One way to keep pigeons off your roof

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Safe Haven Realty CalBRE# 01433049

large bag of unsalted peanutsI bought my home new in 1991.  I soon realized that pigeons seem to like new construction.  There are 11 homes on my lane and I would count 10 to 15 pigeons on each roof.  What I am going to say next isn't an understatement, pigeons are a mess!

It wouldn't be unusual for me to climb up on my roof a couple of times a week with a hose and broom.  The droppings those rats with wings birds left behind were an eyesore.  Whenever the pigeons would try to build a nest, I would sweep it off the roof.

My neighbors and I talked about how we could get the pigeons to leave.  The neighbor to my right decided to hang a fake owl from an eave.  The pigeons liked to sit on the owl's head.  Then my neighbor had a professional come out and tack netting to his roof.  The professional caused my neighbor's roof to leak.

The neighbor to my left was a rogue police officer with a pellet rifle.  One early morning I came out of my house to retrieve the newspaper.  I looked up to find my neighbor in his baby blue terry cloth bathrobe, with his pellet rifle balanced on the head of my pink pig mailbox, aimed at my roof.  I hit the deck.

Eighteen years go by, and I still had a pigeon problem.  Then one day I spotted a neighbor throwing peanuts out to the street.  He told me he was feeding the crows and scrub jays because he thought that they, being very territorial, would drive the pigeons away.  So I started throwing peanuts out as well.

I'm happy to report that after feeding our other birds, our pigeon problem is over.  Costco sells big bags of peanuts for $5 and I buy one every month.  If you are having pigeon problems and you have territorial birds in the neighborhood as well, this might work for you.  An added bonus is the entertainment of watching the crows and jays waiting for our garage door to open every morning.  Just make sure you buy the unsalted peanuts, I can't imagine what these birds would be like with high blood pressure!

 

 

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Cynthia Larsen is the owner and broker of record for Safe Haven Realty and has worked and lived in Sonoma County for over 25 years. For more information about Sonoma County, check out the commuinites of Bodega Bay - Cotati - Rohnert Park - Santa Rosa - Windsor.

 

To view all available homes for sale in Sonoma County and individual communites, please visit Sonoma County Homes For Sale Online!

 

 

Cynthia Larsen
Broker/Owner - Safe Haven Realty

Sonoma County, California, USA
(707) 332-2560

www.cynthialarsen.com


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Rainmaker
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Cynthia Larsen
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Mike - Just in time too, I am getting too old to be climbing up on the roof

Jim - can't help you there, buddy.  Have you tried corn flakes?

May 08, 2010 09:53 AM
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Ah, the circle of life . . . survival of the fittest.

May 08, 2010 01:00 PM
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Karen Anne Stone
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Cynthia:  Wow... what a great idea.  Rats with wings, huh ?  LOL.  I know some people like that, too.  Without the wings.  Now, with all the fun of watching the crows and scrub jays fighting off the pidgeons... you might be able to cancel your cable, as well.

May 17, 2010 03:36 PM
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Thanks Cynthia - we have a Pigeon issure which just started recently, I'm off to Costco this afternoon instead of ordering that Owl from Amazon.com. I'll let you know how it works out. Nice page rank on Google by the way!  :-)

July 02, 2012 01:49 PM
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Cynthia Larsen
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Brad - LOL, this was one of my first blog posts, I had forgotten about it! The price of peanuts has gone up, they are $7.00 now but still well worth it.

July 02, 2012 02:18 PM
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