How to Kill Pigeons Humanely in the UK

There are many solutions to a pigeon problem, one of which is finding a method of humanely killing them. Pigeons cause health problems and building damage so, understandably, you may be in a position where hiring a pest control company to kill the pigeons on your roof or any other area is a desirable option – and seem like your only choice.

Pigeons in the street

Lots of the time it is unnecessary to kill pigeons, humanely or otherwise, so it is quite possible to find a non-lethal solution. Pigeons are complicated creatures but have simple behaviours that it is possible to manipulate, so guiding them away from harm’s way can be a viable option. Other potential options include using ultrasonic sound devices, which emit an unpleasant beeping noise that only the birds can hear.

Pigeons cause legitimate problems, and sometimes these can be quite serious. For example, pigeon poop can have a dramatic effect on the health of both people and pets. If you are looking to kill the birds in the most humane way possible we will now discuss some methods. We are experts in a range of pest and bird control solutions, so get in touch with us for a solution bespoke to you.

What Are the Best Solutions for Killing Pigeons?

There are several ways of killing pigeons humanely. The main two methods are shooting and poisoning. Here we will discuss the benefits of each:

Shooting Pigeons

On some occasions, we will recommend a controlled pigeon shoot for effective results. We use professionally trained marksmen that have a proven level of reliability and accuracy. All marksmen operate with full safety training.

All of the methods we use are in keeping with the regulations for humanely shooting pigeons, according to the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act. We quickly and thoroughly collect the pigeons from the site after shooting.

An air rifle on a shooting range

Benefits of shooting pigeons include the following:

  • Quick and fast: Culling pigeons in this way is considered humane according to the regulations because it is a very quick process. The birds feel minimal pain and it also provides instant results.
  • Cheap and easy: The process of shooting pigeons is generally very fast. There is no need for marksmen to scale awkward structures where an infestation is taking place or elaborate equipment to set up.

There are some drawbacks of shooting pigeons, and it may not be possible in all cases. The main issue is that shooting is not permitted in certain areas. Areas of dense population are generally harder locations to shoot pigeons, meaning another option may be necessary.

Poisoning Pigeons

If you are looking to kill pigeons humanely and effectively then poison may be a suitable option for you. Poison works by giving the poison to the pigeons in certain target areas, such as a problem nesting or roof space.

Benefits of poisoning pigeons include the following:

  • Speed of onset: While you will never get as solid as a reaction as shooting, poisoning pigeons is still very quick. The pigeons ingest the poison and die after a short time frame, which may vary depending on the poison.
  • Suitable for many problems: Using poison is possible over both large and small areas, so it is a good option for most spaces. Once a pigeon problem stops or reduces you can remove the remaining poison.

Again, there are drawbacks to this method of killing pigeons. The risk of selecting a non-pest animal (or simply an animal presence you’re not targeting for control) is quite high. It is also possible for the poison not to work effectively, another drawback is the presence of dead and dying pigeons.

Trapping Pigeons

It is possible to trap pigeons for euthanasia or removal. Traps are a specialist form of pigeon control and require sophisticated traps and expert handling, but it is worth the effort. Our bird trapping services can disperse up to 70% of a pigeon population. 

Pigeon against urban roofscape

Benefits of bird trapping include:

  • Immediate Results: Trapping is very effective and will work well in situations where large populations of pigeons are present. The results will be immediately noticeable.
  • Highly targeted: You can select just the individual pigeons you want to target, which is a very handy benefit. Doing this can encourage less dominant species of birds to repopulate after removing the pigeons.

There are a few drawbacks to trapping, namely that they can become wary of the traps. It can also be problematic for areas with a high amount of people, and you have to use another humane form of euthanasia after trapping.

Humanely Killing Pigeons: Should You Do It?

If you are wondering how to kill pigeons then you might ask yourself if it is necessary to do so at all, and whether there might be a more effective method available. Our company can provide the most appropriate advice and offer you a cost-effective solution.

Bird spikes, bird netting and pigeon repellents such as reflective surfaces are all good ways to deter pigeons without harming them and may work well in your case.

We are one of the best pest control companies in the midlands and have many areas of expertise. As leaders in delivering a range of bird control solutions, including killing them when necessary, we can help provide the best option. Get in touch today.

Anti-pigeon netting

FAQs And Useful Information

The following are some common questions and useful information about killing pigeons and the services provide:

What is the Best Bird Poison?

The best pigeon poisons quickly and painlessly kill the pigeons, but it is difficult to recommend the best poison. The choice of poison will depend on the level of your pigeon problem, the area where you are trying to control the birds and the type of bird you are trying to control. You should always use a reliable provider and pest control company that has experience with using the best, most humane poisons possible.

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    How to Get Rid of Pigeons on Rooftops: The 6 Best Methods and Home Remedies

    Pigeon poop and noise will cause a lot of issues – notably disturbances to residents from their frequent calls and health concerns from their droppings. As a result, removing pigeons from a roof or other space is not just desirable but essential. However, some methods of handling pigeons are more effective in some spaces than others. Methods that work in an open field may not work on a roof, for example.

    Pigeons on a tiled roof

    There are two primary methods of getting rid of pigeons humanely and naturally on a roof. You can repel pigeons or scare them away. The best bird repellents will teach pigeons that an area is out of bounds and, as a communal species, groups will continue to communicate this with one another over several generations. You can also deter pigeons from landing in the first place. Bird deterrents work by scaring pigeons from the area and stopping them landing in the first place.

    Here, we will identify how to get rid of pigeons on roof spaces in particular. All methods of removing pigeons from the area in this list are harm-free and will simply persuade birds to nest or perch somewhere else. As leading experts in pest and bird control in the UK, we have the knowledge and expertise to recommend the most effective methods. 

    Please feel free to contact us for a professional method of getting rid of pigeons on a roof or any other space.


    We are experts on how to get rid of pigeons in many settings and one of the fundamental aspects of pigeon control is identifying potential roosting areas. There is no point in trying a method of pigeon control in the wrong place, so it is a crucial first step. 

    Pigeons are attracted to specific areas within a roof. These may also extend to balcony railings and window sills, but on a roof space specifically you will find solar panels, guttering or any decorative roof awnings and overhangs provide excellent nooks and crannies where pigeons can roost.

    Bird feeders will provide an excellent food source for pigeons, so they will definitely consider the roof spaces nearby to be ideal roosting areas. If you have a bird feeder outside of a shed or nearby a low roof in your house, this is a potential area.

    Identifying roosting areas is the first step. After identifying the roosting areas you can try the following pigeon control methods, all of which work particularly well for roofs.

    1: Gel Repellents

    Two pigeons in winter

    Bird gels are entirely natural and non-toxic, they simply smell and taste unpleasant to the pigeons. Gels can also give off an ultraviolet glow to the pigeons, which resembles flames – so it warns them off from nesting or landing in the first place.

    Bird repellent gels are excellent because they cover a lot of bases and repel pigeons in terms of sight, smell and taste – which means they pack a lot of punch into a small package. Bird gels are also a very cost-effective option.

    Gels are effective bird repellents and are available in little pots that you can strategically place in roosting areas. Many gels pots also come with magnetic undersides, so you can affix them to the sides of pipes or other metallic surfaces.

