
Keep things tidy
Keeping things tidy and uncluttered is the first step. Pigeons like to choose a sheltered nest spot, so they like furniture and storage items to hide behind. Going out every day and sweeping off any new nesting material is the best thing you can do to prevent pigeon nests. Even just your presence out on the balcony will be enough to discourage many pigeons from nesting. We usually find that nests are made when no one is using the balcony, either early in the season or when the occupants have been out of town for a while.
Keep pigeons from perching
Adult pigeons like to perch on the railing of their nest-site balcony, so they can look around and spot any nearby predators. If you make it impossible to perch on the railing, they’ll usually find somewhere else to go.
We recommend a single length of wire or heavy gauge fishing line. Secure the line tautly about 2-3 inches above and parallel to the balcony railing. Tying it to nails or screws at either end can work. Pigeons aren’t technically perching birds, so it’s hard for them to stand on a piece of wire so thin. They won’t want to build their nest on a balcony where they can’t look out for predators.
Commercial flexible pigeon coils and wires can also work, but will be more expensive to install. We never recommend the use of sticky deterrents, because they can harm both pigeons and other species of birds.
Scare the pigeons away from the balcony
The best thing to scare pigeons away from a balcony is frequent human presence. We usually find that nests are made when no one is using the balcony, either early in the season or when the occupants have been out of town for a while.
You can also use visual deterrents to keep pigeons away from your balcony. Strips of shiny wrapping paper blowing in the breeze, old CDs hanging from string, and colourful spinning pinwheels are some cheap and easy options. Any visual deterrent will be more effective if you move it around or change it up regularly.
And no, those plastic owls don’t really work. At least not for pigeons.
Be careful with pigeon netting
Completely netting in a balcony or ledge can be a very effective way of keeping pigeons from nesting or roosting in that spot. However, pigeon netting MUST be professionally installed and regularly maintained! When pigeon netting gets loose and floppy, it becomes a danger to pigeons, hawks, sparrows, and any other birds that might fly into it and get tangled up.
It is also important to wait until any active nests are finished and all babies have flown away before installing pigeon netting. If the babies are separated from their parents, they will die.
If your store or warehouse is in a city, and has been around a while, employing no successful way of deterring pigeons, you may have your work cut out for you. Aggressively rerouting the birds is time-consuming and may try your patience. However, with dedication and diligence, rehoming these birds can be accomplished. Employ a variety of all of these methods.
No Solution is Absolute
Short of lethally harming or exterminating pigeons, there is no sure-fire way to get rid of them. Remember, these birds have likely homed somewhere nearby for many years. They exist on just about anything for sustenance and they are year-round breeders.
Your best bet is to employ these methods of discouraging pigeons from roosting near your home or business. Dissuading these city pests is your only sure way of preventing the damage they unleash on you and your property.
Cleaning Up the Pigeons’ Mess
If pigeons have trashed your porch, patio or balcony, you can’t simply hose-away the mess. Because of the bacteria and fungi inherent in pigeon excrement, you’ll need to thoroughly remove their droppings and nests, using a proper method.
- First, wearing a mask and gloves, remove the initial debris and throw the nests away. (This is not something your child should take to school for “show-and-tell”!).
- Then sweep off any surface where pigeon debris has gathered.
- Use a strong antibacterial cleaner, or, where appropriate, chlorine bleach (with great care) to scrub the area.
- If permitted, use a hose to remove the cleaner.
- Make sure the area is free from any caustic properties, such as in the use of chlorine bleach.
If your building or apartment community doesn’t allow the use of a hose on your balcony, inquire with management on how to remove pigeon debris. There are many professional cleaning services who perform this task regularly.
Points to Consider
Lastly, remember there are over 300 different members of the pigeon family. From desert doves, to rock doves to mourning doves, to the more common city version, the rock pigeon, these birds have laid claim to the area around your home for centuries. Their instincts and long memories have them returning to their home again and again. Changing their pattern won’t happen overnight, but your resilience will eventually pay off.
