Unfortunately for us, the pigeon population in the UK is at an all-time high. Seeing flocks of pigeons is a common sign for us on a daily basis. It’s even forced a bird feeding ban in some cities, such as London.
Pigeons are renowned for getting into buildings, and causing damage and dirt by roosting there. Even if you don’t live in a large city or a built up residential area, pigeons can still cause problems for you.
So how can you stop pigeons from invading your property?
- Keep rubbish to a minimum. If you don’t have outdoor bins, make sure your bin bags are tied tightly. If you have outdoor bins, always make sure the lids are tightly secured and closed at all times. The area around the bins need to be kept clean too, so keep your eye out for any food spills. Pests won’t be able to survive if you don’t let them have any food.
- Birds tend to be very afraid of cats. So if you have a cat, or have been thinking about getting one, they can be great bird scarers. A cat being on the prowl will stop pigeons coming near your house ever again!
- You can install spikes on your properties ledges, stopping the pigeons from resting or nesting on them. A professional pest controller can do this for you.
- Always check your roof for any signs of disrepair and loose tiles. If a pigeon sees an entryway, they will be in your loft as quick as a flash. Make sure all holes are sealed and that the roof is fully repaired.
- Sonic repellents are becoming a green favourite to keep pigeons away. They emit a noise that we can’t hear, but is wholly unpleasant to pests. They are also very affordable.
No matter how much your property might be pigeon repellent, you’re probably still going to see them in gardens and on rooves across the UK, and may need to bring in a humane pigeon pest control professional. Having said that, just because they’re around doesn’t mean they’re causing problems. Always be cautious to see if your home or garden is being damaged by them or by their droppings. If it’s not, it might just be better to leave them alone.