The most important part of any pigeon control program is making sure
pigeons can't nest.
To stop pigeons from nesting you have to exclude pigeons
access to any and all desirable nesting sites.
When all of the possible nesting sites have been
treated or excluded, you should realize about
an 85% or 90% chance
that the birds will give up and move on.
Then when you treat all the possible spots on which a pigeons or
birds can roost or
odds increase to well over 99%
Sometimes a bird will just get
stubborn and not leave for a while or will build a nest just out in the
open which is totally against their nature but for some unknown reason we
occasionally run into a bird like that and then more extreme measures will
need to be taken.
Pigeon Control and Bird Control,
Deterrent, Exclusion Products
There are many bird control, exclusion and abatement
products, materials and devices on the market today, some work and some are a
waste of money.
Some times a product that is very good but is
used the wrong way or against the wrong type of bird fails, that's why a
professional installer like Arizona Wings N' Stings is your best solution to
solving your bird control or pigeon control problems quickly and effectively,
which will save you time, frustration and money in the long run.
Quite a number of options exist for managing or preventing nuisance pigeons and
birds from nesting or roosting on residential or commercial buildings and
different types of structures.
Controlling pigeons and other birds on the exterior surfaces of buildings often requires
quiet a considerably amount of effort. The most effective and permanent methods of control
involve structural modifications which either physically excludes the birds or pigeons from
the preferred surface or making it difficult for the birds to rest comfortably
on the exposed building surfaces.
Physical exclusion can be accomplished by
installing weather resistant netting, wire screening, sheet metal, or other
materials in a manner that will restrict access to the roosting or nesting
Here is a basic list and overview of what you may see installed on homes and building
Bird spike comes in a number of
different styles to fit all sorts of ledges and build outs of building and
other structures. Stainless steel spikes are the best for long lasting use,
they are not sharp but are long enough that pigeons and other larger birds
can't stand on them.
|| Gutter spike is installed on the leading
edges of the gutter to help prevent pigeons from sitting on the edge of the
gutter or nesting inside the gutter which pigeons will do if given the
Another option is to close off
the tops of the gutter and eliminate the nesting.
|| Post and Wire systems
are great for parapet wall ledges and window ledges where you do not want to
see the product. Post and Wire systems create an unstable landing area for
pigeons and larger birds. Best used on parapets and ledges to keep pigeons
off, not on roof ridges where the bird just sits below the wire - shock
track is a better and effective option. Don't buy into these
companies that put up big I bolts on the roof ridges and then run
fishing line from post to post - it will last about as long as it
takes for your check to clear.
||Bird Coils come in 4" or 6" and look
like a slinky stretched out on the parapet wall. Bird coils are designed for
pigeons that land on the parapet wall and when they land on the coils it
creates an unstable surface by folding over under the birds weight and
scaring off the bird.
|| Gels are applied to
surface where birds land, when the bird steps on the gel it is very sticky
and the birds will avoid the area. Problems - only a short term
solution, the gel gets dirty, feathers, poop and small birds can get stuck in it
and then die or in hot weather the gels run and create other messes.
We do not use any gels at the current time,
and you shouldn't either. There are some newer gels on the market that
are showing promise with clean up though.
covers a 5' circular area, is designed to keep birds off A/C units, chimneys and other places where pigeons are a problem by spinning
around continuously during the day light hours. When birds try to land they get hit with the antennas that stick out,
larger 110v units are available for billboards and large coverage areas.
Daddy Long Leggs are used on Ac units,
streetlights, boats and other locations where pigeons fly onto. The small
wire rods are stainless steel and rotate in the breeze and wave menacingly,
interfering with the birds as they attempt to land. The units are
inconspicuous from short distances and practically invisible from 25' or
Bird netting comes in several
different materials, sizes, colors and is used for exclusion of birds from a
variety of locations that are enclosed or semi-enclosed. Net sizes are 3/4"
for sparrows & swallows, 1 1/8" for starlings & blackbirds, 2" for pigeons
and larger birds. Netting is usually attached to a cable system to hold the
netting in place. zipper or net clips can be used to get into the netting
void if needed.
