Are Pigeons And Other Pest Birds Ruining Your Building's Exterior?

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If you're tired of hosing down your sidewalk every morning or catching glimpses of your business's white-spackled roof while you pass by, you may wonder whether there's anything you can do to make your building less attractive to pigeons and other pest birds. While most traditional extermination methods can be tougher to implement when it comes to outside pests as compared to indoor ones, there are a few tried and true ways to reduce the impact of pigeons on your building. Read on for three ways to rid your building of pigeons for good.

Physical Deterrents

Pigeons tend to roost and gather in comfortable, familiar locations, so transforming your building from a comfortable gathering spot to a less hospitable one can often encourage pigeons to settle elsewhere even without the use of poisons or traps. This can often be accomplished by something as simple as installing metal or thick plastic spikes above your entryway and the edges of your roof; these spikes prevent pigeons from roosting or landing for more than a few seconds, forcing them to head elsewhere for rest. 

Bird deterrence spikes can be designed in a variety of colors and styles, helping you make a selection that's congruent with your current design scheme and doesn't give off an intimidating air. You may notice a significant decrease in pigeon traffic after just a few weeks of using these spikes; over time, you may even be able to remove the spikes after pigeons (who reportedly have much better memories than other types of birds) have learned to leave your building alone.


Some cities and urban areas restrict the use of poison on pest birds due to its impact on non-pest birds and other animals. If you live in one of these cities, you may want to investigate trapping instead. Large traps can handle a number of birds at once, and by relocating these birds elsewhere or contacting a pest control company, you'll be able to get these pigeons out of your life for good.

Lifecycle Interrupters 

Another alternative to poison includes a type of medication that can alter pigeons' life cycles; while this substance won't kill or harm pigeons, it can prevent them from laying viable eggs, stopping these pests before the next generation hatches. This can be a great alternative for those who live in pigeon-heavy areas, as it's unlikely you'll be able to remove all your pest pigeons through the trapping method.

For more information, contact a local pest control company.


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