    2: Ultrasonic Devices

    If you are looking for a technological solution to get rid of pigeons on a roof, or any targeted area, then ultrasonic sound machines are a good option. These devices emit a distressing sound wave frequency to the pigeons, which a human is unable to hear.

    Ultrasonic devices have the advantage of being very small and compact, they also will not smell or have any impact on humans. It is entirely possible to think they are not even doing anything – were it not for the light indicator that most have.

    Placing ultrasonic devices can be difficult in high-level roofs, as they need to be in a location in direct proximity to the roosting areas. With proper placement ultrasonic sound waves are an effective way of dispersing pigeons on a roof.

    3: Reflective Surfaces

    Pigeons do not like reflecting light or mirrored surfaces. As a result, it is possible to ward off pigeons by putting mirrors, aluminium foil and other shiny objects nearby to the roof spaces where they congregate. Many options are DIY and work as home remedies.

    Reflective surfaces are a fairly low tech solution that most people can try at home. If you have a flat roof then placing a mirror on it is quite an easy and safe option. You can also use tin foil and old cans on pitched roof areas to deter pigeons away.

    If you are having trouble locating the roosting areas you can use hanging mirrors, an old CD will work well, to ensure you have a reflective surface that moves and spins in the wind. Doing this will ensure maximum reflectivity over a large area.

    4: Anti-roosting Spikes

    Four square public light pole with bird spikes

    One of the most effective ways to get rid of pigeons within a roof space is to install anti-roosting spikes. Anti-roosting spike strips will make roofs much less appealing for pigeons to perch or roost, as they do not have the necessary space to move between the spikes or build their nests.

    Anti-roosting spikes require expert spacing and proper installation for them to be effective, especially at high levels. This is why all of our bird spike installers have training in working at height and are also IPAF, IRATA and CSCS qualified.

    You might think that roosting spikes will affect the look of your roof, but they are very thin and hard to see – especially from a distance. Bird spikes are an extremely fast-acting and low-maintenance method to get rid of pigeons in a roof space.

    5: Decoys and Pigeon Scarers

    Taking advantage of the natural flight instincts that pigeons have is another way to effectively get rid of them from a roof. By using decoys, in the shape of falcons and many other predatory bird species, it is possible to trick pigeons into believing that a source of danger is nearby.

    You can make use of purpose-built decoys that look very realistic, but there are also DIY ways you can use the pigeon’s natural responses to your advantage. Pigeons will respond to spherical shapes so you can try coloured balls on sticks.

    Decoys will make an impact on specific problem areas of a roof, but you should remember that there are some issues if you are trying to cover a large space. The further away a predator is, decoy or real, the less of a threat the pigeons will find it.

    6: Bird Netting

    For an instant response then you can install bird netting across the affected area of a roof. Using bird netting is a way of completely shielding a space from pigeons and many other larger birds – including seagulls and starlings. Netting also works very well on high levels.

    One advantage of bird netting is that you can navigate awkward shapes quite easily, so roofs with multiple pitches or protruding windows can benefit from the same levels of protection. At high levels, bird netting will require expert installers.

    Using bird netting works on larger areas and will make it easier to completely remove even a very extensive pigeon infestation from big roof spaces. It will  also have a lasting result, as properly installed bird netting is very low maintenance.

    Other DIY Tips and Home Remedies

    It can be frustrating and confusing to figure out how to get rid of pigeons on a roof space, but there are several home remedies you can try. See the following tips and test to see if a small pigeon problem will improve with these methods:

    Metal wind chimes
    • Strong smelling sprays: Try putting a spray with a spicy pepper or herb mix, such as cayenne pepper and cinnamon, into a mixture of water and vinegar before coating the roof area. Pigeons hate foul or strong smells.
    • Nest removal: If you find a nest in your roof then simply removing it can encourage the pigeons to find another roosting area. Pigeons do not like human interaction and will see the removal as a reason to nest elsewhere.
    • Wind chimes: A roof is usually susceptible to a large amount of wind, so you can take advantage of a pigeons reaction to noise. Hanging wind chimes will provide a steady noise disturbance to deter pigeons off a roof.

    Sometimes pigeon issues will respond well to home remedies, so it is worth trying these if you are unsure of the scale of the problem or the disturbances are only minor. However, in some cases, a professional solution will be necessary.

    How to Get Rid of Pigeons on Roof Spaces Permanently

    Many pigeon control solutions are available for people to try on a roof, and most will have some effectiveness no matter the scale of the problem. However, pigeons may return when using any of the above methods that require ongoing maintenance.

    To reliably get rid of perching or nesting pigeons on a roof or other space permanently it may be necessary to seek out a professional method of intervention. 

    As experts in a variety of bird control solutions in the UK we can help, so please get in touch with us today for a free quote.



      Pigeons roosting on cable

      Nesting pigeons and other birds can cause a lot of disruption for homeowners and commercial property owners. Birds can cause noise, excessive mess from droppings, and damage when making their nests in a roof space or balcony. Problems can include damp and potential health issues. However, many excellent pigeon deterrents can alleviate the problem and improve your quality of life.

      Possible solutions for pigeon problems include spikes, ultrasonic sound devices, anti-bird gels, trapping and guards to place on areas where birds are likely to nest. Many solutions are simple enough for people to install themselves, and there are a lot of options that are suitable for most settings – including various types of roof, balconies and external walls. A lot of the time a combination approach is the best way to go, as you can then use a multi-pronged deterrent that covers all bases.

      Most pigeon deterrents are suitable for DIY and do not come with a huge expense, but some of the more severe pigeon problems may require professional intervention. Bird control is a big issue, and AMES Group are experts in dealing with many types of pest control including pigeons – larger birds and small birds will respond similarly to the deterrents we suggest. 

      Get in touch with our pest control team today for a free quote.


      Bird control can be an issue in any building, particularly those with pitched roofs and other areas where there is a desirable nesting space – such as underneath solar panels. However, pigeon nests can be a problem on flat surfaces as well – and can cause issues for balconies and window sills too. 

      Feral pigeons and other types of birds seek an area with plenty of shelter from the weather, as well as poorly-lit spaces, and can squeeze into very tight little nooks and crannies. As a result, they can nest in almost any space if the opportunity is there.

      The following pigeon deterrent solutions will work in most settings:


      If you are looking for a swift solution then choosing to install bird spikes is a good option. The main idea of a bird spike is to prevent roosting, but they also discourage perching and greatly reduce the issues of bird droppings.

      Advantages of bird spikes include the following:

      • Low-cost: Pigeons are a big problem in UK towns and cities as well as more rural locations, so extensive control is commonly required. Bird spikes are very cost-effective, making them a great choice for larger roof spaces.
      • Unobtrusive appearance: A clear advantage of bird spikes is that they are so thin that they are barely visible, particularly at long distances. If you have a space where the look of a deterrent will be an issue then spikes work well.
      • Harmless to birds: Spikes might look dangerous to a human, but they do no damage to pigeons or other types of bird. The slim stainless steel spikes simply stop the birds from roosting or perching and are not very sharp.

      You need to be careful with spacing, as placing bird spikes too far away can allow pigeons to build nests between them – in this case, bird spikes may even assist the birds in making more stable and comfortable nests.

