I live in an apartment and pigeons seem to love my porch. My porch is quite long and big, every morning I get woken up by some dumb male pigeon doing his mating call. Talk about being harassed. They keep crapping all over my porch causing a huge mess all day.
Yesterday I spent a few hours cleaning and scraping off the bird crap, over one pound worth. I noticed that some people who have those plastic owls on their porch actually keeps away the pigeons. So I thought I would try the samething. For the life of me I couldn't find any place that had any owls. Canadian Tire had only one, went to Walmart - nothing, Home Depot - nothing, Homehardware had the samething as Canadian Tire. So I decided to pick one up.
Now I put the owl in one corner of the porch as it is the only place to tie it down, or I could try the other side. However, I think the owl kind of blends into the wall being brown as the pigeons still land on my porch and avoid the owl sitting there. The other apartments have a more grey to white wall instead of brick brown. My porch is also all concrete and has no polls or stands. What the heck can I do to solve my pigeon problem? Should I find a huge branch and have the owl hang out on that while tied down to my porch? Should I take my fire arm and attach a silencer and start knocking off the pigeons as target practice? What works for people living in apartments? I'm losing my mind here.
I feel your pain .
I used to live in an apartment where the pigeons just wouldn't leave me any peace.
You could get some sort of stand and put the owl in the middle of your balcony
You could make loud noises whenever they come back
In some areas of Hamilton they fire a starter's pistol at groups of crows that hang around city hall.
you're right Macello, loud noise in a quiet building are a bad idea.
The darn things would not leave even when I went out on my balcony, I had to rap on the metal railing a few times to get them to leave.
No one should poison birds either because a cat or dog could pick it up and die as a result.
People should stop feeding them and that shou;d reduce the problem. All kinds of folks feed them around here and they crap all over our downtown. So they put up owls and a sign warning people that they will be fined if they feed them, but I guess the signs don't apply to illiterates. The problem is much better now in our downtown, much fewer pigeons in my opinion.
I think if you have a porch or balcony that get's the moring sun , then you are the biggest target.
washing with bleach is what i did too, but eventually i moved and I assume the pigeons regained their territory.. But Pigeons are less of a pest than flocks of crows, burr. they are like a black cloud that is really destructive.
Anyone seen the movie "Congo" where they set up a night time perimeter fence with lasers and automatic machine gun fire? That's my answer to this problem .
Hey Dave, at least I can handle gulls. They are easier to train then a pigeon around here. Once you make a gull mad or really **** him off, they get the hint. Pigeons around here are really stupid. I kick the one pigeon off the porch, then I watch him circle the area and land again. I swing a broom at him to scare him and he takes off, but yet returns again. The worst part is just around the corner of the building is a HUGE tree and someone keeps feeding the pigeons. They are not affraid of humans at all.