There are a lot of options on how to deter a pigeon problem, there are old wives tales and some of them do work. Things to consider when attempting to approach a pest problem are maintenance needs of the solution that you choose and where will the pests likely go and is that going to need a solution next? This is a list of some of the most common products that are used as well as a few of the "old wives tales" that we have seen.
4-8 inch plastic or metal spike strips. Pros: highly effective on narrow
surfaces such as building edges, or window ledges. Strips can also be placed
side by side for wider areas. They are easy to install and require virtually no
maintenance. Spikes are also usually the most cost effective solution, and are the most common approach.
Traps: small cage type or large nets, We offer all sorts of trapping services and schedules depending on your needs and the issue to be solved, there are times when a combination of trapping and other techniques deployed at the same time are the most effective way to get a problem solved, nests are a major sign that trapping is needed, if a bird is born on site it is far more difficult to persuade to leave than a bird that "moved in". These require a bit of attention for a while when installed with a compementing system, or it will require maintenance for as long as you have birds.
3-8 foot, free-hanging metal wires. Pros: provide a great bird deterrent to
area where they can overhang, such as skylights. Also require no maintenance.
Slope: This is a flat product that is used to eliminate ledges that birds like to sit, roost or nest on, we customize all slope to color match and fit on each installation.
Electrical Shock Systems: High-voltage electrical track which gives a small shock on contact. Pros: great for high visibility areas such as 3-D sign lettering, can be placed in narrow spaces, or placed side by side for greater area coverage.Cons: requires electricity and some maintenance, does NOT work when under snow or ice. ( it will not melt through)
Gels: Sticky and slimy, birds avoid it, it can be very affective when applied correctly. it does require reapplication at least every three weeks, depending on weather conditions. it is difficult to clean up, feathers stick in it and it requires special cleaners to get it off of glass.
Ultrasonic Systems: high-frequency sound pulse. Pros: great for semi-enclosed areas such as warehouses, sounds are inaudible to humans. Cons: does not work in open-air environments.
Predator Sounds: played recordings of birds’ natural predators such as owls or coyotes. Cons: May have various short-term results, and the sounds are audible to humans.
Predator Decoys: mounted predator look-alikes, usually covered in bird droppings. Cons: birds aren’t that gullible.
Old Wives’ Tales:
most birds do not have a developed sense of smell, so spraying WD-40 will not only be
messy and short-lived, it won’t do much good. It also evaporate quickly, it does have a limited effect when applied to wood because it makes it slick.
in theory could be effective only on metal-surfaces by creating a slick area, the birds slide on it and seem to avoid it but will need constant reapplication. It will also attract insects and therefore it attracts things that eat insects.
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