      City pigeons in the street


      A very effective type of pigeon control is trapping. The idea is that you disrupt the pigeon community, which relies heavily on social order, and the birds then repopulate in new communities elsewhere. It is a form of alternative bird control.

      The reasons to pursue pigeon trapping include the following:

      • Fast disruption: With a professionally-made trapping program you can easily displace up to 70% of a pigeon community. After trapping is complete the community will take over 18 months on average to recover.
      • Humane dispatching: Traps will not harm the birds at all, and it is possible to release them humanely in areas where they will not cause disruption. Traps are also discreet and strategically placed for the best results.
      • Removal after trapping: Spikes can look unsightly and ultrasonic sound devices can require maintenance or replacement but traps are removable once the trapping is complete – leaving you with a deterrent-free space.

      Trapping is very effective and has a lasting impact, but the one disadvantage is that it does not make the space less appealing for pigeons or other birds to nest again in the future. However, it is a discreet, humane and highly effective option.


      The above are some of the most popular and effective methods of deterring pigeons from roosting in domestic or industrial spaces. However, there are a few others that may work if the problem is particularly severe including the following:

      • Bird shooting: Shooting birds will permanently remove the problem of pigeons and can be done with qualified marksmen and following the legislation as set out in the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.
      • Egg and nest removal: Removal of a nest can disrupt a pigeon community and dissuade them from nesting in a location again. Removing nests may be difficult in harder to access areas, such as a high-level roof or balcony.
      • Bird gels: A bird gel, such as the ‘Bird Free’ system, uses a small tray containing a special gel that signals that the area is a threat to the pigeons. Gels work by manipulating the birds’ ultraviolet vision and tricking them.


      Many pigeons and other types of birds can be deterred by using ultrasonic sound devices. These machines make use of a wave of sound that is irritating for a pigeon and will cause them to disperse while being inaudible to the human ear.

      Benefits of using ultrasonic sound devices include the following:

      • Simple installation: Spikes may take a long time to install, especially over large areas. However, ultrasonic sound devices can work over a big space and evenly spread the sound from a small battery-powered box.
      • Deterrent for multiple pests: Ultrasonic sound devices will make an impact on many types of rodents and other pests, which can be beneficial for roof spaces that have problems with mice and squirrels. 
      • Eco-friendly: Using ultrasonic sound devices is very eco-friendly as they use a small amount of power, so battery-powered devices will work effectively for a long time. Solar-powered devices are also available.

      You usually need to place your ultrasonic sound devices quite close to where the birds are nesting. Overall, these devices are a discreet pigeon deterrent and can rapidly displace even large volumes of birds as they will reliably trigger their flight reflex.

      Pigeon deterrents will work more effectively in different areas, and it is possible that trying different options will be necessary. You can start by using less disruptive deterrents and switching to different methods when required.


      AMES Group provide reliable and professional pest control solutions around Birmingham and serve other nearby areas in the UK. As providers of affordable and entirely humane pest control, we have the knowledge to recommend the best pigeon deterrents.

      Sometimes DIY options are not sufficient. If you have a particularly bothersome issue with pigeons or any other types of bird we can offer a professional deterrent to reduce noise and disruption in both domestic or industrial spaces. Please feel free to contact us today for a free quote on your solution to nesting bird issues.

      For a professional approach to getting rid of pigeons without hurting them please feel free to contact us for a free quote.



        Two pigeons in winter

        There are many methods of humanely and naturally getting rid of a pigeon nest or pigeon poop problem. The noise and health concerns from pigeons are a legitimate concern for people, and they can even cause structural damage to a building. Whether pigeons are nesting on window sills, balconies, under solar panels or within other areas of a roof you can find plenty of home remedies to deter pigeons and make roosting areas less appealing for many types of birds.

        A pigeon nest is a natural occurrence, and they are drawn to more developed areas because there are many places where they can find a food source. Pigeons can have loud calls, particularly at the times of year when they breed. Noise from pigeons can penetrate very thick roofs and occur throughout the day and night, which can disrupt sleep and result in a lower quality of life. The health concerns from pigeon poop also harm humans and pets, so it is important to deter them.

        Using methods such bird gels, bird netting, spike strips and ultrasonic devices can take advantage of the natural responses that pigeons have – while providing a humane approach to pest control that will not harm the pigeons. As experts in various types of bird control, we can recommend how to get rid of pigeons without hurting them. For a reliable and professional solution please contact us.


        In many cases, there is no need to harm pigeons when dealing with them. There are many ways to get rid of pigeons, and humanely solving a pigeon problem with bird control is quite possible. Here we will look at some of the best options.

        The following are some ways to humanely deal with pigeons:


        Whether you have a large scale problem or just a few occasional issues with pigeons bird netting is a good option, particularly for balconies and areas that are hard to access. High-level roof spaces can benefit greatly from bird netting.

        Some advantages of using bird netting include the following:

        • Non-invasive: Installing bird netting will not have much of a visual impact, especially from a distance. If you have bird netting on a roof you are not likely to notice it at all. Even on a balcony, maximum light will pass through.
        • Fast results: There is no waiting to see if this solution is effective. Pigeons and other birds simply cannot get through the netting, which is the basic principle of how it works – so as soon as you put it up the problem is gone. 
        • Versatile: It is possible to install netting in all directions and over all obstacles, such as awkward roof shapes, awnings or statues. Our highly-trained installation teams also navigate any space at a fast pace.

        Bird netting is strong and will be equally effective against seagulls and other larger birds. You can also expect it to last through all types of weather as the synthetic cords can resist harsh rain, snow and cold or hot temperatures.


        Four square public light pole with bird spikes

        Choosing bird spikes is a very effective method of pigeon control and, despite their appearance, they are completely harmless. The spikes simply do not allow the birds enough room to build a nest, so long as they have proper placement.

        The benefits of bird spikes include the following:

        • Useful in many areas: Pigeons are clever and will spot any nesting space. However, you can install bird spikes anywhere with a high degree of precision – which makes them ideal on exposed sills, balcony rails or beams.
        • Long-lasting: Bird spikes are usually very rugged and durable, for example we provide bird spikes made from stainless steel and with a polycarbonate base in our installations, so they will last and resist sunlight or weather.
        • Cost-effective: Choosing bird spikes is a relatively cheap way to control birds without hurting them, as they use small amounts of materials. Effective spacing means you require a relatively small amount of spikes.

        Bird spokes do not poke or harm the pigeons in any way, they are a simple deterrent for keeping birds from building their nests. Using bird spikes is a helpful and harmless way to get rid of pigeons – but you will require a reliable installer.


        Gels work by providing an ultraviolet surface for the pigeons, which manipulates their physiology and triggers their flight response – making them think that the area is a threat to them, and therefore not a good place to nest.

        There a several reasons bird gels are a good choice including the following:

        • Non-toxic: Bird gels are completely harmless and make use of natural oils, so they are harmless to pigeons or other animals that may chance upon it. Bird gels also do not harm the environment in any way.
        • Invisible: While the birds will pick up on the ultraviolet light, you will not see anything at all. Gels are possibly the most discreet method of bird control and will work brilliantly on old buildings or outdoor sculptures.
        • Long-lasting: Gels are not a permanent solution but will be effective for over a year or more before replacement is necessary. How long a gel will work for depends on how reliably the installation is carried out.

