How to Control Pigeon Population

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To control a pigeon population in the yard, eliminate the food and water source that attracts them, block of nesting and perching areas using string, and sprinkle strong-smelling spices around the property to discourage their presence. Get rid of a... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to control pigeon population. Well, what's going on in the world right now is that animals, or birds like pigeons, are overpopulating because they have no natural predators. There's no wildcats, and there's no wolves. And there's a lot of other animals that would keep them under control out. And they are just thriving in the city because of all the garbage and all the people that are supporting their livelihood. They don't have to work for a living, they can just eat from wherever they're at. So to control the pigeon population, we've gotta find out why are they so attracted to the area? So the first thing that you have to do is get rid of the food. So if there's lots of garbage, or there's lots of people feeding them, or seeds, you've got to clear out that area completely, and you've gotta give 'em a reason not to come. And water, too. There's always water in parks, and there's really no way to get rid of the water because we want the water in our parks. The only way to control their population is to stop them from nesting. So if they're nesting in your carport, or in a building, you have to put fencing up or little metal spikes anywhere where they're landing. Or another good trick that I have found is using any kind of spice or pepper. This is cinnamon. And you can also use pepper, or cayenne pepper, anything real spicy. And, usually, any animals don't like a strong, spicy smell. So if you pour that over the wood where they're landing, or if they're going to the window sills or in the park or in your carport, if you just sprinkle pepper, or cayenne pepper or cinnamon everywhere, that might deter 'em. Many people swear on putting little snakes or birds or owls, plastic owls out. That might deter 'em as well. But you have to fence off where they're nesting. So the only way to stop them from overpopulating is to stop their areas where they are populating. So by making barriers or using spices, or just using your hose and scaring them away continuously, a lot of times, eventually they won't come back. And really, that's the only way that we can control the pigeon population. You have to take their food source and their water source away. And that way we can all live together, naturally.