How To Get Rid of Pigeons

Pigeon in the yard

Pigeons are hard to get rid of, but it can be done!  There is no denying that they have played an important part in the lives of humans. They were used during wars to send messages. They are also used to help spot shipwrecked victims. They are currently used in laboratories to aid in the study of health and medicine. However, despite the good things that pigeons do for mankind, when they flock in cities they can be a very large nuisance.

The problem for city dwellers is that if they have a pigeon problem it usually is not a small one. Pigeons live in flocks and they are not very afraid of people. They will nest on most any structure, leaving unsanitary bird droppings behind. Reports tell us that these city dwellers carry more pests and diseases than rats. Here are a few bird control methods (including repellents and deterrents) you can try to rid your property of pigeons:


  • Mothballs. Place mothballs around your balcony and in your eaves. Pigeons hate the smell and will not linger.
  • Glue. Another way to get rid of pigeons is to purchase liquids and gels that you can apply to your roof and balcony. Most such products have no active ingredient. They simply work by employing a sticky pad to trap them. The birds cannot stand or walk on them. The drawback is that the bird may get stuck to the paper permanently, which will result in its death.
  • Repellent Glue. On the other hand, you can choose a chemical repellent that uses an active ingredient. This product will make the pigeon feel the immediate need to flee the area.
  • Noises. Ultrasonic bird repellent devices use noises that are not audible to humans in order to drive the birds away. They can be purchased at you local hardware store and work well in the fight against pigeons.
  • Sprinklers. You can install sprinklers in the area. They hate water. Installing sprinklers or any device that shoots the birds with water will make them want to leave. Although this can become a costly method of pest control, it will work.


  • Knock down any nests you find. Make sure that no remnants of the nest are left behind so that the birds do not return.
  • Place "scare devices" out to frighten the birds. These can include plastic owls or snakes. These items can be purchased from your local hardware store.
  • Block eaves, ledges and other places pigeons nest by placing wire over these areas. They are looking for a place to roost and nest. If they cannot gain access to these areas they will not hang around too long.
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  • Another alternative to keep them away is to install bird spikes. These spikes are made of plastic and they deter pigeons from roosting over your building.
  • Bird nets are a great method to prevent them from nesting in the first place. The nets are designed to be placed on the roofs and in storage areas of large buildings. With the netting in place, the birds will be unable to nest in these areas.
  • Placing tensile wire around the perimeter of an area or around ledges is another method of prevention. The wire is attached to posts that are placed on each corner of a roof balcony or any area that is at risk for infestation. This tensile wire must be clear. This will confuse the birds, not allowing them to land in the space that is surrounded by the wire.

Pigeon Traps. Some will suggest using traps to rid yourself of these birds. Unfortunately, trapping does not rid your space of pigeons. Neither does relocating them. As you may know, they have a strong homing instinct and will probably return to the place they consider "home" even if they are not wanted.

Professional Pest Removal. If all else fails, you can always contact a professional. Exterminators are trained to rid your home of pests, and this includes birds. Many times consumers do not call pest professionals unless they have a problem with insects such as ants or cockroaches. Exterminators are trained, however, to get rid of any pest that is invading your home or office. And this includes pigeons.

In the end, the only true way to discourage pigeons from hanging out on your property is to make sure they do not have access to any food or water. You should keep in mind that if you feed any birds at all… pigeons will come.


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