        Bird gels are a popular and effective form of alternative bird control, and will not cause any harm. Gels are a clever solution as they manipulate the pigeon’s natural responses to light, and they also smell and taste unpleasant to the pigeons.


        Pigeons scared off bus shelter roof

        Birds have a different way of hearing than humans and are more sensitive to certain frequencies. You can install ultrasonic sound devices that manipulate the birds by emitting bothersome sound waves that humans will not hear.

        Potential perks of choosing ultrasonic sound devices include the following:

        • Small and discreet: You will not need to place devices all over a space, as they cover a good distance. There is a limit to their range, so larger spaces will require more than one device to make sure coverage is even.
        • Low maintenance: Despite using electronic waves these ultrasonic sound machines use a very small amount of power. As a result, you will not need to replace batteries very often – and there are also solar-powered options.
        • Permanent solution: Birds will stay away from the space where the ultrasonic sound is coming from as long as the devices are functioning. With a solar-powered device, this solution is permanently effective.

        Ultrasonic sound is a clever way to humanely push pigeons away. Many people prefer ultrasonic founds machines because they are compact and easy – they require a simple installation and will not disrupt the appearance of any building. 


        The large amounts of food and rubbish that humans leave around is what causes the pigeons to flourish, and our buildings are just the same as trees to them in terms of viability for nesting. As a result, it can seem wrong to harm pigeons for doing what they do naturally and humane management is a better option.

        Pigeon problems happen because of humans, not because of the pigeons themselves. With less natural habitat to live in pigeons naturally select areas where they have the best chance of survival in, so they can breed and carry on their pigeon communities. For a professional and humane option get in touch.


        The following are some common questions and further details on how to get rid of pigeons without hurting them and the services we provide:

        What do pigeons hate?

        Pigeons do not hate bird spikes, bird gels or ultrasonic sound devices – they simply find them uncomfortable and it makes the areas where they are installed less desirable as nesting or perching spaces. Pigeons do naturally hate certain things though, and you can take advantage of these to effectively repel pigeons. For example, a pigeon scarer in the shape of an owl will trick the pigeons into thinking a predator is nearby and prevent them from nesting. Pigeons also hate the smell of mothballs, so placing these around a roof space can be an effective way of repelling them. Pigeons are also averse to strong-smelling things such as pepper or cinnamon. Using a spicy pepper powder mixed with vinegar or water and spraying it liberally over an area will repel pigeons very well, but you will need to repeat this fairly frequently.

        What home remedies get rid of pigeons?

        A simple trick for getting rid of pigeons without hurting them is to take advantage of their psychological responses. A neat trick is to use old tennis balls and place them on sticks or the end of fence posts. Pigeons naturally believe that round spherical shapes are eyes, and will confuse them with the eyes of a predator. For extra effectiveness try to use brightly-coloured balls, such as orange and pink tennis balls, so they are visible to the pigeons from the furthest distance.

        What is the best deterrent for pigeons?

        Some of the best deterrents for pigeons are not necessarily the most humane. However, of the methods of humanely getting rid of pigeons, bird spikes may be the best. Bird spikes are an easy and effective method of deterrence – they simply make a roosting or nesting area unviable. Other humane methods, such as bird scarers, arguably alarm the pigeons to frighten them off – so choosing bird spikes controls pigeons humanely, and with minimal distress.

        For a professional approach to getting rid of pigeons without hurting them please feel free to contact us for a free quote.

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          A wood pigeon in a tree

          Pigeons are one of the most common problem bird in the UK and pose problems in both urban and rural areas. Having any type of pigeon, whether its wood pigeons or feral pigeons nesting in and around your property can cause a number of problems. This includes aesthetic damage from droppings and nest building, as well as overcrowding and general hygiene issues (this is especially apparent in commercial properties).

          However, in this article, we will be looking at the best ways on how to get rid of pigeons from trees, whether this is in a domestic or commercial environment. Before we provide solutions, it’s important to understand why pigeons nest in trees.


          Like all birds, pigeons nest in trees because they offer everything they need to build and sustain a safe environment for their young. Height, shelter, protection, warmth, materials and even food can be found in and around trees. A tree is a pigeon’s natural nesting environment, which can make getting rid of pigeons from trees particularly difficult because it’s their natural habitat.

          However, there are ways to deter pigeons and other problem birds from nesting on your grounds and in your trees without having to literally remove and relocate them. We’ll start with the basics and move onto the more professional forms of pigeon removal.


          Feral Pigeon or Rock Dove

          Pigeons are arguably the least fussy eaters when it comes to their diet. Surviving in both rural and urban environments has introduced them to a wide variety of foods outside their natural diets. Anything you leave in your garden, be it sweets, meats, vegetables, crisps and even rubbish, they will eat.

          This is why it’s essential to ensure your garden is kept clean of any food as well as debris. Food will allow pigeons to feed their young, while debris acts as good nesting material. Ensuring pigeons have access to neither will leave them little to use to create a safe nesting environment in your trees.


          There are a variety of tried and tested home remedies to help get rid of pigeons from trees, here’s a few to consider before contacting a pest control professional:

          • Hanging reflective items from your trees or around your garden – birds become distracted by reflective items and are unlikely to nest in areas where they’re abundant. Try hanging CD’s, small mirrors, reflecting tape or other reflective materials to stun and deter birds from nesting in your trees.
          • Scarecrows – while they’re old-fashioned, scarecrows still retain high success rates regarding deterring smaller birds from outdoor areas. 
          • Predator statues – similar to scarecrows, predator statues of larger birds (hawks, eagles and owls) should deter pigeons from nesting in trees as they will naturally fear the predator bird.
          • Having pets – if you already have a cat or a dog, they’ll be helpful in deterring pigeons and other birds from nesting in your trees. Cats naturally hunt pigeons and as soon as the pigeon realises there’s a cat in close proximity to its nest, it will most likely leave.
          • Ultrasonic and audible devices – while they do come with some controversial success rates, you may want to consider audible repellers. They work by imitating sounds of predator birds and birds in distress. The reason they aren’t as popular as other methods is because of their price tags and if your garden is small, or your tree is near to your house, you may also hear the noises.


          If the above has not proved effective, you may want to consider professional bird control intervention. Each of the below services is carried out by an AMES Group pest control expert and according to NPTA guidelines and the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.


          Bird netting is one of the most effective ways to stop pigeons and other problems birds from infiltrating properties. Although bird netting is typically used in hospitality sectors (cafes, restaurants etc) to stop pigeons from disturbing customers, it can be used in gardens. Netting can be used to protect plants, vegetable gardens, crops and other areas that would provide pigeons with access to food. Additionally, bird netting can also be placed across certain parts of your garden to deter nesting. You would need to speak to our bird control team to discuss dimensions etc.


          Bird spikes provide a fantastic solution to pigeons nesting and perching in both domestic and commercial environments. Although they are typically used to line balconies, rooftops, window sills and the inside ledges of properties, they can be used in trees. Being made of a polycarbonate base, they are able to bend and warp to suit almost any surface. For more information on installing bird spikes in trees, get in touch with our bird control team. 


          If any of the above does not work for you, or you’re considering a different approach, we also provide alternative pigeon deterrent and removal methods.


