3. Repel pigeons from gardens
There are a variety of solutions on offer to repel pigeons. Elizabeth Frieling, co-owner of Vanguard Wildlife Solutions said: “Optical gel is a tool that has incredible results deterring birds when used correctly. The product uses multi-sensory disks that must be spaced a certain way.
“It is made from citronella, peppermint oil, agar, and beeswax – pigeons do not like the smell of citronella or peppermint oil. You clean the area beforehand to remove bird pheromones.
“Application of optical gel masks pheromones and creates a sight disturbance, and if pigeons were to touch it, it would be sticky. The birds won’t like it – but it doesn’t harm them. The product is both humane and more aesthetically pleasing than bird spikes.”
Zoologist specialising in ornithology Joseph Greene, founder and CEO of Trinidad Birding, recommended an ultrasonic deterrent.
He explained: “These devices are small and discreet, they can be placed anywhere and omit a sound that humans cannot hear, however, birds can. The sound is quite jarring to the bird population and will quickly deter them from staying and nesting in the area.