Bird shock systems provide a low voltage shock to the birds when they come in contact with the
wires, Very similar to a dog shock fence. Shock track is usually run on ridge top areas of the roof, along parapet
walls of other areas pigeons and larger birds like to land or roost. Chargers for the units come in a solar powered charger or units that
can plug into the 110v wall outlet. This product is very effective and comes in a variety of styles and
materials that can fit on most any building or structures.
Bird Slope or
Bird Slide is used to create a 45% angle that pigeons
can't stand on because of the slick slope.
slope can also be used upside down to break up the angle that swallows
need to build their nests.
- Can be used in open spaces to clean out
pigeons and other birds from open air patios and eating areas.
There are now several different styles and
models to chose from.
is safe and humane for all types of birds and is safe to use around
humans and pets.
OvoControl P -
Contraceptive bait for pigeons and
Reduce the resident
population of pigeons around your facility by stopping the breeding
cycle and used along with live trapping can reduce the flock down
This is a very reliable way of reducing the
current resident population of pigeons from most sites as long as there
is a flat or slightly pitched roof available to place the trap on.
Many times trapping can greatly reduce a very large flock
of pigeons down to
just a few in a number of months, depending on access and feeding habits
of the birds.
Balloons and Tapes - These items may work for
about a day or two, but generally are a waste of money. Woodpeckers
sometimes are scared by these devices for a little while but not usually
Woodpecker Scare spider -These spiders look
like a Halloween toy, but are very effective in scaring the woodpeckers
away. The spiders are battery powered, are about 10" across and are
sound activated - when the woodpecker starts drumming around the spider,
it drops down about 2' making a noise which scares the woodpecker away.
Then the spiders moves it's legs and climbs back up the rope to reset
for the next woodpecker to return. A low cost method of woodpecker
mechanical propeller device has been designed to deter pigeons, crows, seagulls
or any other birds from landing or perching on surfaces that are controlled by
REPELLER is a lightweight propeller device that
rotates at 30 RPM. The Repeller consists of two 6 foot fiberglass rods rotating
in a 12 foot circle. The Repeller is powered by a 110 VAC motor that is housed
in a 4 x 6 inch weather resistant metal box with attached mounting bracket.
Door - The use of sliding screen doors can be used to
keep birds out of warehouse areas and still allow fresh air to circulate
along with being able to see out the screen from the inside.
Stand Off brackets are mounted on the corners of the unit and support a
perimeter cable approximately 2 feet above and 2 feet out from the outside edge
of the unit. Two additional cables are installed diagonally from the end of each
standoff support arm (corner to corner) to support the standoff arms and to
provide support to the net in the middle of the unit, this insures that the net
will not sag down onto the equipment
smaller units a cable tension system holds the standoff brackets securely in
place allowing installation without penetration of the HVAC unit with screws.
Adding two sheet metal screws per corner adds strength. Larger units with spans
greater than 10 feet should have sheet metal screws used to fasten the standoff
to the unit.
The protective net is net ringed to the supporting perimeter
cable and down the corner seams. The weighted line is also net ringed securely
to the bottom of the net to insure a clean and tight installation. A zipper can
be installed in the net to allow access to the interior of the protection
system. In the second example described here a 6' zipper is installed that
allows easy access for maintenance.
Bird Control System
compressed air and movement sensors to scare away the birds as they approach the
area protected by The Birdblaster units.
The above information is an overview of some of the different products that
can be used in bird control, many other options are also available depending on
the bird problem and the type of location the pest birds are at.
Most of the products listed above are best left to the professionals
like Arizona Wings N' Stings since even the best products in the world that is
installed incorrectly won't give the desired results - it's not the product ,
but the way it's installed.
Call us today and see how we can help you with you pest bird problems.