          This method is aimed at trapping and relocating larger pigeon populations so they do not return to the nest site. This is a structured program that can remove up to 70% of a pigeon population from your garden and should only be considered if you have a severe infestation of pigeons. To see if this option is appropriate for your garden, contact our team today. Alternatively, for more information on how this deterrent works, visit our alternative bird control page. 


          Again, this is a structured programme that should only be conducted by a certified bird control expert. This process involves delicately removing eggs and replacing them with fake eggs to prevent further laying during the first visit. A minimum of six treatments is usually required, with the final visit involving the removal of all nests and eggs (all of which are humanely relocated by AMES Group).


          AMES Group has been providing expert pigeon control solutions to customers across Birmingham for over 30 years. We offer a trusted service that ensures pigeons and other wild birds are removed and deterred from returning to your property. For more information on our services, quotations or even bird control advice, contact our team today. 

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            Pigeons in the street

            Pigeons can cause a major problem for your health and quality of life. Nesting pigeons will leave droppings and pigeon poop is potentially harmful to humans, as well as pets or other animals. The noise that pigeons cause, particularly during times of the year when they breed, is also very annoying – and causes sleep disturbances for people. As a result, bird proofing is a popular form of pest control.

            There are several approaches to deter pigeons, as well as other larger or smaller birds. You can choose to scare pigeons by manipulating their natural responses or repel them with things they dislike. Bird repellents make areas less desirable for pigeons to nest or perch and bird scarers stop them from entering attractive spaces. Both approaches help with pigeon proofing solar panels and other areas.

            Nesting birds will naturally focus on window ledges, balcony spaces and places nearby a bird table or other food source. As experts in reliably providing professional solutions to control birds, and other types of pests, we can recommend how to deter pigeons effectively. Many of the methods we discuss are possible to try yourself – but for a professional result please feel free to contact us for a quote.


            The following methods of deterring a pigeon community from roosting or nesting will be effective against feral pigeons, wood pigeons and many other types of birds. Some are useful specifically for pigeons and large birds but will still allow other less problematic bird species to use a space, bird table or feeder.

            The best deterrents will manipulate the physiological or psychological nature of a pigeon – and while some can cause slight distress this list is humane and harm free. 

            The following are the best ways to deter pigeons:


            A roll of aluminum foil isolated on white background

            The reflective surfaces of mirrors or other shiny objects will trigger a pigeons flight response. As a result, having a reflective surface on a window sill or balcony rail can easily deter a pigeon from roosting or perching there.

            The following are some ways to deter pigeons by using reflective surfaces:

            • Aluminium foil: You can place a layer of shiny aluminium foil over a window sill and balcony rail very easily. With careful wrapping, it is entirely possible to create an undesirable perching space that does still looks good.
            • Mirrors: For a larger space, such as a roof or the edges of solar panels, mirrors are a good option. A mirror will reflect light very well and provide an effective deterrent for pigeons. Small mirrors can work on a window sill.
            • Old CDs: If you have a bird table or feeder that you want to deter pigeons from then hanging an old CD is a simple home remedy to try. They are small and using string can help them move in the wind for more reflectivity.

            Choosing reflective surfaces to deter pigeons will take advantage of their natural responses, but it does not cause any distress. Reflective surfaces are more of a confusion to a pigeon – and will result in them simply nesting elsewhere.

            2: PIGEON SCARERS

            Plastic owl

            Pigeons cannot tell the difference between a real owl in a tree and a false one. As a result, mock owls or other static items can be effective pigeon scarers. You can easily place bird scarers at strategic points that are particularly problematic.

            The following are some tips for scaring pigeons away from a nesting area:

            • Brightly-coloured balls: The spherical shape of a ball will trick a pigeon into believing it is the eye of a predator. You can try placing old tennis balls on sticks or on the end of fence posts to scare them away from the area.
            • Predator decoys: Pigeons are smart but, from a distance, they can not tell the difference between a real predatory bird or a decoy. You can purchase plastic models of owls, herons and falcons to warn off curious pigeons.
            • Ultrasonic sound devices: Using a machine that emits ultrasonic sound, that only birds can hear, will stop pigeons from nesting in an area. Ultrasonic sound is less of a scare tactic and more of an irritant to birds.

            Choosing bird scarers is arguably less humane than other approaches because they trick the pigeons into thinking they are in danger. However, pigeons are resilient and will seek out other nesting areas and scarers do no physical harm.


            City pigeons in the street

            There are many ways to make a pigeon fly away and find another roosting space or tree, one of which is to make use of bird gels. Bird gels create an ultraviolet light that resembles flames in the mind of a pigeon, so wards them off very well.

            You can buy bird gels and place them in areas yourself, remember the following tips:

            • Place gels in the direct vicinity of pigeons: Pigeons need to be close to bird gels, which can make them difficult to place on high levels such as balcony spaces or near solar panels. Magnetic gel pots can help with placement.
            • Give birds the full access: Gels work by sight, smell and touch, each of which deters a pigeon – so make sure they are visible, not masked by other outdoor smells such as bins and are in a location where a pigeon can touch them.
            • Space them out evenly: Bird gels will work only in their specific area, so if you are hoping to keep pigeons away from a larger space using this deterrent then you need multiple gel pots that are evenly spread out.

            Bird gels are made from natural oils, the smell of which pigeons also dislike. Again, this method manipulates the birds’ natural responses, so will cause alarm – but causes no physical damage whatsoever and is entirely humane.


            White naphthalene balls on white wooden background

            If you are looking to try a home remedy then making use of strong-smelling substances, something that pigeons hate, is a good option. Many of the smells that pigeons dislike are from common household items, so they are easy to try at home.

            Remember the following when trying to deter pigeons with strong-smelling substances:

            • Mix with vinegar and water: Vinegar is a strong-smelling substance that you can combine with fiery peppers and spices – such as cayenne or cinnamon. This combination will make for a more potent deterrent.
            • Use a spray bottle: Putting your mixture into a spray bottle is an easy way to coat the area evenly. It is also much easier to keep an existing spray bottle to hand instead of concocting a new mixture each time you need it.
            • Try mothballs: Aside from spicy smells, pigeons particularly hate mothballs – similar to those you might use to protect clothes. You can try placing mothballs at specific points in n area, which eliminates the need for spray.

            When using smells to deter pigeons you should remember to keep applying this smell to the affected area, as there will be a loss of potency over time. Pigeons simply avoid the smells they dislike and there is zero distress or physical harm.

            5: BIRD NETTING

            Anti-pigeon netting

            Choosing bird netting is a very humane, cheap and instantly effective way of keeping pigeons away from an area. Bird netting is particularly effective on a balcony or near a bird table that is only meant for smaller birds.

            The following are some benefits of using bird netting to deter pigeons:

            • Weatherproof: When bird proofing buildings weather can diminish the effectiveness of certain methods, particularly those that rely on smell or sound. Bird netting is very strong and will work year-round in all weather.
            • Useful for all areas: If you want to cover a statue or other space, such as bin stores, netting is effective as it is possible to install it over any shape or object – including specific trees and plants or air conditioning units, for example.
            • Discrete: Choosing bird netting is a discrete way of deterring pigeons, and the netting is almost invisible even at short distances. The combination of being discrete and highly-effective makes netting a good all-round option.

