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Four Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Pigeon Control Program

Perhaps you’ve recently undergone a pigeon control solution, or you’re considering a new pigeon control strategy – either way, to guarantee your program will be a long-term success, make sure you acknowledge these four factors to keep your property pigeon-free.


  1. Procrastination

Number one – don’t delay! Pigeons are one of the fastest reproducing birds and breed up to four times a year. This rapid cycle of reproduction means that as soon as pigeons have identified your building as a potential nesting ground, their numbers will only increase. To ensure the problem doesn’t get out of hand the best solution is prompt action – employ a team of specialists as soon as you notice the birds moving in to keep the issue under control.


  1. Food and Water


Pigeons will naturally gravitate to an area where food and water are in abundance and easily accessible. To prevent pigeons from moving in, or to stop them from coming back, keep any source of food or liquid out of reach of the birds. This includes trash cans and any waste receptacles, as pigeons will feed on this too!


Make sure any sources of water are covered with netting, and waste bins are sealed adequately so that these don’t become a welcome source of food and water.


  1. Shelter


Pigeons can nest in small and especially hard to reach places. They like to be high up, and so are often found making a home in small crevices and gaps in roofs, including small spaces underneath solar panels.


Using professional quality pigeon control netting can be a harmless preventative step that stops the birds from trying to roost in these small openings. As netting is a humane method, this tactic is also widely used across the US and provides a legal and safe way to make sure the birds don’t roost on your property.  Just make sure the netting you purchase is made as a pigeon deterrent and the installation is done by a professional.


If you’ve recently carried out a pigeon control program, identify areas that could provide an inviting spot for pigeons to roost and take some steps to restrict these spaces.


  1. Using the Wrong Tactics


Using methods such as prowler owls or predatory decoys are easy and cheap to install, but they won’t work. Long term methods that will successfully remove the birds from your property for good are not a quick fix and work because they address behavioural traits of pigeons, rather than altering their environment. As pigeons can adapt quickly to their environment, solutions such as prowler owls will merely become another element that the pigeons will recognize as being unthreatening and are unlikely to be deterred.



Methods such as pigeon spikes are also widely accepted but also not always successful. Pigeons can use these small rods as a base in which to build a nest, and rather than deterring the birds can encourage them to stay for longer!


Pigeon Control Solutions by United States Pigeon Control


Do you have a pigeon problem? We can help. Our experienced team of professional pest control technicians can remove pest pigeons from your property and will discuss specific methods with you to ensure that your home or workplace remains pest-free. Give our friendly team a call at 1 (866) 674-7779, or email us at or by using the form here.