Now tell us how do you get rid of pigeons? Do you have other means you employ?
Why should I get rid of pigeons?
Besides the fact that they are prolific breeders that make a huge mess, they carry parasites and diseases that endanger people (children being particularly vulnerable).
Is it legal to shoot pigeons off my property?
It is illegal in all states to shoot a wild or nesting bird. You may not use a pellet gun or any other weapons, no matter how seemingly benign.
How do I remove pigeons from my property?
Some of the most common methods include
1. Fasten a wind-chime, aluminum foil pan, a Mylar-type balloon, or regular balloons.
2. Use a decoy owl or hawk, or shiny rubber snakes to scare away the pigeons.
3. Use anti-roosting spikes.
4. Use commercial gel repellent.
5. Attach a child’s coiled “slinky” toy along your balcony railing.
6. Use a weather-proof string to create a barrier for your balcony.
7. Fix mesh screen along the inside of your railing to prevent entry onto your porch or balcony.
8. Use motion-activated sprinklers for your front lawn/yard to scare the pigeons away.
9. Use ultrasonic devices.
10. Try homemade organic deterrents for your home and garden.
What home remedies help get rid of pigeons?
Homemade repellents include mixtures and sprays based on chili powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, and vinegar.
What does scare pigeons away?
1. Ultrasonic bird repellents.
2. Automatic water jets for bird discouragement.
3. Fake predators.
4. Bird-repellent gel.
5. Pungent smelling home remedies.
Pigeons could be entertaining and fun to watch, but their waste and droppings could spread diseases to your family and pets and cause serious damage to your properties, especially exterior areas like a balcony. Fortunately, you could prevent this issue easily through some population control methods and deterrents. Read on to find out some simple, yet effective tips on how to keep pigeons away from my balcony.
How to Keep Pigeons Away from My Balcony
Asking yourself, “How to keep pigeons away from my balcony?” Use reflective or shiny materials, put animal decoys to scare them away, set up wind chimes and more.
Reflective light would create a visual deterrent for pigeons and other types of birds because the sun irritates their eyes. Cut out some strips of foil and hang them around the balcony. Punch holes in disposable pans or plates and perform the same thing. Also, consider hanging reflective tape, mirrors or shiny CDs to prevent pigeons from flying around or roosting. Make sure to leave enough space for those items to spin and move around, which would scare these birds more effectively.
Pigeons will never go where they might be trouble. Thus, it can be wise to keep a fake animal on the balcony to scare these birds away. You can purchase a number of plastic, cheap animal decoys in many stores. Make sure to go for natural predators of pigeons, such as coyotes, swans, owls, or snakes. A model with a bobbing head can be more effective as it looks real by moving when having a wind. Move the fake animal to different places once in several days to keep the pigeons from noticing.
Another effective way to deter the pigeons is to set up wind chimes on your balcony. In addition to producing noises, metal chimes can also reflect light. It is best to hang the set around the corner of the area for the best results. If you have a large balcony, then set up multiple chimes apart from each other.
Birds like pigeons do not like walking on a ground with baking soda. Thus, you can sprinkle this simple-to-find ingredients around the balcony to keep them from perching. Just apply a thin layer and replace it quickly after it gets wet or rains.
Purchase a CD with bird distress sounds and play it around the balcony. You might need to turn up the volume so that it can reach up to the highest trees around your home. Even though it might be a hassle, this can be a very effective, yet harmless method of preventing pigeons from getting onto your balcony.
Sheepdogs, border collies, and other dog breeds love chasing birds. Thus, consider hiring or borrowing a trained dog to patrol your balcony. Ideally, you should walk it early in the morning and evening when pigeons are most active. Make sure to use a secure leash and harness to keep the dog from doing harm to any birds.
