We were recently called in to look at a pigeon proofing job and the managing agent wanted one solution, the resident asked for something else and the
client had a whole different suggestion altogether. Trouble is, the conditions of the lease didn’t allow for any of the options.
Other companies might have scratched their heads and walked away. We scratched our heads, thought about it and came back with a solution.
We were dealing with feral, or town, pigeons. They’re not as hardy as their country cousins, the wood pigeon, and need protecting from the elements. And
these particular pigeons had found a lovely shelter on the beams supporting the floor of the balcony above the resident’s flat. Not only that, the pigeon
were leaving large deposits of pigeon guano on the balcony floor.
We always recommend putting up netting as a physical barrier – it’s pretty much the only guaranteed way to prevent pigeons coming back. However, the
clients were adamant they didn’t want netting around the balcony as this would’ve spoiled their view. So we improvised! After cleaning and disinfecting the
area, we installed a small piece of netting to the beams only, using clips, bridging clamps and wire rope to secure it in place.
It worked a treat to stop the pigeons roosting on the beams... but we knew that wouldn’t be the end of the pigeon problem.