Pigeons may be common and found all over the place, but they’re far from being safe to be around. Their droppings can not only stain and corrode surfaces quite severely, but they can also pose a threat to your health. From fungi that can be spread to humans, to respiratory illness, there’s a lot you can catch from areas where pigeon droppings abound. And if you have these birds in your attic, odds are that it’s full of droppings in there, as they will usually defecate just about wherever they live. Pigeons are also very apt at reproducing, and their young can not only be very loud and bothersome, but very messy as well.
How to get rid of pigeons in the attic: Like with any other wildlife infestation situation, the best practice is always prevention. But even if you find pigeons in your attic, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t just scare them away and then block any and all entrances so they won’t be able to get back in again. Of course, this is far easier said than done, as you might not scare them away for good, and they will likely get comfortable somewhere nearby.
A very simple and effective way of getting rid of them without actually having to get up in the attic all the time to scare them off is by placing a stereo in the attic and letting it play loud music for a while. This will usually ensure the birds will be bothered enough to leave and not come back, at least for a while, so you can take the preventive measures and clean the place up.
Speaking of which, always keep openings to your attics secured and covered properly. Otherwise, all that planning and hard work to get rid of the birds would have been in vain, as others will surely take their place shortly after. Pigeons look for safe places to create nests and rear their young – by not letting them freely roam your attic, you will deny them that space in the first place, and spare yourself a lot of headache and hard work in the process.
Once the birds have been all removed and the entrances and exits properly patched up, it’s time to do some cleaning. Remove all the droppings and then decontaminate the area with some industrial-grade cleaners and air fresheners. Keep an eye out for the birds returning, and make sure they haven’t found another hiding place near or on your property. Also make sure there’s no freely available food around your home, like bird feeders or unattended garbage. If there are nests, make sure you properly remove them as soon as possible, as those are the main reason birds will return over and over again in your attic. If you have any trouble with any of this, hit the Hire a Pro tab on our site for more info and help.
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