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Help! How to get rid of pidgeons on the roof

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grannysue05 Thu 07-Jun-18 13:22:10

Every single morning I have to clean two areas of our path from pidgeon poop.
The pidgeons come early and perch on the gable ends of the roof (about six or seven of them).
They then deposit masses of white gooey poop before flying off.
The resulting mess is unsightly and right where people walk .
I clean up with hot soapy water and a yard brush, but I am getting fed up with the daily chore.
Does any GNetter have advice on how to discourage the birds from sitting on the roof?
I will be eternally grateful!

gillybob Thu 07-Jun-18 13:30:03

I know what you mean grannysue05 My sister lives in a ground floor flat and had horrendous problems with pigeon droppings from upstairs that landed in her little yard and all over her windows too. She ended up paying for a specialist to fit this special (anti bird) wire that prevents them from perching. You can buy it and do it yourself if its not too high. It cost her quite a bit (mainly in labour) but she can at least now use her small yard so well worth the investment.

hildajenniJ Thu 07-Jun-18 14:24:46

If you find the solution, let me know. I have wood pigeons on my roof. They begin cooing at the crack of dawn and wake me up. Shortly after sunrise the donkey in the field behind my house bray's, I'm used to that, but the pigeons are driving me to distraction.

Liz46 Thu 07-Jun-18 14:26:15

I'll keep reading this thread. One of my daughters has a flat which has two balconies, complete with pigeons' nests. At first she waiting for the babies to hatch and grow before she removed the nest but now she throws the eggs over the balcony. She was getting flies coming into the flat and the mess is awful. The problem with netting is the seagulls. They are protected birds and if one became caught in the netting she would have to pay to have it rescued.

OldMeg Thu 07-Jun-18 14:55:25

It’s against The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to destroy a bird’s nest or eggs or chicks. This includes pigeons. There are those who are licensed to remove certain nests and birds and that includes pigeons. If you installed netting and a bird gets caught in it and dies then you are always liable for prosecution.

Best to consult the local district council about removing nests, etc.

BlueBelle Thu 07-Jun-18 15:42:48

I have pigeons in my roof they ve been there years there poop lands on the garden so I don’t have to do anything I hope it manures the ground things grow ok so must be alright
Its a shame they sit over your pathway

Coolgran65 Thu 07-Jun-18 15:49:40

Our house has two areas of flat roof and on occasion a little water can settle. With or without the water we are still tortured with pigeons. One of the flat roofs s above our bedroom and we can hear them splashing and having a great time, singing and dancing. In dry weather they are still there and we can hear them as they dander across over our heads.

Two cars sit in the drive and occasionally get a poop present though nothing too dreadful. It's the partying above our heads that gets my wick going.

Jalima1108 Thu 07-Jun-18 16:10:36

We have birds sitting in the tree in the front garden - I think seagulls are the main culprits.
DH has to park his car underneath there and he is forever moaning about having to clean off the bird poop.

OldMeg Thu 07-Jun-18 16:24:19

BlueBell

Its a shame they sit over your pathway 🤣🤣🤣

Jalima1108 Thu 07-Jun-18 18:25:13

Two pigeons have just had an almighty fisticuffs, rather a wingicuffs, in our garden. What a palaver!
One eventually gave in and flew away.
It was quite entertaining

LynneB59 Thu 07-Jun-18 18:26:41

Move house. Madness!

NfkDumpling Thu 07-Jun-18 18:28:54

They roost in the tree above where we have to park our car. Poop on the car - and lay the occasional egg. Ever tried getting baked on egg out of a rear windscreen wiper?! A hose pipe sprayed up their bottoms does discourage them for a while.

PamelaJ1 Thu 07-Jun-18 18:58:11

‘Our’ pigeons eat up all the bits that fall from our bird feeders and don’t leave any for the rats.
We consider this outweighs their other annoying habits so put up with them.

Jalima1108 Thu 07-Jun-18 20:26:09

A hose pipe sprayed up their bottoms does discourage them for a while.
grin
Well, actually, I laughed until I started coughing!!

lemongrove Thu 07-Jun-18 21:16:11

Obviously you can’t cover your entire roof with any anti-pigeon netting etc, but why not have some plastic spikes put up near the roof edges to stop the mess? At least it won’t make your pathways messy then.Any ‘odd job man’ would be able to install it.
We had a big problem with them here, but over the last ten years, red kites have done a sterling job of reducing their
numbers.

ElaineI Thu 07-Jun-18 23:00:53

On the health centre roof we had to get plastic pokey up things attached to all the edges and roofline to stop the pigeons. Not long after it opened a few got inside the roof and died then we had bluebottles and flies - not so nice anywhere especially a health centre!
I don't know what they are called. Estates put them up and maintain them.

GabriellaG Fri 08-Jun-18 09:49:43

I had a slightly similar problem with pigeons and rang the RSPB who gave me the number of a 'professor' at some society or other.
After explaining the problem of yakking pigeons and their nesting habits she sent me (unbelievably) an email with an attachment granting me a 12 month licence to shoot them.

GabriellaG Fri 08-Jun-18 09:51:40

Elaine1
I imagine they would be pigeon spikes and they are usually metal.

GabriellaG Fri 08-Jun-18 09:56:34

2 weeks ago I removed a pigeon nest which had 3 eggs off part of my roof where there are window boxes.
I'd been quoted £300 by a company who were OK with doing it as it was only pigeons who are vermin.

glammanana Fri 08-Jun-18 10:04:14

We have a very large tree in the shared parking area at the front of where we live there are a number of nests in there so plenty of bird poop is dropped on the cars,every day the windscreens have to be cleaned off and there is no way at all can I have the roof of my car off as the poop would be all over the inside of my car I forgot once and went out to a mess on my seats I have never forgotten again.
Things aren't helped by my next door neighbour throwing out bread to feed the birds every day,I have bird feeders at the bottom of my garden which keeps them away from the house.

Foxyferret Fri 08-Jun-18 10:07:21

We have two house Martin nests directly over our porch roof. Every day I have to get very hot water and throw it out of the bathroom window to wash the poo off the windowsill and the roof. They come back every year to the same place. The neighbours must wonder what on earth I am doing but if I don’t, a small mountain of poo builds up on the porch roof. It’s easier to do the hot water routine. I do love the birds, just wish they would choose somewhere else to nest, even if it was only one season.Sorry I cannot help with you pigeon problem but hope you find an answer.

starbird Fri 08-Jun-18 10:18:53

The plastic spikes for walls and fences are available from catalogues such as ‘Easylife’ and also for gutters on line from various sources incl Amazon.

Barmeyoldbat Fri 08-Jun-18 10:26:13

We use the plastic spikes, it helps to sop cats coming in, pooing and not burying it and we bought them online.

Funnygran Fri 08-Jun-18 10:26:57

I’ve just come downstairs from cleaning pigeon poop off a bedroom window and picked up my iPad to read Gransnet. There are two pigeons who sit for ages on our gutter just watching the world go by. But they sometimes sit the other way for some reason hence the dirty windows! We do get a lot in the garden and since I have bird feeders they help themselves. I don’t mind them really although they make a mess, all God’s creatures as my mother used to say.

moleswife Fri 08-Jun-18 10:58:21

Get a plastic kestrel on a stick!