Over the last year or two, my husband has put up bird wiring around the areas where the birds like to build nests and drop their droppings on our balcony. He is fighting a losing battle. Recently, a couple of very persistent pigeons have been flying in large quantities of twigs to make their dream home in our rafters.
Time to get involved in the pigeon versus man battle.
My first stop was Home Depot. I assumed that Home Depot would have what I needed. After all, this way-too-large high ceiling-ed warehouse has everything. As a matter of fact, Home Depot DID have what I needed, but they didn’t sell the product – they only use the product. Seems Home Depot has a problem with pigeons roosting on the beams and pipes on their ceilings. All of the landing spots were covered with pigeon spikes. It took me 45 minutes and many conversations with team members before I found out that Home Depot only sells this product online.
I never found pigeon spikes on the HD website, but I did find other sites that sell and describe in detail how to install pigeon spikes. After measuring my house’s pigeon-friendly spaces, I determined I needed 38 feet of pigeon spikes. This would cost about $200 plus installation, which is way over my budget for this project.
Other options to deter the pesky birds: noise makers, poison, and a shotgun. Nah! None of those are my style.
Sustainable gardener Yolanda Vanveen suggests some natural pigeon deterrents in a video. One of her suggestions is putting down spices like cinnamon, garlic or curry in the areas the birds congregate. My area is too windy for that. Most of the spices will end up blowing back into my house.
However, the wind that would blow away the spices may be the answer. I saw this stuff for sale called, Irri-tape pigeon scarer. It’s holographic tape that is supposed to scare away the birds. That got me to thinking…what if I just get some sparkly ribbons and wind twirlers and hang them where the pigeons like to hang out? I’m heading to the 99 Cent Only store to find some shiny stuff that moves in the wind. If it works, I’ll end up spending less than $10 on a project that started with a price tag of more than $200. I’ll keep you posted.
Any readers have personal experience in getting rid of pigeons?