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« on: May 06, 2005 03:18:07 PM »

We live in an apartment, and recently we've had pigeons come in and out of our enclosed balcony through a space in between the railing and the wall of the balcony.  Does anyone know of a way to keep them away from our sapce without poisoning of maming them?  I don't want them to die-- I just want them to go away.  Please help...?

« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2005 03:21:37 PM »

No real advice but I share your pain.  We have some that like to call our roof their home.  They're so loud in the morning and are leaving droppings all over our patio and our patio furniture!  They just drive me nuts.

I have heard spraying a mixture of water and vinegar might help but I can't figure out how I'd spray water and vinegar all the way up to my roof.  Might be worth a try for you though...might be stinky though?

Good luck! 
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2005 03:27:53 PM »

My brothers recently had the same problem. They bought a plastic owl and tied it to the railing. Apparently pigeons are afraid of owls.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2005 03:53:15 PM »

The owl is suppose to work, but after time, they realize its not a real one.  I know that tiger urine works for deer...i wonder if it would have the same effect on flying rats? You could cut up peices of plastic bottles (like 2 liter soda bottles) and affix them to the spot they land on, it doesnt maim them, but it doesnt let them land anywhere.... Or you could always get a cat.

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2005 08:01:13 AM »

I'm not sure if this will work on pigeons.  When I need to reseed sections of my lawn, I stick a child's pin wheel into the ground.  The mylar ones that flash in the sunlight.  It keeps the birds away from that area.  I've also noticed, that a neighbor has one of those big flower pin wheels in their yard.  I never see birds there.
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2005 10:06:22 AM »

There is something called pigeon spikes.  You've probably seen it on big signs and buildings.  It's just a strip of spikes, the pigeons won't land on it.  If you can't find a small piece, so maybe you could create something that would make it uncomfortable to land on the place where they are getting in.
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2005 11:38:37 AM »

Things that are shiny (even old CDs tied to railings and plants) are supposed to work for scaring away birds, and some of those owls that people use actually move in the wind.  Some people reposition the owl frequently too so the birds don't wise up.

Sadly, I think I've tried all these tricks and more and still the birds love my balcony.  Mostly they hop around and molest my plants, but if I put hanging baskets up, they move in to stay.

I'd love to hear any other tricks anyone uses.  My local birdies are cute, but I wish they'd stick to the trees!
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2005 11:53:13 AM »

My grandma used to let plastic bags fly stuck in trees so they would scare of the pigeons.

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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2005 12:00:30 PM »

My grandma ties aluminum pie plates to her tree branches to keep birds out of her garden . . . they don't like the reflecty-ness.

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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2005 12:14:39 PM »

Hair!  My husband cuts his own hair at home with clippers (balding man) and saves it.  We sprinkle it in our baskets, planters, on the ground.  It keeps all kinds of animals away because human hair has a unique smell.  It's cheap too.  If you can't get some on your own, call your hair salon and tell them what you need, mind was able to help.
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