How to Keep Pigeons Away

The earth's ecosystem would fall off kilter or balance if everyone simply got rid of everything that annoyed them, such as certain bugs and birds. Adapt an eco-friendlier approach to keeping pigeons -- as well as their mess and noise -- away from your outdoor space.

Pigeons commonly nest and search for food around farms, parks, city buildings and homes.

You have numerous options that don’t require inhumane practices. Put one or two of them into use and enjoy a droppings-free environment.

  1. Set lifelike hawk, falcon or owl decoys in areas where pigeons gather. The sight of natural predators can help to scare off the more timid birds.

  2. Hook up a weather-resistant, bird-deterring sound system as a disincentive to pigeons. Set the appliance on patios, in the yard or any large, open outdoor space. Plug the system into a 110-volt outlet or insert batteries. Program the setting to repel pigeons by following the manufacturer’s instructions on the screen, product directions or packaging. Depending on the product, the sound system may replay the sounds of natural predators or distress or warning calls of the chosen bird at regular interval. The aim is to chase that species from the vicinity.

  3. Grease surfaces where pigeons land with petroleum jelly to create a slippery, unpleasant roost.

  4. Place bulky objects, such as planters, window boxes or statues with an unsuitable design for perching upon, wherever pigeons flock.

  5. Run a few lengths of wire parallel in between window frames to create an unfavorable place to land. Form masts or posts to string the wires above a roofline and run along ledges using doweling.

  6. Mount bird spikes or spiny strips over rooflines, ledges or windowsills to deter birds from landing. Stainless steel bird spikes are available online and in some hardware stores. Attach the spiny strips to surfaces with glue, caulking, nails or screws. Alternatively, design your own bird roosting disincentive. For example, insert finishing nails with the points facing up through wide strips of duct tape facing down to place where pigeons normally land or nest.

  7. Refrain from feeding pigeons and don't leave food outdoors.

  8. Secure garbage containers using tight-fitting lids.

  9. Screen off rooftop air conditioners to restrict access to standing water that pigeons can drink from.

  10. Block access to roosts, such as roof overhangs and dormers, with plastic or nylon netting or rust-proof screens.

  11. Create an angle of more than 45 degrees atop ledges or railings where the birds usually sit using styrofoam, wood, sheet metal or stone.

  12. Tip

    As a humane gesture, avoid employing any deterring methods until after all species of baby birds have left surrounding nests.


    Adhesives and oils, such as duct tape, glue and petroleum jelly. could mar or stain some surfaces.