Pigeons are not clean birds; they transmit parasites and diseases through water droplets and dust that travel through air ducts into buildings. Some diseases transmitted by pigeons are E. coli, Histoplasmosis, Psittacosis, Cryptococcosis, and many more.
In addition to being airborne parasite carriers, pigeons leave a ridiculous amount of highly corrosive droppings. Their droppings are very firm when dry and are used to strengthen the nest structure to last through the winter. Feces are highly acidic and can stain surfaces and even speed up the deterioration of a structure.
Pigeons are a silent producer of feathers and their nesting materials can be scattered throughout your property. The mess builds up quickly and gets replaced as soon as you clean it up. It clogs gutters, eaves, and vents, causing water to accumulate.
How to Keep Pidgeon’s Away from Your Home?
Here are some DIY methods to control Pigeons without harming them,
- Garden Balls
Garden balls not only act as the best deterrents for London Pigeons, but these decorative balls will enhance your yard and garden. These large colourful balls can be scattered around your yard or hung from trees, fence posts, and stakes. Birds confuse these spherical orbs with their eyes and try to avoid them.
- Sparkling Items
Shiny and sparkly objects such as old CDs, aluminium cans, small mirrors, or metal packages hung near landing areas help to deter pigeons. These reflective objects create significant obstacles for tricky birds. The reflection of light from these materials prevents birds from returning to your homes.
- Repellent Sprays
Chili, water, and vinegar are the most accepted combinations to repel urban pigeons. To make this spray, crush dried red chilies in a mixture of water and vinegar. For the mixture to be effective, pour it into a clear glass, and leave it in the sunlight for a natural infusion. When finished, put the repellent in a plant mister and spray the areas where the birds are causing problems.
Birds fear many predators such as cats, owls, and even larger birds of prey. Placing objects in the shape of these predators around your home can prevent them from gathering. Keep these things moving at first, otherwise, the birds will adapt to them.