            Bird netting requires a professional installation to work properly, particularly when installing at a high level. As a result, netting is not the best home remedy for deterring pigeons as it requires skill and safety equipment to carry out.

            6: BIRD SPIKES

            Bird and pigeon spike deterrents

            Bird spikes might look domineering and scary, but they do not harm the pigeons. Birds can navigate into many very tight spaces without any problem, and the spikes simply push them off of an area should they try to land.

            Choosing bird spikes is a good deterrent for the following reasons:

            • Suitable for specific areas: When you are not covering a large space and simply have a problem area then bird spikes are a wonderful way to provide a targeted deterrent. Target areas may include bird feeders for small birds.
            • Durable and long-lasting: Many deterrents lose their effectiveness over time, but spikes are usually made from stainless steel and have polycarbonate bases – so they will not fall off and will work for a long time.
            • Low-maintenance: There is no additional maintenance necessary for bird spikes once they are in place. You can enjoy the benefits of bird spikes for many years as well as throughout all kinds of weather.

            The drawback to bird spikes is that they require professional installation and proper spacing for them to be effective. If bird spikes are too far apart then they will potentially make the area more desirable for roosting pigeons to build their nests.


            The above sections highlight the top recommendations of how to deter pigeons, with minimal hassle and with the best results. Many of the methods are suitable for people to try themselves and home remedies may work in many cases.

            We are experts in pest control and provide a wide variety of bird deterrent options for our clients, so we have the knowledge to suggest the most effective methods. If you would like a professional solution for deterring pigeons please get in touch.

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              A Definitive Guide to the Five Main Types of Pigeon

              There are hundreds of different types of pigeons and doves across the world, below we have named those varieties that rank among the most common and known to the UK. We’ll begin with the broader terminology and groupings for pigeons.

              Name: King Pigeon

              Two Beautiful White Pigeons On The Ground
              • Size – Large
              • Weight – 900g+
              • Colour – Predominantly white
              • Wild? – No, bred for food
              • Lifespan – Varies, typically between 3 – 10 years depending on captivity conditions
              • Located – Southern Mexico and Central America

              King pigeons are specifically bred for food for us to eat. They are one of the largest species of pigeon but they are very unlikely to fare well in the wild. King pigeons struggle to fly due to their size and genetic problems caused by excessive breeding. Most king pigeons are bought as pets, as they are very mild-mannered and easy to care for. They are not varied in colour, most of which are blue or white.

              Name: Racing and Homing Pigeons

              Painted Racing Pigeons
              • Size – Medium
              • Weight – 200-400g+
              • Colour – A variety, but typically blue, similar to wild pigeons
              • Wild? – Yes, but can be caught and trained for homing purposes
              • Lifespan – Typically between 5 – 15 years depending on environmental factors and breeding
              • Located – Columbia (originally) but can be bred almost anywhere

              Homing pigeons are similar to domestic pigeons but have a homing ability. Originally derived from rock pigeons, homing and racing pigeons have an in-built homing system that allows them to travel or be taken great distances while being able to remember and return to their original residence. In terms of their colour, there’s not much variety – racing pigeons are simply domesticated pigeons bred and trained for racing. 

              Name: Fancy Pigeon

              Jacobin pigeon also known as a fancy pigeon or capucin pigeon
              • Size – Small to medium
              • Weight – 200-400g+
              • Colour – A wide variety 
              • Wild? – No, they are bred for domestic use
              • Lifespan – Typically between 5 – 10 years 
              • Located – Germany

              As their names suggests, fancy pigeons are specialised breeds that are bred for several uses. Some people will breed fancy pigeons to showcase at competitions, others may simply breed them to sell or keep as extravagant pets. Fancy pigeons come in many varieties, including pouters, tumblers and owls. Fancy pigeons require high levels of personal upkeep to ensure their coats remain healthy.

              Name: Feral Pigeon

              Feral Pigeon or Rock Dove
              • Size – Small to medium
              • Weight – 300-500g+
              • Colour – Usually blue with a hint of purple
              • Wild? – Yes, derived from rock pigeons
              • Lifespan – Typically between 5 – 10 years depending on several environmental factors 
              • Located – All over the UK

              By far the most common type of pigeon, feral pigeons can be found throughout the UK, dominating many of our busiest towns and cities. Originally derived from rock and cliff pigeons, they have swiftly adapted to our urban way of living and thrive in our communities. 

              Despite not causing any immediate threat to our way of living, feral pigeons can cause a number of problems in larger numbers – not least health concerns. Crowding, pigeon droppings and hygiene are among the main concerns, problems that our team at AMES Group deal with on a daily basis.

              Name: Band-tailed Pigeon

              Laughing Neck Dove On Tree Branch Under Sunrays On A Summer Morning
              • Size – Medium, longer than other pigeons
              • Weight – 400-600g+
              • Colour – Grey with a white band across the back of their head
              • Wild? – Yes
              • Lifespan – Typically between 5 – 12 years 
              • Located – North America

              This type of pigeon gets their name from their long, often grey banded tail. They’re slightly taller than the average feral pigeon and most have a distinguishable white band on the back of their neck. They typically live in forests and woodlands (much like wood pigeons) and are very rarely seen in urban environments (unlike feral pigeons). Their diet revolves around foods they forage in the woodlands; berries, nuts and small insects being core inclusions. 

              Suffering from Pigeon Problems?

              If you find that pigeons are causing a problem in your home or commercial property, AMES Group can help. We specialise in providing humane pigeon removal and deterrent services across the UK. For all pigeon and problem bird-related issues, contact AMES Group today.

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              Are pigeons intelligent?

              Pigeons are renowned as one of the most intelligent bird species on the planet. Pigeons can be trained to deliver messages, race for sport and even save lives at sea. They typically fall behind in the intelligence scale, however, to ravens and crows.

              Where did pigeons originally come from?

              Pigeons were originally found in Europe, North Africa and parts of Western Asia. Now, pigeons can be found across multiple continents and have a projected population of around 15 – 30 million in Europe.

              Do pigeons have facial recognition qualities?

              Pigeons, like crows, are thought to be able to remember faces, especially if they are harmed by that person. Like crows, pigeons seem able to remember different faces, regardless of whether the person changes their clothing.

              How do pigeons find their way back onto my property?

              Pigeons have an innate homing ability that allows them to retrace their flight path and return to their nest. Scientists believe this is because they can sense the Earth’s magnetic fields. No matter how much you shoo a pigeon, they will be able to find their way home. The only way you can successfully relocate a pigeon is through a structured process carried out by pest control experts.

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                Do Pigeons Carry Diseases?

                Pigeons in the street

                Feral pigeons dominate most of our biggest towns, cities and urban areas and can not only become a nuisance regarding crowding, but they also carry a risk of transmitting and spreading diseases and viruses to humans. 

                Pigeons are capable of carrying harmful diseases in the same way as the common rat, which is why it’s important to safely rid and deter pigeons from entering your commercial or domestic property if you have a pigeon problem. 

                Can Pigeons Carry Diseases?

                Yes, pigeons carry a number of diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans. Unlike most other birds, pigeons nest in their own faeces, which attracts mites and increases the transmittance of other diseases. 

