It's futile. As some great warrior once said: "The penis is mightier than
the sword," by which he meant that your enemy can breed faster than you can
That said, there is a certain satisfaction by stacking up the bodies. To be
effective, you must consider their milieu. For example, one NY taxi driver
worked out a system whereby he would slow down as he approached a pigeon,
then stomp on the accelerator. The pigeon thought the taxi was going to give
him the right-of-way and was lulled into a sense of complacency. As a
result, the taxi got too close for the pigeon to respond to the taxi's
surge. The cab driver giggled like a little girl, removed the pigeon from
the grillwork, and added another silhouette to the front fender.
Obviously the taxi-driver's technique won't work on 34th-story window ledge.
There are several techniques here:
But the list is not exhaustive. It does not include, for example, pet hawks
or even paper-mache owls.
My favorite is a bolt-action .22 rifle with sub-sonic bullets; it's nearly
When I was a kid, my father used to shoot pigeons and was just as likely to
add them to the menu as he was the pheasants, rabbits, etc. My wife
wouldn't have anything to do with cooking them as she grew up on a farm and
thought of them as vermin. One day I was out by the landlords barn and shot
a pigeon. I got the bright idea of cleaning it and taking it in and telling
her that I had just managed to shoot a quail. Well, OK, she'd cook that
for me but wasn't going to eat it, herself. I tell you that was the
nastiest tasting, toughest old bird I'd ever ate. It was some years before
I told her of the joke I played on her...errr, myself.
My father tried one time to get the squirrel out of his bird
feeded. He did trap and release. He describes it as trying
ot make a hole in the ocean by bailing from one side of the
boat to another.
Your description is excellent, also.
Build a bird house with one way doors. My cousin did this when he got
tired of them pooping on his car. Each hole in the house had a tube of
chicken wire behind it . The pigeons could fly in but they couldnt get
out. He set it on top of the 4 story building he worked in and it only
took a couple of months to get rid of all the pigeons. The city had
tried to get rid of them because they were becoming a health hazard
and ruining the buildings using poisons, fake owls. I think he made
the thing out of paper mache sprayed with enamel paint to water proof
I know you are a smart reasonable man. It's just that I am smarter and more
reasonable (and experienced with pigeons).
So, here's my take on being a contractor where I was called on for pigeon
First major point is that killing them is not the answer. If you could
miraculously eliminate EVERY SINGLE pigeon there now, more would move back
in by sunset tomorrow.
Three things are necessary.
ONE Remove all nests and nestlings from wherever they are now. Parents
will always come back to babies, and new couples will be attracted to the
scent of nests.
TWO Clean as much as you can the nesting area, using bleach, 409, Soylent
Green, Whatever you can use that will clean somewhat, but not leave big
streaks that are more unsightly then the nests.
THREE Block off the nesting areas. Netting, hardware cloth, sheet metal,
whatever. They really do not want a perch, which only makes them pests for
the day. They want nesting sites that make them pests for weeks. They're
I have gotten rid of major infestations of pigeons. If you study pigeon
behavior, it is the nesting part of it that is the lynchpin. Eliminate
that, and you may have some stopping by for a while (and that will diminish
with time), but the nest is the KEY element. Block off the access to the
nests, and the pigeons will go elsewhere. It can be a PITA and a couple of
weeks work, but two years down the line, and you look up there, and there's
no pigeons, you will know you did the right thing. THEY'RE NOT LOOKING FOR
A PERCH, THEY'RE LOOKING FOR AN APARTMENT.
MHO from years of dealing with pigeons. YMMV, let me know how it works.
This may not be germane, but when SWMBO and I were in Quebec City about
six years ago we learned that they were aiming at keeping the pigeon
population under control with feeding stations containing food which
didn't kill the pigeons, but made them sterile so they couldn't breed
I have no idea if it worked or not.
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