Keeping your Home Pigeon Free!
by Fran Prisco
Each year homeowners spend hundreds of dollars cleaning up after and repairing the damage created by pest pigeons. The domestic pigeon has become quite a nuisance in urban areas. Pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after 7 to 28 days. Pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after 7 to 28 days. Pigeons have adapted to most of the habitats available on the planet.
How to Install Plastic bird spikes
There are many products out there that can help to get rid of pest pigeons from your property. By far the easiest to use and one of the most effective are plastic bird spikes. Bird spikes are made of plastic or stainless steel. Some have a plastic base with stainless steel spikes. They usually come in either one foot or two-foot sections. Plastic bird spikes come in different widths some as wide as 7” to be sure to cover the entire surface where pest pigeons are landing. They are used on flat as well as curved surfaces such as window ledges, roof edges, patio covers, arched entryways and other areas that pest pigeons like to roost and nest.
Installation of plastic bird spikes is relatively easy. You can glue or screw them down. Make sure that all debris left behind by the birds is cleaned up first. Use a mixture of bleach or ammonia with water to wet down the area and rinse it clean. Do not clean bird droppings dry as they can be inhaled in dry form and cause illness. When cleaning bird droppings use a mask and gloves. Use enough plastic bird spikes to cover the entire area that the pigeons are landing or roosting on. If they are in an area that is hard to get to it might be wise to call an expert. There are many companies that install bird control products like plastic bird spikes.
How Plastic bird spikes Work
Once properly installed, plastic bird spikes make it difficult for pigeons to land. The plastic bird spikes are usually 4.25” to 4.50” high so that pigeons and larger birds can not straddle the spikes. Be sure to look for a spike that has a “center” spike running down the middle. This will keep the birds from building nests in the spikes themselves. Covering all of the surface of a ledge or widow sill, will keep pigeons form landing as birds land feet first, they will sense that something is there and move on. When first installing plastic bird spikes, you may want to watch and see if the birds find another area of your home or building to land on. That area too will need to have plastic bird spikes installed.
If you are unsure if you can put in the plastic bird spikes yourself to call a local bird control installer. Most pest control companies can help, or call the pigeon spike manufacturer for an installer near you. Getting ride of pest pigeons can be as easy as “gluing and screwing”!