                The different types of diseases pigeons carry have been detailed below:

                • E. coli. – this disease occurs when pigeon droppings find their way into our water or food sources, which become contaminated. When humans consume E Coli-contaminated food and water, it can result in nausea, fever and cramps. 
                • St Louis encephalitis – when mosquitoes feed on the blood of an infected bird, they carry the pathogen that’s responsible for spreading St Louis encephalitis. While this disease won’t cause too much trouble to younger people, it can be particularly dangerous to adults over 60. Symptoms of St Louis encephalitis include drowsiness, fever and headaches. 
                • Histoplasmosis – a respiratory disease that occurs when fungus grows inside pigeon droppings. If left untreated, histoplasmosis can be fatal.
                • Candidiasis – another respiratory disease that is caused by fungus infecting the droppings. This disease can affect any or a variety of areas, including the mouth, skin, respiratory system and intestines. This disease is thought to occur mainly, or at least have a greater presence, in women. 
                • Salmonella – commonly referred to as “food poisoning”, salmonella occurs when infected droppings infect food. Transmission can be subtle, as when droppings turn to dust are blown into food and water sources. 
                • Cryptococcosis – another disease caused by yeast found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. It can cause problems with the central nervous system if left untreated. 

                In addition to the above, pigeons are frequently exposed to other creatures and insects that can transmit diseases. These creatures are known as ectoparasites and can carry several human pathogens. The ectoparasites can hitch a ride on the pigeons and so come in contact with people. Although that sounds concerning, only about two-thirds will cause harm to our general health, with the rest causing minor problems, such as itching and scratching.

                Ectoparasites that are associated with pigeons include:

                • Bed bugs – bed bugs are one of the most nuisance pests to deal with. They are capable of costing thousands of pounds worth of damage and are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Bed bugs are able to cause anaemia in some humans. Pigeons, starlings and some other small birds are known to carry bed bugs
                • Chicken mites – capable of causing dermatitis and acariasis, both of which cause mild flaking of the skin. While it’s uncommon that chicken mites attack humans, they may do so if they come into close contact with them. This happens through contact with birds such as pigeons and house sparrows.
                • Yellow mealworms – although not found in the UK, yellow mealworms rank among the most common ectoparasites in the USA. They live inside pigeon nests and can find their way into our food.
                • West Nile virus – although not directly transmissible from birds to humans, if a human is bitten by a mosquito who has sucked the blood from an infected bird, they may get West Nile virus. Symptoms include fever, flu-like illness,  aches and pains as well as fatigue. In some cases, this can last for up to a week or several months. 

                How Do Pigeons Spread Disease?

                In almost all cases, pigeons transmit diseases to humans through faecal matter (dry droppings). While it’s very uncommon for us to come into direct contact with pigeon droppings and receive any disease or virus this way, droppings that have been left to dry out are where the problems begin. Dry droppings that are infected with bacteria can enter our airways when they’ve been left on windowsills, rooftops, cars and other areas we frequently come into contact with. 

                Droppings eventually turn into a powder form, which becomes easier to inhale. When inhaled, the pathogens can infect and cause disease in humans. 

                Are Pigeons the Most Disease-ridden Birds?

                Yes, pigeons actually carry the highest number of diseases in comparison to any other bird species. Pigeons also carry more diseases than rats, with their droppings being one of the core causes of disease. They also carry bird mites, which are extremely common among all pigeons.

                Do You Have a Pigeon Problem?

                Pigeons are responsible for a number of potentially fatal diseases that can be transmitted to humans through poor hygiene and pest control problems. AMES Group provides fast, effective and certified bird control services to alleviate the threat of pigeon-based diseases. Contact our team today to get rid of pigeons and keep your property safe.

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                  How to Get Rid of Pigeons in Buildings and Gardens

                  Pigeons scared off bus shelter roof

                  Pigeons are commonly found in urban areas and will nest in buildings, roofs, balconies and trees across our towns and cities. Finding a pigeon, or multiple pigeons, nesting in a building is very common but leaving them to continue nesting can cause a number of problems. 

                  Below, we have outlined the most effective ways to get rid of all pigeon types, including wood pigeons, feral pigeons and other small wild birds from any commercial or domestic building.

                  1: Trapping and Relocating 

                  Can this method be used to get rid of pigeons in buildings? – Yes

                  Can this method be used to get rid of pigeons in gardens? – Yes

                  How long does it take? – anywhere up to one month to remove all pigeons from the building

                  Pigeon trapping is one of the most effective ways to get rid of pigeons in any domestic or commercial environment. Pigeons have a genetic homing instinct which can make them particularly hard to deter. However, our certified pest control technicians are able to employ a structured programme that can remove up to 70% of a pigeon community (which takes around 18 months to recover). 

                  This trapping method creates disorientation within the pigeon community, as it focuses on removing dominant birds and relocating them elsewhere. In turn, this disperses the pigeon population and forces other pigeons to follow suit or simply disband. This technique is humanely performed by AMES Group and focuses on removing both pigeons, their nests and their eggs in a safe and controlled manner.

                  2: Bird and Egg Nest Removal

                  Can this method be used to get rid of pigeons in buildings? – Yes

                  Can this method be used to get rid of pigeons in gardens? – Yes

                  How long does it take? – typically up to a week, depending on the number of nests

                  Egg nest removal is another effective way to get rid of pigeons, but this method must be carried out by trained pest control professionals. Removal of pigeons nests and eggs means they will be unable to raise their young in this environment and they are unlikely to return as they will deem this area unsuitable to raise young. 

                  Learn more about our alternative bird and pigeon controlling methods.

                  3: Bird Scarers

                  Can this method be used to get rid of pigeons in buildings? – Yes, but only outside of the building

                  Can this method be used to get rid of pigeons in gardens? – Yes

                  How long does it take? – immediate effect

                  Bird scarers can be an effective way to get rid of and deter pigeons from returning to almost any outdoor area. As their name suggests, bird scarers are designed to scare away problem birds such as pigeons, starlings, gulls and more. They can come in many forms, such as a large statue of an owl, or ones that are tied to an object and mimic the flight of a predatory bird. By replicating the physical presence and flight path of predator birds, bird scarers naturally deter pigeons from nesting in your garden.

                  4: Bird Spikes

                  Can this method be used to get rid of pigeons in buildings? – Yes

                  Can this method be used to get rid of pigeons in gardens? – Yes

                  How long does it take? – once applied, bird spikes will stop pigeons from returning to this location and deter others from nesting and perching

                  Bird spikes rank among the most common and effective ways to get rid of pigeons from any building. The spikes work by stopping pigeons from roosting, nesting and even perching on ledges and any targeted area around the building. They can be made of plastic or metal and come in strips that can be cut or bought to specified measurements. Bird spikes can be placed anywhere and they are very easy to install. You will first need to identify where the pigeons are, remove them via a certified pest control technician (or other means mentioned in this article) and then fix the spikes into the specified area.

                  Spikes essentially deter pigeons in a safe and humane manner. However, if the pigeon(s) have already nested, spikes won’t help unless you remove the nest and insert spikes in its place.

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                  Other Methods

                  5: Ultrasonic

                  Ultrasonic pigeon deterrents are relatively new and their effectiveness is highly questioned in the pest control world. Although they may offer positive results in first instances, pigeons and other problem birds are able to quickly acclimate to the noise. While ultrasonic is used in larger-scale commercial areas such as airports (and with positive effects), they are not well-suited to smaller commercial and domestic environments.  

