Read Full Article here… lifehacker.com

Photo: PauliusPeleckis (Shutterstock) Pigeons are pests. There are reasons city-dwellers call them “rats with wings”: They multiply quickly—reproducing over the course of just a few weeks—and drive away other bird species. Their droppings are gross, and they can carry and spread a range of parasites and diseases. They can also cause problems around your home : Slippery walkways due to a build-up of droppings (gross) Corrosion from acidic feces (ugh) Clogged gutters, drains and chimneys due to nests, increasing the risk of fire or flood Once pigeons choose to roost on your balcony or roof, they can be difficult to kick out. Access to food, water, and a safe place to nest are the key factors inviting the pigeons to make themselves at home on your property, so those are the issues you’ll want to address for pigeon prevention and management. Here’s how to deal with a pigeon problem. Get rid of anything they can eat Close up trash cans, cover compost piles, and remove any bird feeders. You don’t want to condition pigeons to use your home or yard for mealtime. If you must keep bird feeders, ensure they are pigeon-proof—you can find feeders with holes that are too small for pigeons to fit through or that have weight sensors too sensitive for larger birds. Block them with bird netting or spikes The next step to getting rid of pigeons is to make it difficult for them to roost on your house. Hang bird netting vertically to prevent […]