Flying pests are tough to keep away from homes, and pigeons are no exception. While some people use bird strips and netting to stop them from landing, others turn to trapping pigeons. This method is often successful because the pests tend to stay in the same area. Several types of live pigeon traps are common:
- Loft Traps –Homeowners can screen in birds using their existing roosts. Set up the trap in a favorite pigeon gathering spot, but keep the entrance open until the birds inside are comfortable. Then, carefully close the trap’s door.
- Funnel Traps – Typically built from welded wire, these devices have cone-shaped doorways. Birds enter freely to eat but cannot escape through the smaller end of the funnel.
- Bob-Type Traps – These large pigeon traps have a small access door to remove the trapped birds. The key feature is the free-swinging bars that allow birds to enter. When the bars fall back into place, the birds are kept inside.
All three of these traps are often baited to attract pigeons. Special formulas are available, though cracked corn will also work.
Pigeons are pests due to their lack of migration and large numbers. Their strong homing instincts also allow them to return to a nesting location, even after some removal and relocation efforts.
Other negative issues associated with pigeons include fecal matter buildup. The pests’ droppings are acidic and cause damage to car finishes, lawns, and plants. Additionally, pigeon poop carries parasites that pose risks to human health.
Trapping Pigeons Professionally
Trapping is a slow and labor-intensive process, often resulting in only temporary relief from these nuisance birds. For complete pigeon removal, contact the pest professionals at Trutech.