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Pigeons In The Roof

Unread postby joekin » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:29 pm

What is the most humane(without killing any babies) way to get pigeons to move out of my roof, if i want to block the holes i'm afraid their might be eggs or babies inside.

they are getting to much, my gutters are clogged from all the guano, early mornings they walk in between the roof and ceiling and are plain annoying.

please help.

it seems as soon as the youngsters are out the nest there are new chirps coming from the nest.

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Re: Pigeons In The Roof

Unread postby TheunsH » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:39 pm

Hi Joekin, get rid of all eggs all the time and once the little ones are out of the nest block the holes! :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby Rooies » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:44 pm

I assume it is Rock Pigeons. They are prolific breeders and breed throughout the year. In my area, they have become pests and during the sunflower season, the farmers actually invite hunters to come and shoot the rockies, as we call them. Studies done by the University of the Free State, showed that Rock Pigeons can destroy up to 40% of a sunflower harvest.

My advice will be that you unfortunately will have to sacrifice a couple of pigeons and have them removed by someone when you are at home. Then properly clean the nesting area and seal the roof. This very adaptive species will not become extinct because of your actions.
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Re: Pigeons In The Roof

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:47 pm

joekin, hahahaha I bet you enjoy all that chirping!!!

I can tell you what they do here in Italy where we have a serious pigeon problem in all our cities.
The only way you're going to keep them out of your roof is either by closing all the holes, possibly when the chicks have let!, then get rid of the nests. Your next task is convincing them that your neighbours house is better than yours and your choices are:
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You can also find gel repellents but the top/best are ultra-sonic gadgets which you install in your roof and works, a little on the expensive side but works.
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Re: Pigeons In The Roof

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:49 pm

:hmz:

You will have to move ...



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Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:50 pm

Interesting, I have a Rocky problem too - I was advised by a neighbour to buy rubber snakes and place them on the the rafter on the verandahs.
We'll see what happens, as it is not the noise, it is the mess :shock:
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:10 pm

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Re: Pigeons In The Roof

Unread postby joekin » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:18 pm

TNX guys

think for now i'll close the holes with some mesh as soon as i don't here any chirping anymore. been there about 3 years and been driving me crazy.

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Re: Pigeons In The Roof

Unread postby wingman » Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:10 pm

the youngsters leave the nests quiete quickly within 2 weeks so keep an ear out for the silence then block the holes the cheap plastic mesh bought at the hardware works well as you just cut it a bit bigger than the size wanted and bend it into the holes blocking them but not stopping airflow.

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Re: Pigeons In The Roof

Unread postby okie » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:59 pm

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Re: Pigeons In The Roof

Unread postby joekin » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:34 am

RUMURUTI wrote:Image


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problem i'd have with these are the weavers nesting, the robins and the bats.

going to build a bat house. and really don't want to scare them off

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Re: Pigeons In The Roof

Unread postby Rooies » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:51 am

Jungle Junkie wrote:Interesting, I have a Rocky problem too - I was advised by a neighbour to buy rubber snakes and place them on the the rafter on the verandahs.
We'll see what happens, as it is not the noise, it is the mess :shock:


The problem with rubber snakes is that animals get used to them and eventually realize that the rubber snake is no threat. I have seen that at camping spots in Botswana. We placed rubber snakes on our coolboxes and other foodstuff to scare the monkeys away, but as soon as we turned our backs , they rushed in to steal whatever there was to be stolen.
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