Preventing Pigeon Infestation and Damage, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the broad options at your disposal if you’re looking to prevent pigeons from damaging your property. There are several types of pigeon deterrents on the market, from basic netting to products that utilize pigeon senses to drive them to other locations.

At A-1 Exterminators, we’re happy to provide pigeon deterrent services that are both safe and free of pesticides as part of our residential and commercial pest control services. One leader in this space that we’re proud to partner with is Bird Barrier, a company that produces several excellent products in this industry. One such product is their Optical Gel, a solution that utilizes multiple pigeon senses (sight, smell and touch) to keep them away from your property with a high degree of effectiveness. Let’s look at some of the benefits of Optical Gel, from its ease of installation and use to the wide range of birds it covers.

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How They Work

Birds like pigeons have several senses that are extremely strong, including sight, smell and touch alike. At the same time, though, these senses can be manipulated in a few small ways that help prevent them from roosting on your property.

That’s the name of the game with Optical Gel. When placed in areas like your roof, balconies, ledges, HVAC equipment and any others where pigeons nest, they will mimic certain negative senses that pigeons associate with. They’ll give off a strong odor of citronella and peppermint oil, for starters, one that pigeons hate but humans tend to enjoy.

They’ll also use beeswax that pigeons don’t like to touch – once they do, they’ll associate this with an unpleasant area and won’t want to return. And finally, Optical Gel prevents pigeons from even flying over to begin with in many cases by creating an appearance of fire or smoke near the dish, which pigeons will view as dangerous and will want to avoid.

Simple Installation and Safety

Installing Optical Gel products is simple, and our pros are fully certified in this area. We just remove covers from the dishes and stick or zip-tie them to the proper areas, with a few solutions for strangely-shaped surfaces.

In addition, Optical Gel is fully safe and barely even noticeable for humans. Dishes are very small and remain fully out of sight once installed, and the materials used are fully green and environmentally friendly. Best of all, Optical Gel dishes will last for multiple years.

Birds They’re Effective For

While we primarily utilize Optical Gel products for pigeons on your property, they can also be effective with each of the following bird types:

  • Woodpeckers
  • Crows
  • Starlings
  • Gulls
  • Mud swallows
  • Other roosting birds

For more on Bird Barrier’s Optical Gel, or to learn about any of our other pigeon control or pest control services, speak to the staff at A-1 Exterminators today.