Whether you’re sick of cleaning bird droppings off your windows or the constant cooing is driving you mad, our pigeon pest control technicians have listed below some great ways to keep pigeons off your roof.

Install scare-pigeons

These lightweight kites are usually sold in the form of hawk silhouettes and are great at scaring away pigeons. Simply place them where the birds usually roost, remembering to move them around on a regular basis. If pigeons get used to its presence, they’ll pretty much become immune to it and won’t be scared anymore.

Use reflective surfaces

When the sun hits a reflective object, it creates a prism effect which interferes with pigeons’ eyesight. If your roof is covered with anything reflective such as reflective tape or foil balloons, it’s highly unlikely they will settle.

If you’ve been wondering what to do with those old CDs you never listen to anymore, you could also hang them from nearby trees or along awnings and this should be enough to keep pigeons away.

Install sloped sheathing

To keep pigeons off ledges and other flat surfaces, cover them with a sloping piece of sheet metal. If they physically can’t settle somewhere then they won’t.

Use natural repellents

There are a number of homemade remedies which can be pretty effective at keeping pigeons away. Try placing balls or containers of strong spices where the birds tend to gather on your roof. The best spices to use include chili powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and cinnamon.

Please refrain from putting down poison because you may inadvertently cause harm to innocent wildlife, pets or children if the poison gets carried elsewhere. Always speak to a professional pest controller if you do wish to go down this route.

Use bird netting

Netting can be used to seal off spaces above barn rafters and any other potential roosting spots.

Don’t make your property pigeon-friendly

If it’s easy for pigeons to settle, you can guarantee they will. Check your property for any pigeon-friendly areas such as soffits, vents, chimneys, gutters and large gaps. Anywhere up high is naturally going to be an inviting place for these birds to nest and chances are you hardly ever go up there so they’re going to remain undisturbed.

As well as checking for potential nesting spots, try to make sure there are no potential food sources for pigeons to live off. Store rubbish bags in metal bins with securely fitted lids so that they can’t gain access to the contents and take it up to their nest. Also try to avoid feeding pets outside or remember to clean away their bowl as soon as they’ve finished eating.

Call a pest controller

The best way to deal with a pigeon problem is to call a pest controller. They will know exactly how to get rid of them and what’s more, they will also be able to tell you how to keep them away for good.