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dmmanzan
Pigeon Problem
dmmanzan

Dear Ask This Old House,
We need help with our pigeon problem. They are all over our roof. My family does not like it! Do you have any suggestions on how we can handle this problem?

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

Cut off the food supply and they will vanish

Jeanne
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Jeanne
dj1
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dj1

How can you eliminate their food sources? They are experts in surviving.

Don't feed them and don't keep pet food out of reach - good idea.

Dummy owl to scare them - they are not that stupid.

Spikes? glue? not good on the roof. one day you'll go up on the roof and step on them...

Spray water? don't do it on a windy day, you'll get soaked. Also, birds are not afraid of water.

All the other suggestions are also futile, except ultrasound. That might work.

There is one more way, but I can't put it in writing.

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

I grew up next door to an old lady who fed the pigeons, 50 pound sacks at a time. They would show up lick clockwork, just minutes before she arrived home from work. We couldn't park in front of our own home. Poop was everywhere.

We tried everything from explosives to plastic owls, to the SPCA and the health dept. All to no avail.

The pigeons left when the old lady died and the food stopped.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

A method that I'm considering for chicken repellent is an electric fence charger. We've got feral chickens in the neighborhood that keep coming into our yard and messing with, and eating the food sources of, our chickens.

The trick with the fence charger is that it relies on the victim being grounded for it to work, birds are not grounded, and I wouldn't bet that they'd be grounded enough even sitting on your roof peak. The cure that I've come up with for this is to run the fence wire and a ground wire within 1/2" of each other so that when the birds light on the top of a fence picket, or your roof ridge line, they'd touch both wires at the same time and get the zap they so well deserve. It won't take long for them to find another house to call home.

dj1
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dj1
A. Spruce wrote:

A method that I'm considering for chicken repellent is an electric fence charger. We've got feral chickens in the neighborhood that keep coming into our yard and messing with, and eating the food sources of, our chickens.

The trick with the fence charger is that it relies on the victim being grounded for it to work, birds are not grounded, and I wouldn't bet that they'd be grounded enough even sitting on your roof peak. The cure that I've come up with for this is to run the fence wire and a ground wire within 1/2" of each other so that when the birds light on the top of a fence picket, or your roof ridge line, they'd touch both wires at the same time and get the zap they so well deserve. It won't take long for them to find another house to call home.

Pigeons, unlike roosters and chickens, come down from the sky. Zapping them will be impossible.

I've seen spikes on the ridges and eaves of gas stations and shops - still the roofs are full of pigeons, and worse, bird s--t.

No win situation?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
dj1 wrote:

Pigeons, unlike roosters and chickens, come down from the sky. Zapping them will be impossible.

Yes, I know that. Even with the chickens "grounding" them will be the problem, hence running both a charged wire and a ground wire, for them to light on the ridge, they'd have to land on both wires. Theoretically, it would work.

In my case, I'd be running the wires along the top of a 6' wooden fence. If it worked, it would not only repel the chickens, it would also stop the squirrels!

foresterpoole1
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foresterpoole1

Spikes on eaves and overhangs will help, but we got rid of ours in our office building by luck. A hawk (red tail I think) decided to take up residence near by. Well, it was not long before dead pidgeons and mounds of feathers started appearing around the courtyard and sidewalks of the building. Now we have a fat resident hawk and no pidgeons...

dmmanzan
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dmmanzan

First let me say Thank You all for your posts.

A few thoughts:
Remove their food source...hmm...pretty much impossible in a neighborhood or hundreds of homes and gardens.
A link to the wiki how to site...thanks for the link...I have read and reviewed many articles and sites on the web.
I currently have the spikes out...have gowned up (PPE personal protective equipment) and cleaned and sanitized the roof. I have even tried nightly to spray them with a garden hose. (which works...but I am not on guard 24x7...)

I do not want to have to clean up gels or constantly re-apply spices/chemicals etc. I did think about population control...but am afraid that approach would endanger the "wanted" birds of my neighbors.

So...next approach... http://www.nixalite.com/scarecrow.aspx
An on guard system to keep them off of my house and move them onto another location.

llmotoll
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llmotoll

Being a commercial roofer we run into this problem often. We have only seen One true method of permanently eliminating the birds and I do mean all birds.

Place the remains of a vulture carcass on your roof. Take special care to not touch it with your bare hands as to not leave human scent on the carcass. Be sure to break it apart and spread it out all over the roof in about a 400-600 square foot area.

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