Treating spots where pigeons stand, roost or perch, expedites the process of getting pigeons to relocate. Perching is a terrific waste of time and money if you have not resolved your nesting problem first. Trapping is a very temporary means of getting large perching problems under control. We prefer whenever possible to treat spots with long term solutions that will deter future flocks for years.
We always recommend treating your very-desirable upper roof-peak vantage points first. Spring-tight displacement wire is the least expensive, most successful roof peak perching application. A very thin galvanized wire is run 4 inches high across the middle of the tiles, thereby displacing birds off the peak. This application is great for curved tiles and slightly less-effective for flat tiles. This application is about 95% effective after the first week.
Chimney tops present another multi-level perching platform where pigeons go to seek predators. We treat chimney tops with 8 foot chimney spiders to control perching.
The best application for treating stuccoed window ledges is a painted pointed metal spike. There are dozens of spikes on the market. Pigeons can nest and perch in the wrong type of spike or if used in the wrong place.
Perching displacement wire and sticky foot gel help push birds from the protection of walls out into the view of predators. Sticky foot gel must be used sparingly and never in the valley of tiles where pigeons will nest in it. Sticky foot is a product we use as a temporary perching solution to see if the flock will simply move to another spot on the same roof, become fewer or leave altogether. This is especially effective in tile valley nesting spots which can be cost prohibitive to treat for nesting.
When pigeons perch in the flat of the open roof, it is generally in tile run areas. When trapping is not enough to fix this area and application is necessary, we use one of 2 products. The entire tile run area can be successfully covered with a relatively low-profile trampoline-type application called Stealth Net. Check your guarantee; pigeons often nest against poorly installed supports for this product.
The other product is a non-lethal, low-profile, expandable, solar-powered, electric-shock system. There are 4 different types and prices of solar shock systems. It is important a contractor select the right system since pigeons easily nest against the track or hardware from the wrong system. Note: It is absolute overkill to use a shock system on upper peak or ridge tiles.
Contractors usually treat pillar tops with spikes but pigeons are adept at nesting in spikes. Therefore, we exclude pigeons from these areas with painted ½” galvanized wire mesh panels.
Pigeon Slide Technology for perching is a custom fit application made of a powder coated metal. PST is often shaped like a cone, an upside down “V”, or like part of a pyramid (for high-end pillar tops and parking garages). We charge a minimum $47.00 to return and treat perching spots not included in the original contract.
*When a contractor treats an area for perching they should include a guarantee that pigeons will not perch on treated areas for a minimum of 3 years, exception only to temporary perching gel.
*Homeowners are responsible to alert contractors and future owners of the potential trip and shock dangers of perching applications on the roof deck.