They are seen by many as something of a nuisance, and when they are roosting around your home or place of business, it can very quickly become messy or even a health hazard to you, your family, or your customers.
Of course, this is talking about pigeons! While the birds themselves are relatively harmless, they can cause damage to property, and cars or, as mentioned before, introduce disease-bearing mites or ticks to your place of business or your home.
And while there is nothing wrong with getting a cat if the issue is at your home, this may not be so easy to do at your place of business! So, in this article, the best ways to keep pigeons away from your commercial property will be discussed.
One of the best ways to prevent pigeons from being attracted to your place of business is to put in anti-roosting spikes. These usually come in strips, and you can place them in strategic areas such as ledges or windowsills, which will deter the pigeons from landing. This is also one of the most affordable types of pest control for pigeons among the numerous options available.
It’s worth noting that pigeons thrive in the city because there are many flat ledges around windows and on building tops. So, if possible, it is wise to place sloping covers on any windowsills or ledges that surround your place of business. That way, the pigeons will have no balance and no flat services to build their nests on and will quickly move on.
Don’t Put Out Food
It sounds obvious, but don’t put out food for them! This also includes leaving waste uncovered at the back or front of your business, especially if you handle or make food. Be sure the bins and tips are covered securely, and do not allow pigeons or other pests to get access to any thrown-away edibles.
Seal Entry Points
If you have a commercial property that has an eave or an attic, you will need to seal the openings. Remember, the gap does not need to be large for a pigeon to squeeze through, so install metal wire mesh from the inside if possible. Also, be sure to block any chimneys or surround potential nesting areas with netting or mesh.
If you have particularly stubborn pigeons, the best thing you can do is call in experts. They will have the knowledge and experience on ways to humanity remove pigeons from your place of business and will be able to give you tips on how to prevent them from reappearing.
In some cases, if you are renting or purchasing a building that has got lots of eaves and entry points and you don’t have the money to seal them all up, it may be worth calling in a team that has access to a Harris hawk or another bird of prey. Yes, really! These birds are trained to fly around properties and are a natural deterrent for pigeons, and in some cases, they are more effective and affordable.