Getting Rid of Pigeons

Please help me get rid of them. I hose them on a daily basis, but they still return.

By WJR from Essendon, Melbourne, Vic.

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February 19, 20151 found this helpful

Pigeons are a fact of life in most most cities and towns, except perhaps near the Arctic Circle. My spouse, a naturalist, jokes that Pigeons (or flying piggies-as he calls them) are like rats and mice-a species that has adapted most successfully to our modern day world.

One can not "get rid of pigeons" because they are sucessful adapters, they fly, they return to good food areas, and they will eat most anything. You can, however, reduce the attractive food possibilities in your area-remove all seed, berry, flower, fruit bearing bushes and trees and other pigeon food such as food garbage, pet food, etc., from your home and lot. They will look for food elsewhere but will check back on your area for new food possibilities in the future.

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July 4, 20190 found this helpful

My stupid neighbour keeps feeding them but they roost on my balcony and Wake me up at 6AM ,with their noise Stop feeding them people ,they are not cute they are very annoying !

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February 22, 20150 found this helpful

Buy one, or more, of those fake plastic life sized owls from your local gardening store and hang them up around the area you are trying to keep clear of pigeons. The owls will scare them away.

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July 18, 20160 found this helpful

No it doesn't. I remember once seeing a pigeon sitting on top of the head of a fake owl.

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They don't look like owls to pigeons and they don't move. If you get a lot of breezes on your balcony, get a couple of pinwheels and put them up.

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September 23, 20160 found this helpful

The owl idea does not work the pidgeons keep coming back also I don't feed them or have food on my balcony

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June 18, 20170 found this helpful

This only works temporarily, they will learn over time that the owl is fake. Even if you move it frequently, they figure it out over time.

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March 21, 20180 found this helpful

If plastic owls scare away pigeons, wont the also scare away the little birds that I love and feed?

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May 11, 20160 found this helpful

Just found another trick to keep the pigeons away and off my window sills. I cut pieces of plastic carpet runner and glue down with the spike side up so they wont land on it because it hurts their feet.

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Its working great.

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July 18, 20160 found this helpful

Another way to stop them from landing on your balcony railing is to string fishing line from one of the balcony to the other about an inch above the railing. They start to land, don't like the way the fishing line feels and fly away. I actually watched this happen after I put the fishing line up. The pigeon started to land, felt the fishing line and flew away as fast as possible. It was very amusing to watch and it confirmed that the fishing line worked.

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October 26, 20170 found this helpful

I had pigeons roosting in a linden tree. After sunset when they were all settled in, I went a out with my headlamp and proceeded to spray them with the water hose, mind you I did not enjoy doing this but they make a terrible mess. I kept checking every hour and they did return but less and less each time, I finally gave up after midnight.

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The next night I repeated this and after one spraying only one returned and that one refused to vacate the tree, it flew out of the reach of the hose, smart bird.

Tonight I claim victory I have been out several times and it is past midnight and not one single pigeon. I am going to be vigilant and check each night for a week or so just in case they decide to make their way back. BTW I tried the wind chimes and mylar and that had zero effect. Good Luck!

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