‘Most effective way’ to ‘humanely’ get rid of pigeons – ‘keeps the birds from landing’


From city centres to Britons’ gardens, there are few places people wouldn’t be able to find the UK’s most common bird. But when they nest in your property and garden, they can become more of a nuisance than usual. Fortunately, there are a variety of options you can use when you’re searching for the answer to how to get rid of pigeons, and they should be employed together.

Pigeons are considered a pest species because of the damage they cause to buildings, gardens and the risk to public health and safety.

Elizabeth Frieling, co-owner of Vanguard Wildlife Solutions, a veteran-owned and operated business providing strategic wildlife removal and repair solutions explained how there are always two techniques to deter pigeons.

She said: “Humanely deterring birds like pigeons requires multi-sensory deterrents (sight, touch, smell) used in conjunction with one another.”

Stop pigeons nesting

There are plenty of places pigeons will choose to make their home.

biologist and training specialist Thomas Ward of Critter control explained: “For both residential and commercial properties, the main problem from pigeons is when they roost on ledges, roofs, chimneys, or in attics, sheds, and barns.

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Repel pigeons using scents

There are a variety of solutions on offer to repel pigeons.

Elizabeth explained: “Optical gel is a tool that has incredible results deterring birds when used correctly.

“The product uses multi-sensory disks that must be spaced a certain way. 

“It is made from citronella, peppermint oil, agar, and beeswax – pigeons do not like the smell of citronella or peppermint oil

“You clean the area beforehand to remove bird pheromones. 

“Application of optical gel masks pheromones and creates a sight disturbance, and if pigeons were to touch it, it would be sticky. The birds won’t like it – but it doesn’t harm them.

“The product is both humane and more aesthetically pleasing than bird spikes.”


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