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Pigeons are pests update!

Hi there GW friends. Back in March I posted about a real problem I had with pigeons nesting and breeding under my solar panels. Since then the company I chose came to fit spikes which didn't work at all but now they've been  back to fit wire mesh like chicken wire all the way around the solar panels. There are points along the edges of the panels which allows you to screw the wire in. (These guys know what they're doing but I guess it could be a simple job if you're DIY experts and have the right equipment). Anyway, so far the wire mesh has done the job. 😀 Fingers crossed 🤞 it's a permanent solution. The pigeons look really miffed and still try their luck at getting back under but mostly they've decided my neighbours roof is now better. The problem just moves down to the next house but I know that the neighbors are also getting something done so the pigeons can't win with us!! Horrid creatures like rats with wings, they spread their germs, mess and noise everywhere and  constantly breed like mice so it's a battle to get rid of them. Finally I hope i have won this battle but am still keeping my fingers crossed they don't find a way to get back under. If anyone is needing a solution to rid pigeons from their eaves or under panels my advice is don't use sikes as they won't work. Use mesh, it's not as nice to look at but does the job more effectively. 


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,974
    I hate them with a vengeance too Claire
    Bordering countryside and woodland we're plagued with them.
    All veg has to be grown under nets and this time of year I'm woken around 5am by their non-stop cooing. There are piles of pigeon sh** under my pergola and the house windows are splattered daily. There are probably 20+ of them in my garden at any time. Then there's the non-stop sex - but enough of my problems :)
    As you say - nothing more than fat, winged rats - cull em!
    At least you've managed to move them on - for the time being
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Bagpuss57Bagpuss57 Posts: 256
    Yes perhaps you're right apart from the rats with wings, I'm not sure I've seen the human race flying around. Well you never know how evolution will turn out eh. But I get your point!!
  • Bagpuss57Bagpuss57 Posts: 256
    Ah yes I forgot about the air travel. You have a very good point that maybe everyone does need to be reminded of! 🤔
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,246
    You only need to look at the rubbish left by some scummy bunch at a beauty spot at the weekend [Dartmoor I  think?]
    The devastation in beautiful Glen Etive by manky humans  in the last few years is beyond belief. Attracted by bits of r*ddy films being made there. 
    Humans are worse than any other creature on the planet. 

    I'm quite enjoying my big fat pigeons nesting in the conifer this year - firts time they've done that. They obviously enjoy the facilities on offer. I do understand though, that a lot of them at one go can be a pain. Mine fly back and forth over my car to take in their nesting materials, so there's an inevitable amount of 'droppage'   ;)  Only for a short while though. 
    As for the sex Pete - I couldn't possibly comment...   :D
    It's starlings that cause most of the mess here   :/
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653
    Yeah :( they ate a lot of cherry blossom and beech leaf buds, when I could I would go out and clap to try to get rid of them 
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  • Bagpuss57Bagpuss57 Posts: 256
    I've got nothing against pigeons persay but when they start breeding under your solar panels and start causing damage that could potentially cost a fortune then that's where I draw the line! If they just came to the garden like the other birds without destroying my roof, and wrecking my gutters and patio then perhaps I'd be a bit more forgiving and tolerant of these annoying (but have to say quite amusing) creatures at times. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,246
    IanC63 said:
     Yet when we also get ugly wildlife ...well that would never do would it. 

    You've seen some of my neighbours then Ian..... :D
    Philippa - I'd hoped to walk Suilven this year, but apparently there's a film coming out soon and part of it was filmed close by, which means lots more people visiting. There's been a programme of path renovation there for a while [vital due to the nature of the surrounding Assynt landscape] and while it's great to encourage people to get out and see the landscape, it's not great when they come in their hordes, dumping their rubbish when they leave... :(
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    We’ve got a pair of local pigeons regularly visiting.  I think they’re wood pigeons or something, rather than the flying rats in central London.
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