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Pigeon Trapping Tips

First, you need to buy a pigeon trap. There are many models on the market, but most are basically large cages, with one-way entry doors.

Next, you need to set the trap in the area with the problem pigeons. You might want to wire the doors of the trap open for a few days, and set bait - cracked corn works great - in the center of the trap, and get the pigeons acclimated to feeding in the trap. Once they are used to entering the trap for the bait, you can set the trap for real. Pro Tip: Once a first pigeon enters, more will follow.

What do you do with the pigeons once you've trapped them? Well, you may have heard that pigeons are moderately competent at finding their way back home. Like, over oceans and stuff. They can see magnetic fields or something. So you can't relocate them. That means you have to kill them, if you want to stop them from coming back.

Overall, it's my opinion that pigeon exclusion methods, using spikes, electric track, or preventative netting, are the best ways to keep pigeons away for good. Far better than trapping.

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Some people love to keep pigeons because they are smart, beautiful and in some cases even profitable. People will keep pigeons in pigeon coops and pigeon farms. You may not know it, but there are pigeon race competitions where people will release a pigeon away from their home and count the time it takes for the pigeon to return. Restaurants are serving pigeon as a delicacy and farms that raise pigeons are now making more and more money.

When these birds aren’t raised for pets they can become quite the nuisance, leaving droppings everywhere and causing damage to buildings. In this case they are no longer the source to relieve some stress; these pigeons are, in fact the cause of your stress. Because of this you may be looking for tips on how to trap them and if you are, you have come to the right place.

Live Traps
If you have a new pigeon problem, meaning that it started a month or two ago then you can use live traps as a way to trap the pigeons. These birds are very smart and that is why they have been trained and used by humans in many different situations from war time to the pigeon races. Because of this level of intelligence you must know what you are doing with a pigeon cage. The right bait is absolutely necessary and you can check when you purchase the cage what the best bait is. You also have to make sure that you conceal the cage to make sure that the bird does not mind going inside. Some of the best bait includes seeds that you may have purchased at your local supermarket. There is no need to get fancy when trapping pigeons.

Get Them Used to You
You will never trap the pigeons if they have no reason to come to you or into your trap. Fortunately that can be done by using corn every day. All that you have to do is get some corn and spread in the area where pigeons usually gather. When pigeons get used to the idea of getting food without actually having to hunt it or scavenge it they will keep coming back for more. Once you have them in the location every day, you want to put some of that same corn inside the cage. Now keep in mind that pigeons are fast, so you should get a trap that’s specifically designed for them. Getting another one could actually hurt the bird. These traps can be purchased at home and gardening stores everywhere and they are not harmful to the pigeons. It’s important to remove animals humanely in every situation possible.

They Will Keep Coming Back
Unless the pigeons have just found your place there is a very good chance that they will keep coming back. As mentioned before, some people make a living with pigeon races, which consists of releasing the bird and letting it find its roost. This means in addition to trapping and releasing the birds you will also need to consider what you will do to prevent them from making a roost out of your home a second time. There are many different deterrent options for pigeons. There are fences, netting and stakes that are safe and meant to keep the birds from being able to comfortably land. You will want to have a plan that uses a combination of trapping and deterrents to keep your home pigeon free.

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