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Pigeons

Urban Wildlife - PigeonMost pigeons in the City are semi-wild. While they give pleasure to people who like to watch or feed them, large numbers in one area can cause public complaints.

By diminishing or limiting the number of roosting and nesting places and the amount of food available, their numbers can be reduced. Those remaining will move on to places where they can still find food and shelter. 


Pigeons are attracted to:

  • People feeding them
  • Improperly stored garbage
  • Sheltered places and nesting areas, such as roof overhangs, balconies, ledges, sills, ornate decorations on buildings and bridge overpasses.

Methods for pigeon proofing:

  • Remove all nests and newly-laid eggs as they appear
  • Remove all excrement from the affected areas and wash the areas with a mild bleach solution
  • Cover and wire off holes or other visible areas of shelter to prevent reinfestation
  • Cover bird feeders or temporarily remove them from the yard
  • Spray pigeons with water from a garden hose
  • Install plastic or wooden birds of prey near roosting area or use reflective tape, devices or foil balloons to scare the pigeons away
  • Repair broken windows and screens
  • Close off accesses to attics
  • Use wire mesh, plastic netting or pull-down blinds to keep pigeons off balconies and ledges from landings
  • Install thin, invisible wire or heavy transparent fishing line approximately three inches above roosting ledges. When landing, the birds strike the invisible line, become startled, and fly away
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