other methods of deterring pigeons
We've located a selection of other humane pigeon deterrents which may help deter pigeons from your property. They work on the principle that pigeons use their natural 'homing' instinct to stay near their birth site so installing pigeon deterrent products make pigeons search for another area to nest. Despite the range of products available, deterring pigeons is in most situations best achieved by installing anti-roosting pigeon spikes.
Plastic owl pigeon decoys use the pigeon's innate fear of predators and predation which scare the pigeon away from its desired roosting, perching or breeding area.
The owls should be placed as high up as possible, ideally above the pest pigeons and silhouetted against the skyline for maximum effect. The owl will then be clearly seen by problem pigeons as they approach their roosting or perching areas. Make sure to relocate the decoys on a regular basis to maintain their pigeon deterrent effect.
ultrasonic pigeon scarer
Pigeon deterrent ultrasonic pigeon scarers may only work in very specific situations.
The units produce powerful high frequency sound which makes them useful for areas where audible sound is not an option. They can be used internally (including external areas that are protected from the elements) and also for non-protected external use in open-air environments.
The principle behind ultrasonic pigeon deterrent systems is that ultrasound is too high-pitched for human hearing but falls within the hearing range of most species of pigeons (so not ideal if you'd still like to see other pigeons in your garden!). These high frequency waves are unpleasant and annoying to the pigeons but are harmless.
Note : The human ear loses the ability to hear ultrasound as you get older but in some women and particularly in the young, ultrasound falls within hearing ranges and can cause considerable discomfort and headaches so consider carefully where these units are placed.
Note : It is very important to check that the area where the unit is intended to be used is not inhabited by bats as they can be disturbed by ultra high-frequency sound and are a protected species in the UK. This means that it is an offence to interfere with their roosting sites or to disturb them in any way.
The idea behind pigeon netting is to provide an impervious barrier to the pigeon, is harmless to the pigeons and displaces their population to other areas. It is important to first choose the correct size of netting for the type of pest pigeon. A tensioned wire, either galvanised or stainless steel, is installed around the edge of the building or monument to be protected, with any additional cross wires being installed. The net is then fastened to the wires using hog rings.
Pigeon control netting usually come in packs with instructions and fixings for installation. If you are installing the brid deterrent system yourself make sure you follow installation instructions carefully and that no pigeons are roosting behind the netting before it is fixed so that pigeons aren't trapped behind. Ideally a professional should be used as it can be a technical job.
other scaring products
Other pigeon scaring products have varying degrees of sucess at deterring pigeons and include:
- Flashing Hawkeye and Flashing Buddha Eyes are two visual scaring products combining the use of bright primary colours mirrors and predator/human images with movement to deter pigeons. Normally associated with use in agricultural applications they can also be roof-mounted for more versatility.
- Use a terror eyes balloon and hang it from a tree or wire to act as a predator and scare pigeons away.
- Installing a scarecrow motion activated sprayer helps startle unwanted pigeons and they're less likely to return in the future.
- Acoustic pigeon scarers are audible pigeon deterrents which use the pigeons' own distress calls to create a "danger zone", frightening infesting pigeon pests away. Alternatively predator cries (hawks, falcons etc.) can be used to help scare the pigeons. However this system will not deter pest pigeons if they are already nesting, or have nested on the site in the past.