Pigeons can be a nuisance, especially if they are hanging around your windowsill, leaving droppings along the ledge. If the presence of pigeons is not annoying enough, their droppings can carry bacteria and result in respiratory issues for people with weak immune systems, such as young children and the elderly. Even if you have a screen keeping pigeons from entering your window, they often carry small pests, such as mites and fleas, that can enter your home. Luckily, there are a few solutions that can get rid of pigeons before they cause any trouble.
Things You'll Need
- 1/2-inch thick plywood board
- Plastic owl replica
- Petroleum jelly
- Craft popsicle sticks
Obtain a plywood board, about a half inch wide, and insert nails through the bottom of the board. Saw off the ends of the plywood board to fit your windowsill. The sharp end of the nails should protrude through the top of the plywood board and act as a spike strip to deter pigeons from landing on the windowsill.
Purchase a realistic-looking owl from your local home improvement or hardware retailer, and place it on your windowsill. Pigeons are afraid of owls, and the sight of an owl will keep pigeons from perching on the ledge.
Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly across the ledge of the window with a craft popsicle stick or kitchen knife. The sticky substance will deter pigeons from coming back once they have landed the first time. You will need to reapply the ointment after rain or extremely hot temperatures.
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