For the most part, birds are welcome creatures around residential properties, but they can also be highly annoying pests. Like insects, birds like pigeons and seagulls can quickly become pests that damage homes and spread disease. Unfortunately, they can also be more complicated to get rid of.
If you're dealing with pigeons, seagulls, geese, or other problematic birds around your property, here are some things you can try to get rid of them:
Remove the Nest
Removing bird nests is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get rid of birds around your home. Not only does it eliminate their home, but it forces them to move on. In some cases, you may not even need to remove the nest, as some birds won't return if a human presence has been sensed near it.
Nests are often placed high in hard-to-reach areas where they remain undisturbed, such as the chimney and rooftop. A ladder, gloves, and plastic bag are typically needed to remove bird nests.
Birds are distracted by noise and stray from areas where it's consistently present. Hang wind chimes or large pieces of aluminum foil to deter birds from building their nests near your home. You can even go as far as installing timed air horns, but check with local regulations beforehand on using outdoor sound makers.
If you have bird feeders hanging from your patio, it may be time to remove them. Although they were probably meant for desirable birds like hummingbirds, they could end up attracting other birds in search of food.
Compost could also be another attractant of birds to your property, especially if it contains earthworms. Make sure to place compost in tightly sealed bins and in areas that birds have difficulty reaching, such as outdoor sheds or storage closets.
If you've tried these methods or others with no success, it may be time to contact a pest control professional, one who will be able to evaluate your specific situation and help devise an effective plan.
It's important to note that, while there are pesticides available to stop unwanted birds, it's always better to get rid of birds without harming them. In fact, many species of birds are federally protected, meaning you could get penalized for harming them. A pest control company should be able to offer you recommendations and services that will safely and effectively remove your bird problem without causing damage to your home or the birds.