Confessions of a Pigeon Breeder or How to Control your Pigeon Problem As a former Pigeon Breeder, pigeons are not a problem, we love these birds and we do everything to keep them from moving away. The rest of the world, I believe, wants pigeons to move away and never, never return. I will tell you about how to get them to move away at no cost, then I will explain how we spent a little money and kept them off a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse roof in Phoenix and then I will explain what happened when we got about 30 neighbors in PebbleCreek, Arizona to pitch in and rid their houses of pigeons for only the labor cost of $30.00 per house.
Pigeon Control for Free method.
When I was a pigeon breeder, I would never let my birds get stressed out. I would provide a safe place for them to roost and I made sure that clean water and food was always available for them. I also made sure that my pigeons would not be allowed to fly when other pigeons were flying in the area.
If you want pigeons to leave your home then you must stress them out. I would say that stress is the most important tool you can use. Here in PebbleCreek, if a pigeon is trying to roost on my house, I wait till 10 pm and spray them and their perch with a strong spray of water. For this technique all you need is a water hose and nozzle. Before sunset, place the hose directly under where the pigeons are roosting. Then, when you return in the dark all you have to do is walk quietly to the hose, point the sprayer at the pigeons and spray. This technique is very stressful for pigeons. First, they don’t like to fly at night. Second, it is very dangerous for them to be out flying around at the same time that predators are also flying. Also, this method destroys their nesting area and you are forcing them to rebuild it. You must destroy the nesting area. Pigeons do not want to keep building and rebuilding their nesting area. They want a safe, quiet breeding and nesting area for their baby pigeons.
If the roosting area has eggs or little ones, then the pigeons that you chased away are really going to be stressed out. Here in PebbleCreek, Arizona, over a period of 10 years, once pigeons were sprayed 3 to 4 times they never returned.
Be sure to remove all sources of drinking water and food. Also, if during the day you have pigeons perched on the roof ridge, wait until you see other pigeons flying nearby then spray them with water. There is a good chance that they will go and join up with the birds flying nearby. I noticed that if I am across the street from my neighbors house and wave my arms over my head, pigeons roosting on my neighbor’s house will fly away. Now do this for the pigeons on your house as a way of keeping their stress levels elevated. Getting rid of pigeons requires that you keep the stress level up until they leave.
The PebbleCreek Pigeon Project. (doing it for cheap!)
The PebbleCreek Pigeon Project was a project I put together for my neighbors in PebbleCreek after the successful pigeon removal at the 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse. We used a clear gel product out of California called “Bird B Gone”. We had 30 plus families involved in the project and everyone paid their percentage of the wholesale cost for the gel product. Next, we hired a single individual @$30. per house to apply the material. The $30. per house included cleaning the roof perch areas and applying the gel directly on the tile roofs. The gel works by creating stress on the pigeons because when the pigeon step on it they stick to it. Pigeons do not like sticking to anything.
The PebbleCreek Pigeon Project was done after the 20,000 warehouse project, that I was able to monitor over eight years. The Gel works very well as long as it is applied where the birds perch. At the warehouse the pigeons were kept off the roof for about 8 years. Between the 7th and 8th year the gel was collecting too much dust and had to be reapplied. The gel is very easy to apply, because it works with a typical caulking gun that you can purchase at home depot for about $11.00
Using Gel on homes.
Using the “Bird B Gone” gel on homes is, in my opinion, very economical. Ask any realtor and they will tell you the average stay for people in their homes is 7 years. After 7 years most people move on to other homes. If you use the gel and you want to stay in your home you have to reapply it between the 7th and 8th year. You will not need a skilled laborer to reapply the gel. Remember, the PebbleCreek Pigeon Project got it done for just $25 per house.
If you want to rid yourself of pigeons for free, use the water hose and keep up their stress level. Do not let the pigeons adopt your home for their roost. Let them know that your house is not a safe and quiet place to raise babies. They will move if you keep it up because there are plenty of other homes in your neighborhood that are quiet, low stress areas that they can choose to live.
If you want to spend a little money on the problem, use the” Bird B Gone” gel on their perching areas. Hire a laborer to clean off the area and apply the gel. The gel is sold by the case so get some neighbors to join you and purchase a case of “Bird B Gone” gel and the cost should be a little more than the cost for a tube of caulking.
Beneath Overhangs, Roof Ridges and Vents
In closing, I want to say something about treating roof ridges, vents and under roof overhangs with wires or gel. Treating roof ridges is not as important as treating the areas under roof overhangs. I have been observing pigeons for awhile and they seem to use the ridges to watch for danger. They stand on the ridges to watch for cats, dogs, humans and small hawks. The ridges are just for sentry duty but the areas under the overhangs are the spaces for nest building and raising their young. I watched a small hawk enter the neighborhood where we have pigeons and the pigeons on the ridges took flight, flying around at a distance from the hawk. The pigeons under the overhangs just made themselves smaller until the hawk flew away. Pigeons adopt your house as a safe breeding place to have their young and spend more time near their nest than on the ridge of the roof. So, if I had to keep pigeons off my roof, I would concentrate on the nesting areas first. If pigeons don’t live at your house they will not perch on your ridge. If pigeons want to use the ridge line for sentry duty and you put up gel, wires or spikes, they can still nest beneath the overhang and perch on the roof vents near the ridge.