The Bottom Line
While some pigeons are beautiful to enjoy and look at, many of them would be downright destructive and pesky. So, are you asking yourself, “How to keep pigeons away from my balcony?” With these simple tips, you can scare these birds away without harming them. Make sure to combine these methods regularly since birds can be relatively smart and identify your tricks. If the pigeon problem gets out of hand, the experts at Pigeons Solutions have the answers and services that you’re looking for and will effectively rid of pigeons on your balcony.
Pigeons. Just that one word can summon many different images that might come to mind. You might think of the iconic image of an elder man or woman sitting at a park bench, throwing crumbs out to a flock of patient pigeons. You might even think of how pigeons were used as messengers back in the old days of yore. Pigeons are still used in movies today, in fact the John Wick series sees pigeons taking a role as a traditional messenger bird. Some even keep pigeons for sport – to race them, that is. These birds are known to everybody and are definitely a part of life. But even if pigeons are everywhere, you may not necessarily want them on your property. I know I don’t. In fact, sometimes I find myself wondering how to keep pigeons away from my balcony. Don’t you wonder how, too?
Yes, these pigeons come around everywhere. They fly around practically everywhere I go! And, yep. They show up on my balcony too. Now, normally I wouldn’t even mind this at all. Why should I care if there are pigeons on my balcony? As long as they aren’t harming anything, then I shouldn’t really care, right?
Well… today I want to talk about pigeons and everything there is to know about them. We’ll talk about what kind of birds they are, what kind of food they eat, where you normally find them, and why they have such a bad reputation sometimes. So buckle up, because it’s going to be a long ride!
What Are Pigeons
By now I think that all of us know what pigeons are. Essentially, they’re birds – and they are commonly seen just about anywhere and everywhere. Pigeons have been around for thousands upon thousands of years. As a matter of fact, I found it quite interesting that archeologists found images of pigeons that date back all the way to 3000BC. That’s such a long time ago!
Pigeon is a word that was derived from ‘pipio’, a Latin word that means young, cheeping bird. Pigeon is not the only name by which this bird goes by, however. I found it surprising that there are actually so many different names for them, actually! Pigeons are also known as blue rock pigeons, doves, rock doves, rock pigeons, feral pigeons, and wild rock pigeons.
This species comes from the order of birds called the Columbiformes, and according to my research, there are over three hundred and fifty different varieties of pigeon recorded. Pigeons can be found everywhere, and it’s really not uncommon to find these birds in areas where humans live.
Pigeons are monogamous (isn’t it cute?) and basically have one mate for the rest of their lifetimes. They typically breed year-round, but they do have some peak periods for breeding during summer and spring. It’s not unusual to find these birds nesting on or even in buildings. You may even find these pigeons building flimsy nests on accessible balconies or ledges. While the thought of a small pigeon family on my property is cute, I still want to know how to keep pigeons away from my balcony. What can I say, the reputation of these birds precedes them!
Reputation of Pigeons
Speaking of the reputation of pigeons… to be honest with you, I haven’t really heard a lot of good things about them lately. Sure, they were useful back in the day, but it really feels as though these days, these birds have overstayed their welcome. It’s safe to say that pigeons have probably outlived their usefulness – there are probably only very few people in the world still using these birds as messenger services.
These days, pigeons are known for taking over property – all sorts of it! You can find these birds everywhere. And I do mean everywhere! From out on the streets of cities, all the way to the suburbs, and even out in the more remote areas, pigeons are simply everywhere. Another thing is that these birds, well… they breed. A lot. They’re very well known to be prolific at breeding, so if you start seeing a few around you area, chances are there are a lot more around than you know. And, well, there will probably be a lot more coming too.
I’ll be honest here when I say that I’ve heard a lot of people stating that they hate pigeons. And I do mean HATE them – can’t stand them at all, don’t want them around, want to wish them out of existence hate. But why exactly do people hate pigeons so badly? Well, let’s take a look, shall we?
Why Are Pigeons Bad?
Pigeons are frequently seen as pests. Yep – as pests. These pesky birds are quite pervasive, so much so that a lot of people consider them vermin. Pigeons are quite annoying to deal with – I mean, if they weren’t then why would I be looking for ways on how to keep pigeons away from my balcony? There are many different ways in which pigeons are ‘bad’, so let’s take a look at some of them.
