Pigeons are urban animals, and they very frequently roost and nest on, amongst, and in buildings. I often deal with cases of pigeons in the attic of a house or commercial building. They
can take advantage of fairly small openings to get in and out, and they like the warm, safe, space. The best approach is to install one-way exclusion doors that allow the birds to get
out but not back in. Smaller flightless pigeons and eggs need to be removed by hand. Some pigeons are stubborn, and might have to be shot in the attic. If you need professional pigeon
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A photo of some pigeons roosting in an attic
Pigeons generally thrive in urban areas, living with humans; and they love to live inside the protected areas in buildings. Hence, it is very common for them to go from being the pretty birds out in the yard, to constituting a nuisance in the attics of people’s houses. They mostly enter the attics through the points where the roof pitches meet and where one roof overhangs another.
As commonly domesticated as pigeons are, they still come tops among those bird species that people seek for ways to get rid of. This happens no thanks to their invidious habits of depositing faecal material in unwanted places like the attic, their annoying cooing sounds, and their tendency to carry some fungal and bacterial infections.
If you already have a pigeon infestation up in your attic, it’s going to take you going through several important stages and some expertise to get them out. The best way though, is to prevent the pesky birds from entering.
The best way to not have pigeons in your attic is to keep them out in the first instance. Proof your house and attic against the persistent birds and don’t allow them any chance to enter at all. These points are also useful if you have just cleared a pigeon infestation, so you can prevent another infestation from happening.
1. Make minor structural changes to your building structure, like removing or blocking their favourite spots. For instance where pigeons love to perch on your roof, you may modify the roof by making it slant and sloping, knowing the birds would not be able to perch on a slanting surface. When deprived of their perching spot, pigeons will in most cases, leave your property graciously.
2. Likewise, you may install porcupine wires to the areas where the pigeons love to roost. These consist of a solid base with sharp metal prongs sticking out at all angles. With this in place, the birds are prevented from landing.
3. Use bird netting on the roofs, eaves, and overhangs; you will need a UV-resistant, high-density, polyurethane net with ¾-inch squares.
4. Install electrified tracking on your roofs and ledges to discourage them from roosting.
Where the pigeons are already lodged and cozy in your attic, it would be a good idea to call in an animal control practitioner to do a thorough job as it does require some expertise. Be sure to wear protective gear (like thick rubber gloves, coveralls, and a nose mask) while this is on as pigeons are capable of transferring several diseases from contact with their bodies, feces, or even abandoned nests.
1. Remove the birds from the attic with specialized one-way exclusion devices. You may also have to physically remove birds
2. Identify all the entry points by which they got in there and do some house repairs to seal them up completely so that no animal can gain entry into your attic again
3. Pigeons make nasty messes and by this time, your attic must be terribly messed up with nesting material, pigeon feathers, and especially the abundant droppings. There will also be a mix of parasites in that mess – mites and ticks. All of that needs to be cleaned up or there could be serious health consequences for the house’s inhabitants.
4. Decontaminate the attic with a strong, enzyme-based formula to remove all the biodegradable wastes left in it. A product like Bac-Azap, applied with an atomizing sprayer, is the best approach.
A photo of pigeon feces in an attic. This requires extensive cleaning.
Another alternative is to kill off the pigeons up in your attic by poisoning. Poisons like alphachloralose, avitrol, antifreeze, thallium etc. are commonly used to get rid of pigeons. Avitrol works by causing epileptic reactions, followed by falling and flapping in pigeons. Alphachloralose is a poison fed to pigeons in form of treated grains and when consumed makes them feel stupor-like and they later die. Thallium, which can be thrown into water, causes vomiting, nausea and pain to pigeons.
Aside from being inhumane to kill pigeons this way, poisoning is definitely not the way to go when the pigeons are up in your attic. They will in all probability die right there inside the attic and then you’ll be saddled with the task of getting the dead birds out, disposing of the carcasses appropriately, and dealing with a terrible stink.
Repellents are meant for sending pigeons away, nevertheless they rarely work because pigeons are intelligent enough to find a way around the repellents. Popular repellents are pigeon spikes, fake owl, gel repellents, sound emitters etc.
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