--> Grandmother's recipe to scare away pigeons, useless?



Pigeons, although often perceived as harmless urban birds, can become a real nuisance when they decide to settle on your property. Grandmother’s recipes, once effective in keeping them away, seem to lose their effectiveness against increasingly urbanized pigeons. In this article, we will explore why these traditional methods no longer work and why it is wise to call an exterminator to solve this problem in a sustainable and safe way.



Risks associated with pigeon presence


Material damage

Pigeons can cause significant damage to buildings. Their droppings are acidic and can corrode surfaces, damage roofs, statues, and other structures. Additionally, pigeon nests can clog gutters and conduits, leading to drainage problems and water infiltration.

Health risks

Pigeons carry numerous diseases transmissible to humans, such as salmonellosis, psittacosis, and cryptococcosis. Their droppings can also harbor parasites like mites and ticks. For more details, you can visit the Government of Canada website.

Disturbances and nuisances

Besides material damage and health risks, the presence of pigeons can cause noise pollution and visual nuisances. Pigeon gatherings can be noisy, and their droppings can quickly soil outdoor spaces.



The evolution of urban pigeons


Adaptation to urban environments

Pigeons have remarkably well adapted to urban environments. They easily find food, shelter, and nesting sites in buildings and human infrastructures. This adaptation has made pigeons less sensitive to traditional deterrent methods.

Habituation to traditional methods

Pigeons, like many animals, can become accustomed to repellents and deterrent devices used repeatedly. Aluminum foil strips, scarecrows, and other grandmother’s tricks may lose their effectiveness over time.

Natural repellents

Many grandmother’s recipes rely on using natural repellents like spices, essential oils, and shiny objects. While these methods may offer temporary protection, they are often not powerful enough to deter pigeons long-term.




Why call an exterminator?


Expertise and experience

Exterminators have the expertise and experience needed to effectively manage pigeon infestations. They understand pigeon behavior and use proven methods to keep them away sustainably.

Effective and humane methods

Professionals use modern and humane techniques to deter pigeons, such as ultrasonic devices, protective nets, and anti-perch systems. These methods are designed to be safe for pigeons while effectively protecting your property.

Long-term prevention

In addition to solving the immediate problem, exterminators implement preventive measures to avoid future infestations. This can include modifying the environment to make it less attractive to pigeons and installing physical barriers.




The professional pigeon management process


Initial inspection

A professional exterminator will start with a thorough inspection of your property to assess the extent of the infestation and identify entry points and nesting sites.

Customized management plan

Based on the inspection results, a customized management plan will be developed. This plan will include specific recommendations and solutions tailored to your situation.

Implementation of solutions

Exterminators will implement the recommended solutions, which may include installing deterrent devices and cleaning infested areas.

Follow-up and prevention

After the initial intervention, follow-up visits can be scheduled to ensure the measures taken are effective and to adjust the plan if necessary. When installing protective nets, which are composed of tension, they may loosen over time. At Exterminatek, we are committed to returning to adjust these nets to ensure their continued effectiveness. Additionally, we will provide you with prevention tips to avoid future infestations.




Grandmother’s recipes to repel pigeons, although they may have been effective in the past, are no longer suitable for today’s urban pigeons. Calling a professional exterminator is the most effective solution to protect your property and health. Do not hesitate to contact us for an evaluation or effective treatment.

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