Pigeons Can Be Dirty
Because pigeons are everywhere and make everywhere their home, they can honestly be pretty dirty. They can carry a lot of different parasites and diseases that they can then pass on to animals and yes, even humans. And, of course, if you have an infestation of these foul fowls (see what I did there?), chances are you are already dealing with the tons and tons of droppings that they leave behind.
You’ll find droppings all over the place. On your balcony, on your patio, on your car, on your windowsill, like I said – everywhere! And, if you get unlucky, a passing bird can do their business on you too, ruining your hair or your clothes. Gross.
Oh, and about those diseases that these birds can carry around? Ornithosis, salmonellosis, and tuberculosis are just some of them. But just those three are totally enough for me to want to know how to keep pigeons away from my balcony!
Pigeons Can Damage Your Property
Pigeon waste is definitely disgusting. Their droppings can attract other vermin too, so if you have plenty of dung around your property you can expect flies, roaches, mice, and rats to start coming too. These droppings are also very acidic, and because of this you will likely find that it leaves stains. In some cases, it can eat away at the surface beneath, too. Pigeon feces is so caustic that it can cause damage to roofing, and in some severe cases you might end up needing a full roof replacement sooner than you normally would!
Pigeon nests are also known to cause problems with gutters and even eave troughs, further causing damage to roofing.
Pigeons Are Bad for People With Asthma
Yep… if you have asthma, prepare to get more frequent attacks. These birds usually have all types of things in their feathers – dander and dust for example, that can get released in the air every time they fly off. Every time pigeons flap their wings, you get all that dander and dust into the air. And if they hang out a lot on your balcony, well, you can expect that all of that stuff gets inside your house – unless you permanently close all your windows and doors (but that’s just not feasible).
Pigeons Can Give You Other Issues, Too
If aggravating your asthma and giving you some sort of serious disease wasn’t enough, you can even get skin issues from these birds, too. You might end up with some sort of rash or even scabs because of these fowl. Because of this, you should do your best to never touch these birds. If you have kids, you better make sure that they stay away, too! Pigeons may look innocent, but they can cause all sorts of problems you simply don’t want.
Pigeons Suffer Too
As bad as it is for us to be around these birds, the fact is that pigeons suffer from all of this too. The fact that pigeons are all over the place, and the fact that they breed very prolifically, means that they often suffer from issues of overcrowding. These birds end up becoming more aggressive and pesky too, because of the competition for food. So really, it’s important to keep these birds away. Trust me, I’m here to find out how to keep pigeons away from my balcony. But I won’t just start shooting at them – it’s illegal to shoot a wild bird or a nesting bird, even with a pellet gun or an airsoft gun.
How to Keep Pigeons Away From My Balcony
Yep, we’ve finally made it to the most important part of this whole article – how to keep pigeons away! I won’t bother to dilly-dally… let’s get right to it!
Tip 1: Put Something Shiny Up
These fowl aren’t fans of shiny things. So if you want to deter them from coming to your property, you can put up shiny things to scare them away. Mylar balloons work well for this purpose, but you may have to replace them often. You can put up shiny wind chimes to help deter them, and these might work better as you don’t need to replace the chimes at all. However, if you feel as though you’ll get annoyed by the chimes, one more option is to put up an aluminum foil pan – it’s shiny and reflective enough. Just poke a hole through, then tie it to your balcony railing. Oh, it’s also a possible to use decoy hawks and owls, or even shiny (rubber) snakes.
Tip 2: Bird Spikes
No… not spikes to kill the birds. I mean anti-roosting spikes. Basically, these are spikes that you can find in most hardware centers or home/garden stores. They’re basically lines of spikes that can be attached to anywhere you want the birds to stay off. These spikes prevent pigeons (and any other birds sadly) from perching on your balcony railings. Unfortunately they don’t quite come that cheaply, but the good thing is that they are quite effective and will last you many years to come.
