How To Deter Pigeons Away From Your Property
Having trouble with pesky pigeons occupying your space? Wondering how to deter pigeons away from your home? Here at Direct, we have almost 20 years of experience in dealing with pigeons and ensuring they never take residence anywhere in or around your home. As experts in the field, we are also the original inventors of solar panel pigeon proofing technology, which has proven immensely popular in the UK! Here in this guide, you will find all the information about pigeon nesting, so you never have to wonder how to keep pigeons away from your property.
Where Do Pigeons Nest?
Whilst this is a perfectly valid question you might be asking yourself, unfortunately, it’s more likely a case of where do pigeons DON’T nest. When googling “where do pigeons nest?”, you are more than likely to find a hundred different websites, all telling you different locations on where pigeons have a habit of nesting. Sometimes referred to as flying rats in bigger cities such as New York, pigeons share some similar characteristic traits to rats. This refers mainly to the fact that Pigeons, just like rats, will eat just about anything to survive, as well as the fact that they can nest just about anywhere, as long as it’s off the ground. This means that your trees, roof, fence posts, window sills and other high places on your property are all at risk for a pigeons nest.
So, what does that mean about where do pigeons nest and how to keep pigeons away? Pigeons, just like rats, love to nest in dark and warm places, hence why they are so often seen under solar panels, which not only get hot from absorbing light all day, they also create the perfect shaded area and rain cover under them, providing prime real estate for pigeons, and rodents to reside. This is why your roof and your solar panels are in danger, and it’s very important to keep on top of maintenance and squashing and potential infestation which might occur.
Where Else Do Pigeons Nest?
Your roof is not the only place pigeons can reside, however, as they often also make nests in trees, shaded jetties or alleyways, under marquees or any canopy which is dark and quiet. They might even squeeze through a small opening in your roof or shed, invading your personal space! This in turn would make the situation of how to deter pigeons a whole lot more complicated. So, now that you know all the different places around your property where pigeons can nest, it’s also important to know:
When Do Pigeons Nest?
This question, unfortunately, has a less than happy answer. A matter of fact is, Pigeons are always active and nest all year round, according to DP’s pest calendar. This might be a disappointing answer for you wondering how to deter pigeons and when, however, don’t feel defeated just yet, there is hope! What you should take away from this information, is that now is just as good a time as any to try and deter pigeons from your property, so don’t wait, act now and follow our tips on how to deter pigeons!
When thinking about how to keep pigeons away and when you should act, ask yourself “when do pigeons nest most often?”. If you live in an area that is about to get a whole lot colder because of the impending autumn and winter, you should know that pigeons do not migrate south for winter, so they will be looking to nest anywhere that is warm enough. This means the time for action is now, and you should definitely take steps to prevent this from happening! Here are a few steps to follow when thinking about how to keep pigeons out of your garden, as well as your home!
How To Keep Pigeons Away From Your Home:
- Make sure to clear up any rubbish, grime and twigs which may be lying on top of your roof, solar panels, gutters or window sills. This is done to prevent pigeons from having easy access to nest-building materials in those places!
- Don’t leave your food bin open, or close to your home, as this will attract pigeons and other birds under your solar panels!
- Seal off any potential nooks and crannies around the outside of your house, and especially around your loft.
- Regularly check your loft for signs of an infestation, such as bird feathers!
How To Keep Pigeons Out Of Your Garden:
- Make sure you do not clutter your garden, as this attracts dirt, leaves and other building materials for pigeons to use!
- Dispose of any food properly, and put your rubbish bags in the bin. Don’t leave them outside, especially when they have food in, as this will attract pigeons!
- Regularly sweep your garden, to avoid leaving any debris up that the pigeons can eat/use for nesting.
- Regularly check for signs of pigeons nesting on nearby trees or roofs, check for noise, bird feathers, check the ground for bird faeces etc. If you spot an advanced infestation or multiple different infestations, don’t hesitate to contact Direct Pest, as they know how to keep pigeons out of your garden!
If you have solar panels, you should definitely invest in our solar panel bird proofing service, as it is the only service that will deter pigeons for good from nesting under your panels. The cost of installation is very low and affordable, compared to the damage and headache the pigeons can cause!
What Happens If I don’t know how to deter pigeons away?
If you spot pigeons on your doorstep, you might not think it’s a big deal at first. Pigeons by themselves are not harmful when just passing by. They come and go as they are looking for food and shelter. The trouble, however, starts when you start seeing the same pigeons constantly near your property. This likely means they have scouted out a potential food source or nesting location nearby and will invite themselves onto your roof or garden in search of food, or to set up the aforementioned nest. As much of a red flag as this would be for us, we wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t pay much attention to it, however, we guarantee that wouldn’t last for long.
The reason we say this is due to the noise level coming from a pigeons nest. If a pigeon has set up residence on your roof or somewhere nearby, it will create a constant annoyance for you and your neighbours, preventing you from getting quality sleep and living in peace and quiet. This is just the beginning of your troubles, however, as pigeons who are on your roof can cause some serious damage, as mentioned earlier. If you own solar panels and didn’t pigeon proof them, pigeons will move in.
How Much Damage Can Pigeons Cause?
Pigeons will scratch your panels, fray your wires and spread dirt and faeces all over the panels, drastically reducing their efficiency and even breaking them in some cases. This would require expensive repair, which is completely avoidable if you invest in solar panel bird proofing! This seriously ensures that pigeons won’t settle anywhere near your property, saving your panels and your money! Our pigeon proofing mesh also comes with a 10-year warranty, so in the very unlikely scenario of pigeons or bad weather breaking your mesh, we will come and fix it ASAP!
Here at Direct Solar Care, we are proud to be the nation’s favourite experts in solar panel installation, cleaning and pigeon proofing. When you spot pigeons on your panels, get in touch with us today and we will sort it for you! Satisfaction guaranteed.