Pigeons are a staple of city living. However, many property owners do not want pigeons inside or around their buildings. Thankfully, there are many humane methods owners can follow to help keep pigeons out of their buildings. As a reminder, it is illegal in Pittsburgh to harm any wild bird, including pigeons, or to trap any wild bird unless you are a qualified and trained professional as defined by Ordinance No. 36 that HAP helped pass.
Make Flat Surfaces Less Appealing
Pigeons roost and nest on flat surfaces, so eliminating flat surfaces on your home or building is key. There are a number of products on the market to achieve this, such as Birdslides, which attach over window ledges and other flat surfaces at a 45-60 degree angle to keep pigeons from landing, and bird wires, which keep pigeons off ledges, railings, awnings, and rooftops. However, please note that we do not recommend using polybutylene gel or other sticky gel repellents that can harm birds and other wildlife.
Install a Motion-Activated Sprinkler
An unexpected spray of water is a humane and non-toxic way to get rid of pigeons.
Install a “Scare-Pigeon”
Pigeons are prey for larger raptors, such as falcons and hawks. Installing a life-like model of a pigeon’s predator may keep pigeons away. It is important that the model is 3D, life-size, and makes raptor movements and sounds. Additionally, scare-pigeons should be moved from time to time so pigeons do not see past the trick.
Use an Ultrasound Pigeon Repeller
Ultrasound pigeon repellers can help remove pigeons from your property by emitting bird distress calls and sounds that predators make.
Consider Creating Non-Nesting Ledges During Building Development
The pigeon is known as the “rock dove,” as it evolved by living on cliffs and recipes. This habitat is perfectly replicated by many stone cathedrals, apartment buildings, and narrow ledges of all kinds that are common in cities. When developing new buildings or building developments, please consider non-nesting ledges.
Please note, Humane Action Pittsburgh (HAP) is not a wildlife rescue and is unable to address concerns or assist with wildlife emergencies. Please utilize the resources on our website to find the appropriate organization to contact. Submissions to HAP through our contact form or email will not be able to be addressed.