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Pigeon control…Humane solutions that work

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Who hasn't fed a flock of eager bobbing-headed pigeons at the park? Or chased them into a tree? The honest truth is, we've had a love-hate relationship with our grey-feathered friends since they first landed on a statue or church tower.

If you're a home or boat owner, or a facilities manager for a warehouse, airport, park, zoo, government or commercial building, the pest pigeon has undoubtedly cost you time and money. Which is not surprising, since your typical pigeon deposits roughly 25 pounds of poop annually. And you've learned, through rather painful experience, just how damaging pigeon poop can be.

It can ruin a painted surface, permanently scar wood and metal, even reduce concrete and expensive stonework into something resembling a coral reef. The only way to rid a surface of pigeon waste is to blast it off with powerful (and very expensive) boom lifts and steam hoses. Pigeon Damage in America has risen to the tune of well over $1 billion annually. Worse yet, more and more people are becoming aware of the many health risks associated with pigeon waste. We now know that the bacteria, fungi and parasites that live and grow in pigeon droppings can carry and transmit any of 60 known diseases. Even the fleas, mites and ticks that bury themselves in pigeons can carry a number of diseases.

If you're like most people who have been victimized by pest pigeons, you long for a solution. Relax. There are many. Each is effective, humane and easy to install and use.

Perhaps the most effective pigeon control device ever invented is the Bird Spike. This deterrent has saved many a sign, storefront, warehouse and commercial building from costly cleanups and repairs. Ideal for rooftops, awnings, girders, ledges, and just about anywhere pigeons try to land, the array of spikes coming out of these strips are a powerful persuader in convincing pigeons to move on. The longest lasting spikes are made of stainless steel, others have rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate spikes. Either way, the spikes won’t harm birds. When installing the spiked strips (some can be glued down, others can be tied or nailed down), they're usually positioned to cover an entire ledge and to seal off corners and open sides. This is done to prevent some smart pigeon from sneaking around the strip.

The most entertaining pigeon control device is the Bird Slope. The slippery, angled PVC panels keep pigeons from getting a solid footing when they try to land. They just slide off doing a 'Road Runner' with their legs. Ideal for beams, ledges, eaves, and other 90-degree nooks and crannies where pigeons tend to nest and roost, the panels are available in a variety of colors to blend into a structure's aesthetics. Installation is a snap as they can be glued to any surface or screwed to wood. One suggestion: opt for UV stabilized polycarbonate panels that retain their color and last longer.

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