Pigeons are a familiar sight in most towns and cities and as a result, the majority of us can quickly recognise the distinctive cooing sound they make. While some of us find the constant coo quite relaxing, others find it rather irritating – this may especially be the case if you have pigeons nesting outside your window.
Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, why exactly do pigeons coo?
One of the main reasons pigeons coo is to communicate with each other. The calling is particularly used when they’re trying to attract a mate or defend their territory. If this is the case, they often strut, bow or fan their tails at the same time.
You may not notice the cooing as much during the winter months and many assume this is because it’s not breeding season. The truth is however, most pigeons will raise several broods a year and providing the weather stays fairly mild, these birds will breed all year round.
The reason why you’re more likely to notice pigeon noises when the weather is warmer is because they’re less likely to be in hiding and you’re more likely to have windows open. It may also be at this time that they become a noticeable pest problem.
Although you probably won’t hear pigeons make other noises very often or perhaps you wouldn’t even recognise it’s a pigeon if you did, they can make other sounds such as grunting. If a pigeon is making a grunting noise, this usually means they’re in distress or they’re using the sound as an alarm or to warn others.
What To Do About Noisy Pigeons
Most people don’t want pigeons around their home or business premises and seek to get rid of pigeons. Aside from being noisy, they can also make an unsightly mess and be a general nuisance. Below we have listed some of the quickest and most effective ways to deal with a pigeon infestation, aside from pigeon pest control.
Remove Any Food Sources
Food is the main thing that’s guaranteed to attract pigeons and encourage them to nest around your property. Ensuring there are no food sources stops them from setting up home in the first place and even if you do already have a nest, they will move on pretty quickly if there isn’t an easy supply of food.
Install A Decoy
A lot of buildings have spikes around window ledges, balconies and on the roof because they create an un-perchable environment which makes pigeons less likely to settle there.
Reflective surfaces are also a great decoy because when the sun hits a reflective object, it creates a prism effect which interferes with pigeons’ eyesight.
You can also try installing sloped sheathing or bird netting because this will make it physically impossible for pigeons to settle. We are able to help you find the right method of pigeon pest control, read further for more information.
Spray Them With Water
A great way to scare pigeons away without causing them any harm is to spray them with the garden hose. It is important to do this when the birds first arrive however so they know this isn’t a comfortable place to set up home.
Call Pest Control
The best thing to do if you’re facing a pigeon infestation is to call a pest controller. Highly experienced in this field, we will be able to provide you with a range of pigeon deterrent and proofing solutions which will provide a long-term solution.
For your free pigeon control audit, contact Prokill today.