                  6: Low-level Shock Strap Systems

                  Not as popular or tried and tested as other methods, these systems work similarly to bird spikes by not allowing the pigeons to nest or perch in certain areas. The straps give a very minor electric shock to the pigeon, alerting them that this is not a safe area to be. 

                  7: Controlled Shooting

                  Bird shooting can only be carried out by trained professionals and in accordance with the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act. AMES Group are certified to carry-out such controlled shootings if and when required. 

                  8: Bird Netting

                  Bird netting is another popular method for deterring pigeons from nesting in both domestic and commercial environments. However, while it is effective at deterring birds, you will first need to get rid of the pigeons. Netting is commonly used in outdoor areas such as cafes and restaurants to stop birds from stealing food or generally disturbing the public (ideal for seaside cafes, bars and restaurants). Bird netting can also be used to stop pigeons from accessing and damaging crops in gardens.

                  AMES Group provides a comprehensive and effective bird netting service

                  For Commercial or Large-scale Pigeon Problems in the UK, Contact AMES Group Today

                  While the above methods for getting rid of pigeons may prove useful in certain scenarios, if you’re suffering from a severe infestation or crowding, you may require professional intervention. This is where AMES Group can help. We employ a range of pigeon deterrent methods that safely move and relocate pigeons without hurting them. These methods are typically fast, cost-effective and minimally invasive.

                  Contact our team, explain the specific problem you have and one of our pest control experts will be able to help. 

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                    What Do Pigeons Eat? The Definitive Pigeon Food Guide

                    City pigeons in the street

                    Pigeons are wild birds that typically survive on a mixture of different foods. Whether they are wild or domesticated, all pigeons have roughly the same diet of seeds, small insects and even small lizards. As bird control specialists in the UK, we’re able to provide accurate and helpful information regarding pigeon diets and lifestyles. Below, we’ll explore some of their most common dietary foods and habits and what they can’t eat and shouldn’t be fed.

                    What Do Pigeons Eat?

                    Generally speaking, the pigeons that dominate our cities and urban environments will eat almost anything, from insects to leftover food we throw out. Wild pigeons will eat whatever nature throws their way. Again, this includes insects such as worms and ants, as well as seeds, fruits, berries and vegetables.

                    Despite originally living in coastal areas, forests, gardens and cliffed areas, these pigeons have now adapted to thrive in our settlements; specifically towns and cities. 

                    A Closer Look At What Wild Pigeons Eat

                    Unlike urban pigeons, wild pigeons have access to a much healthier diet. Wild pigeons typically live in forests and coastal areas, so their diet depends entirely on what nature provides them with. The most common foods they will have access to include:

                    • Berries
                    • Seeds
                    • Grains
                    • Nuts
                    • Vegetables
                    • Grit (for digestion purposes)
                    • Plants
                    • Vegetation
                    • And fresh water

                    Although wild pigeons are natural herbivores, it’s not uncommon for them to stray from their herbivorous diet if necessary. Pigeons will eat almost anything if they are hungry enough, which can see them eat insects, spiders and even lizards. Their diet also demands protein and fat to remain healthy, whether that’s from nuts, fruits or other animals. They do not have a “favourite food” but they enjoy eating seeds, nuts and vegetables more than anything else.

                    What Do Pigeons Eat in Urban Areas?

                    Pigeons have very successfully adapted to our urban environments and are able to nest, feed and thrive in our busiest towns and cities. However, when it comes to their diet and living situations, they aren’t as lucky as wild pigeons. Urban pigeons live on whatever they can find and their diet covers almost anything, including leftover food we throw away/drop. This includes:

                    • Bread
                    • Pasta
                    • Meat and fish
                    • Confectionary (chocolates, sweets, etc.)

                    The reason these types of pigeons can eat what we eat is through decades of adaptation and evolution. It’s not uncommon to see pigeons scavenging from rubbish bins when they’re desperate for food. In most cases, this is very bad for them as they’re likely eating contaminated food that can be fatal.

                    Regardless of the type of pigeon, they all share very similar diets.

                    What Do Baby Pigeons Eat?

                    Pigeon eggs in the nest

                    With baby and newborn pigeons, it’s important that their diet includes a high volume of protein in order to help with their early development. Adults do not require such high levels of protein, but macronutrients are crucial for baby and newborn pigeon muscle, tissue and physical development. If baby or newborn pigeons do not receive these nutrients and proteins, they can suffer from a protein deficiency. 

                    Their diet from this age is based solely on milk produced by their parents. This is a special type of milk known as crop milk, which is secreted by both male and female pigeons. This unique feeding process lasts for no more than a week. If baby pigeons did not receive the essential nutrients from the crop milk they are unlikely to survive, and their digestive systems will not be able to develop to the point where they can eat what adult pigeons eat.

                    Baby Pigeon Diet – After One Week

                    After one week or sometimes less, baby pigeons will be able to eat other food alongside their staple crop milk. It’s only around the third week that baby pigeons no longer require crop milk and their digestive systems are able to digest adult pigeon food. Baby pigeons will only be able to digest crushed foods with the help of the crop milk provided by their parents (to help aid digestion). 

                    Baby Pigeon Diet – After One Month

                    After a month has passed, baby pigeons will be able to safely consume other foods. However, in order for them to efficiently gather and consume food, they must first be able to safely leave their nests and fly.

                    Should I Be Concerned About What My Pigeon or Dove Eats?

                    As pigeons and doves (and stock doves) get older, their digestive systems are able to consume most foods without any problems. Obviously, urban pigeons are more likely to consume a wider variety of foods, some of which will be harmful (such as food sourced from rubbish bins etc.).

                    As stated above, pigeons and doves, whether they’re pet pigeons or not, require a healthy diet of seeds, fruits, nuts and vegetables in order to remain healthy. 

                    What Can Pigeons Not Eat?

                    Aside from contaminated food they source from bins around our cities, there are certain foods that can cause harm to pigeons. Pigeons have a fairly complex digestive system which means certain foods are not able to properly digest in their systems. These include:

                    • Food and drink that is high in sugar: pigeons can have bad reactions to sugary foods and drinks, and can even get diabetes from them.
                    • Apples – apples themselves should cause no harm to pigeons. However, if they eat apple seeds (which contain cyanide), this can cause irritation in the gut.
                    • Chocolate – another compound that causes harm to pigeons is theobromine, which is present in almost all chocolate.
                    • Foods high in salt (or salt itself) – salty foods contain sodium, which pigeons and other birds have problems digesting.
                    • Avocados – persin is a substance that is present in avocados and is toxic to pigeons.

                    Can Pigeons Eat Rice?

                    The notion that pigeons and other birds shouldn’t be fed rice is a myth. While it isn’t advised that you feed a pigeon rice as it bears no nutritional value, if a pigeon does eat rice, it won’t cause it any harm. Cooked or uncooked, rice is perfectly safe for pigeons to eat.

                    Pigeons Are Able to Eat Almost Anything

                    Rock pigeons, wood pigeons, homing pigeons and doves all share very similar diets. As long as they receive the correct nutrients during their adolescent years, they should develop well. 

                    If you are experiencing any pigeon or bird-related issues, speak to one of our pest control experts today for further help and assistance. 

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