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Three Ways to Scare a Pigeon

Statistically speaking, hundreds of property owners (especially those who own buildings and other structures within the metropolis) are spending thousands, if not millions, of dollars each year just to clean-up pigeon droppings and repair the damages that the habituation of these birds have done in their properties. It is not difficult to see then why these people are willing to invest on bird control methods and devices just to get rid of these birds. Well, apart from aesthetic concerns, these birds also threaten human health. In fact, is has been established that these pest birds can carry and transmit at least 60 different kinds of diseases. That being said, the owners of these properties are compelled to sanitize and treat their properties from possible health hazards apart from spending on the repairs and clean-ups! Clearly, there are serious financial advantages when the habituation of these birds has been prevented in the very first place.

Private companies and even the government agencies have been burdened by the presence of these birds since they started living in urban areas. The need for regular clean-ups and maintenance is really adding up to the expenses which these companies and agencies have to deal with on a yearly basis. Thus, the best possible approach is to invest on a method or a device that will "repel" these birds for good. This is the only way to cut down on the regular expenses on clean-ups and repairs. While the onset capital for these devices and products may seem too much, the real benefit is that it is a onetime expense, unlike cleaning up and repairing which can recur forever. Now, since we are talking about relative huge onset investments, it is but right that we also choose the best "bird barrier" that we can get. To be able to so, start here:

1. Audio Repellents

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Such types of pigeon repellents are very common in houses because they are the most affordable ones. The manufacturers of these devices claim that they can be effectively used to repel pigeons from perching and nesting in areas within and adjacent to the house. Examples of such areas are the garage, sheds and the warehouses which homeowners seldom do complete and thorough cleaning. These devices are also known as audio bird "scarers" because of its primal function which is precisely what this name suggests, it scares the birds. One trait of pigeons is that they do not like loud and sharp noises. Now, since these devices produce this kind of sounds, pigeons are technically scared to come anywhere close to the source of the sound.

2. Visual Repellents

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Can you imagine a scarecrow in your yard? Well, that's how visual "scarers" work but of course these devices do not resemble a scarecrow which can definitely ruin the aesthetic value of your home. Instead, they come as flash tapes and poles which reflect sunlight. Pigeons are distressed by flashing light and would rather stay far from its source. Thus, reflection poles are very effective in irritating the birds. This can also be used on rooftop surfaces as well as on porches and other areas. Moreover, you can also wrap the trunk of a fruit tree with a metallic sheet so that the trunk would act like a flash pole. This way, you will be able to scare away the pigeons from fruit-bearing trees. For some reason, pigeons can also identify shapes. Many bird control specialists have made use of this characteristic to control them. For example, they have used predatory images to act like flash poles which also have the same effects to the birds.

3. Bird Spikes

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The use of spikes is very common to buildings with areas that are prone to pigeon habituation. These spikes are considered as traditional but so far, they are also the most effective. In most cases, the spikes are simply mounted on boards which are then laid out on building tops and other areas commonly perched and roosted by pigeons. But there are instances when each spike is mounted on the surface of the building. This is done when the surface that needs protection does not have a vast flat area. Cement or strong metal glues are used to attach the spikes in place. Moreover, in order to enhance the effects of the spikes, bird control specialists also try to incorporate visual repellents into them. To materialize that, they simple add a predatory image along with the spikes. For example, they might place a decoy owl or a falcon on the area where the spikes are mounted. The most effective predatory bird decoys are those which are three-dimensional. The spikes are also used in other pest control applications. Apart from pigeons, spikes are also used to repel squirrels and other rodents.


Although it has been said that you need to invest on bird control devices and mechanisms in order to avoid higher expenses on cleaning after their mess, it does not mean that these products would be so expensive that you would need to spend all your fortune on them. In fact, in a relative sense, these products are affordable. You can even ask for big discounts from their dealers and retailers if you are ordering in bulk. You just need to explore your options and continue to seek for ways by which you can cut down in your expenses.

If you are not sure yet as to which of these bird control devices best suits your needs, then it is wise for you to do a little research first. You can start by participating in various pigeon control forums in the web. You can also do light readings on different topics about bird control and ultimately, you can commission the help of a bird control specialist to help you determine the kind of solution that your bird problem needs. Of course, do not limit yourself to what a single specialist tells you. If in doubt, consult other people and compare which solution offered seems to be the best one.
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