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Pigeon damage control for Columba livia
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Pigeon Damage Control
How to Stop Pigeons
from living/roosting under dormer
You have essentially two options, although you may need to use both. The first
is to install 1/4 inch hardware cloth/wire mesh (not chicken wire) over the
gaps caused by dormers and eaves. Pigeons, as you well know love to roost under
the protection on an eave. By screening it off, they will no longer be able
to loaf there.
Now of course you may be worried about how these wire mesh boxes will look.
Although I can't say they will disappear. Painting the mesh, the black or a
color similar to the house will go a long way to help them disappear. Mesh certainly
looks better than the white/gray pigeon droppings.
For other ledges, installing a ledge product will prevent their roosting. Bird
Spikes or Porcupine Wire (this link has
been fixed 9/6/02) use spikes to prevent pigeons from roosting on ledges, you
cannot use these products on ledges where people's hands can reach. Cost of
these products range from around 8 dollars per linear foot plus installation.
They are permanent solutions so the cost must be seen against their long term
Click for a training manual on Bird Control
Pigeon Control Quackery
We don't cite Ultrasound as a pigeon control technique
because we have not seen any evidence that convinces us that ultrasound works.
We welcome hard evidence to the contrary. Just e-mail us. But all the studies
we have seen show that ultrasound doesn't work on birds because they can't hear
in the ultrasonic range anymore than we can. This is not to be confused with distress
calls. Visit distress calls.
Gooey products like Hot foot® and Birds away® are effective in stopping roosting
for the short term, ie. less than a year. They
also attract dirt and melt in hot weather making potentially quite a mess. Look
at the photo to the right. Notice the snake like curve which attracted all that
dirt and grime. Animal rights activists also consider them inhumane if that
means anything to you. We don't think these products are inhumane per se, however
failure to use them properly and failure to monitor them properly can cause
some birds to suffer unnecessarily.
balloons and snakes only work for a few days at a time. You can lengthen
the time of their effectiveness if you move them around. However the birds soon
learn that they are not alive.
Distress Calls and/or predator calls can
also work for the short term. However, pigeons can become quickly become
habituated to these techiques. Harassment techniques work better when used together.
So owl effigies and distress calls should work better together than alone.
This is still new technology but it appears that it works at least on geese.
As issues of safety, health, and property damage associated with wildlife populations
increase, so too does public demand for non-lethal, non-injurious, and environmentally
benign solutions to such problems. Recent research conducted bt the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's (USDA) Wildlife Services' (WS) National Wildlife Research Center
(NWRC) indicates that relatively low-power, long wavelength lasers (630-650nm
"red beam) provide an effective means of dispersing some problem bird species
under low-light conditions, while presenting no threat to the animal or environment.
Birds on a Wire
The best method would be burying the cable. But if you can't do that, I would
suggest stringing a wire above the cable. We call it bird wire. The birds won't
be able to perch on the t.v. cable wire. Stainless steel wire with springs attached
at one end to help give tension. The wire should be about one inch above the cable
wire. Be sure to check with the cable company before doing anything. Don't
do this on electrical wires or any other wires without permission!
Long Term Pigeon Control
Non-Lethal Pigeon Control
Longlegs: This device prevents pigeons from loafing or roosting on small
areas like lamps, poles etc. Order
Netting: Netting is the gold standard of bird
control including, pigeons. Although the initial cost seems high, quality work
and materials will last many years. Plus netting, when done correctly will stop
bird access to areas where you don't want them. The downside of netting is that
it can only be done on structures and isn't practical for open area situations.
Netting On-line Scroll down and select the size you need. If this is new
to you, we would recommend purchasing a booklet
on bird exclusion.
Lethal Pigeon Control
- Shooting can be highly effective. Aim for the head or breast area.
Using a flat head pellet shot from a pellet gun can be humane and efficient.
Just be sure to follow the gun laws and safe gun practices.
- Trapping is more time consuming but can be effectively done to reduce
bird populations. To purchase a pigeon trap click Pigeon
Trap Trapping is effective at reducing pigeon populations but one will
need to have great patience. Think about trapping for weeks instead of days.
One advantage is that you can sell the birds to hunters in some states.
- Chemiosterilants are chemicals that interfere with the pigeon's ability
to reproduce. Ornitrol is the name of the only product registered for this
use. It sterlized male pigeons for three months and females for six months.
Presently, they are not available as they were taken off the market by the
manufacturer in 1994. It is still available in Canada. The problem with this
technique lies in the several years it can take to see tangible results. Cost
may be another downside.
- Use of Trained Hawks: Trained hawks can be a very effective method
of controlling pigeons. You probably won't get many killed but you should
get flock dispersement through fear. One downside to the plan is sometimes
the hawks attack dogs like a Chihuahua. Source "Trained NYC Hawks Attack
Chihuahua" by LARRY McSHANE Associated Press, NEW YORK - Trained hawks
employed to keep pigeons from making a mess on visitors in a midtown park
have been grounded because one of the birds mistook a Chihuahua as its lunch.An
18-inch hawk swooped down and gouged the diminutive pooch with one of its
talons while the dog was nosing around in the bushes of Bryant Park, located
behind the landmark New York Public Library.ON THE NET Bryant Park: http://www.bryantpark.org/
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