Tip 3: Repellent Gel
If you’re renting, you may not be able to use things like bird spikes. If that’s the case, you can use temporary solutions like commercial repellent gels. These gels basically coat whatever solid surface you want, giving it a tacky or slippery layer to make it impossible for pigeons to perch. However, because this gel does start wearing off after exposure to the elements, you’ll have to be reapplying it every so often.
Do you still have those slinky toys you used to play with? If you remember the toys that I’m talking about, then you can use it to help make your balcony railing less inviting to fowl. By attaching the slinky along the top, you make it difficult for the birds to perch and find a comfortable spot. Eventually they will realize that your place isn’t very nice for them!
Tip 5: Make a Barrier
Of course, this is only an option if you don’t mind putting up mesh screens and the like. This is a great way to keep the birds out, but you will have to clean the mesh screens every now and then to make sure the dust and any droppings get cleaned off. This is not a very practical solution for everyone though.
Pigeons can be pests, but they still are animals too. Try to be humane in the methods you employ to deter them from hanging out on your property. Of course, if the infestation is just too much, you can also simply call an exterminator for advice. I hope that I’ve put together a really good and informative guide that will help you with keeping these feathery fowl out of your balconies. Finally, don’t forget to always clean up any droppings they leave behind – so you can avoid disease and more vermin!
How to Prevent Pigeons from Nesting on Your Balcony
Are you concerned about pigeons making a nest on your balcony? Not only is this an annoyance, but it can cause some damage as well.
Instead of allowing things to get worse and worse by the day, it is your responsibility to alleviate this problem.
If you are unsure of how to do that, please read on.
Avoid Moving the Nest
The first thing you should know is that moving the nest is not acceptable under any circumstances.
It may be bothersome to have this in your way, but doing so will put baby birds lives at risk.
This is because pigeons are very precise when it comes to the place where they decide to build nests.
If you move it even a half-inch, there is a chance that they may abandon their babies permanently.
The best thing to do would be to allow them to stay temporarily.
Once they learn to fly, which typically takes about a month, they will begin to fly off at random intervals.
When that happens, you can take steps that will decrease their chances of coming back.
Purchase Anti-Roosting Spikes
You can find these in most home improvement stores.
When these are placed on your balcony, it eliminates the availability of places for the pigeons to perch and make themselves at home.
Keep in mind that these can be a bit costly and installing can be tricky, but the time and money you invest will certainly be worth it.
Clean Up the Area
Many people store things like boxes and old items on their balconies and this provides the perfect place for pigeons to build a nest.
Do everything you can to keep your area neat and clean. In addition, you should get rid of any pigeon droppings and nesting materials as soon as you see them.
If you do this continually, there is a chance they will get the hint and look for someplace else to get comfortable.
Install Water Jets
As everyone knows, birds do not like water, so it only makes sense for this to be one of the weapons you use in your battle against pigeons.
Have some automatic water jets installed on your balcony and they will spray the pigeons periodically.
Once this happens numerous times, they are likely to look for someplace drier to spend their time and build nests.
Spend Lots of Time Out There
Pigeons do not like being around humans very much, so spending lots of time on your balcony will serve as a real deterrent.
Nests are typically made during seasons when people are not likely to be taking advantage of their outdoor space.
Give these feathered pests a surprise by walking out there at least 2-3 times daily when the weather is not that great.
Call in a Pro
If you feel like you have done everything in your power and there are still pigeons trying to make themselves at home, it may be a good idea to call in a professional.
It is likely they will know some tried and true measures that will get rid of them permanently.
Make sure that the person you hire has experience eliminating pigeons and they are charging a reasonable rate for their services.
Now that you have all of this information, it is time to put it to good use in your battle to keep pigeons from taking over your balcony.
There is some trial and error involved and you will probably have to try several methods before finding one that works, but this is worth it to preserve your property and prevent it from becoming an eyesore.
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