Yes, these pigeons really are close to humans. But did you know that these pigeons have been causing great damage and inconvenience to house properties, building properties, public structures, and even car hoods, almost every place they are a threat. Their droppings contain chemicals that are harmful to dry paints when exposed long term. Not only that but these droppings are potential for transmitting diseases to humans. Since people want them out so badly, there have been so many methods available to apply to keep them away from house properties and building properties. And if you’re planning on using pigeon traps to control these pests, then I can advise you some tips when using pigeons traps to get the most out of the trap.
Yes you need to survey the area first. At least try to observe where these pigeons usually perch or land on. This way, you will know where to place the traps once you set them to action. Also try to observe the quantity of these pigeons roaming around your area so you may know how many traps or how big the traps you should need to get them all.
Getting the Traps
Once you have surveyed the area, now it’s time for you to get the traps and have them ready, there are a lot of pigeon traps available in the market these days or you can just call a pest control store and inquire if they have these traps for pigeon.
If you’re planning on making a do-it-yourself trap, then do as you please. There are a lot of tutorials in the internet on how to make a do-it-yourself pigeon trap, depending on the effectiveness and capacity. Just make sure to have the necessary materials for the trap that you intend to make.
Show the Pigeons Some Love
Once you have the traps ready, don’t get too excited and place them in the area you have surveyed. This will just scare the pigeons off instead and it will give them the impression that there’s an alien device going around the place. Pigeons need to ensure their safety as well. So try giving these pigeons some food in the surveyed area for a few days, this will give them the sign that there is always food in that certain place. The pigeons will then always go back to that place in search of food. Choosing over which food to use as bait plays a big role to your success. Using grains, bird seeds, or even bread will attract these birds.
Telling the Pigeons it is Safe
When these pigeons get used to the cycle, try to put the trap this time (you can just put it anywhere you like) but keep the door always open. These pigeons will be scared at first but since they’re used to the cycle, they will just ignore this later but still keeping an eye on it.
If they get used to the trap just sitting there doing nothing, it’s time for you to place some food inside the trap. This time, since they are under the impression of seeing this trap as “no use” equipment, they won’t bother getting the food from inside the trap without hesitation. Still, hold your horses and give the pigeons some time to get used to the food that is now inside the trap. These birds are very social birds and they are easily attracted to one another. Once a pigeon gets inside the trap without getting hurt, it will invite the others and tell them it is safe.
Positioning the Traps
Now the pigeons are used to the trap and they are now used to getting food from inside the trap. It’s time to place the traps in their proper location. This time you can place them closer to the area where they usually eat.
Make sure that the capacity of each pigeon trap can endure the quantity of these pests once the trap bites off.
Monitoring the Pigeon Prisoners
You don’t want to let the pigeons stay in the trap for too long. It is also essential to provide enough food and water for them to survive while in the trap. This is important since they will invite more pigeons to go inside. Be sure that the trap is capable of trapping as much pigeons in your area. If you are facing large quantities of these birds, then might as well use a trap that is capable of capturing at least 20 pigeons.
Releasing the Pigeon Prisoners
Now you have successfully caught all the birds, it is time for you to decide what to do with them. If you’re planning on taking them to a far place and release them, then I would like to remind you that these birds have the homing ability to locate places, so they can just simply fly back to your place if you are to release them in a far place. Though there are a lot of pet stores who will buy these birds, still you need to decide for yourself. Some people will likely eat them instead but to most people out there, these pigeons are not any different than rats, which is why the pigeons are tailored as “flying rats” in some areas and so people are disgust on the idea of eating these pigeons. Some say they contain less nutritional value also.
These are tips on using a pigeon trap to control pigeons. To summarize things up, put bait in the area for a few days until the pigeons get used to it, put the trap with the bait and let them get used to it. Now put the bait and the trap but this time put some bait inside the trap as well. Let them get used to this cycle and you can then give your traps a shot. Remember to always check your trap and be sure that it is enough to hold the quantity of these pigeons.