While most birds live in the wilderness and rarely come in contact with humans, some of them occupy our everyday spaces. However, sometimes that can escalate into a bigger problem. Birds like pigeons are known disease carriers, and their acidic droppings can damage all sorts of surfaces. Furthermore, the widespread availability of food and nesting materials can lead to the overpopulation of pest birds. This is why many Las Vegas residents have a problem getting rid of them from their property. It seems like, no matter what you do, they just keep coming back and making a mess. Fortunately, while the situation can be dire, it is far from unsolvable. Here is some advice from bird control Las Vegas specialists that will help you scare off birds in Las Vegas permanently.
The most effective way to scare off birds in Las Vegas permanently
There are a lot of bird control methods out there. Some are more effective than others and you can combine them to find the solution that suits you. However, there is only one solution that guarantees results – Las Vegas pigeon control services.
Professionals have everything it takes to take care of your bird problem: training, experience, and equipment. Furthermore, they are extremely efficient at their jobs. Often, it takes them but a day or two to safely suppress a fully blown infestation. And, all that time, you won’t have to lift a finger. Therefore, going for pros should always be your first option. But, if you’re intent on DIY-ing it, here are some steps you can take.
Don’t encourage birds to move in with you
Birds are driven to certain homes for several reasons. In general, these come down to:
- An abundance of food and water;
- Availability of nesting materials;
- Safety of nooks and crannies.
Any of these factors can be reason enough for birds to move in. Unfortunately, a lot of people oversee them. Thus, inadvertently inviting pigeons and other pests into their homes. It is one of the most common mistakes. On the bright side, it is also also the easiest one to remedy. So, before you turn to more extreme solutions, it is best to check if you can discourage fluttery beasts from taking a liking to your home.
(Re)move bird feeders
It is a noble idea to keep bird feeders in your yard or balcony. However, leaving seeds for little chirping buddies can soon become a problem. That one pigeon you fed can decide to be a pal and “spread the word”. The next thing you know, there’s a whole flock nesting at your property. Needless to say, that can lead to a nasty mess and a whole host of problems.
Fortunately, the solution to this one is beyond easy. Simply remove the feeders and you’re good to go. If you still want an occasional visitor, move them to a remote part of your property. That way, you can still enjoy the song and the company, without risking a full-blown infestation.
Take care of bird baths, too
Bird baths are a beautiful decoration for any backyard. Sadly, they can also attract pest birds, especially during warm days. So, you’ll have to do something about bird baths, too. The simplest option is, of course, removing them altogether. However, if you want to keep your decoration, there is an alternative.
All you need to do is pair your bird bath with a predator figurine. They are quite cheap, widely available, and come in all shapes and sizes. So, it won’t take you long to find the one that will fit your yard’s decor. After a few minutes of browsing, you’ll have the perfect fit.
The roof is the riskiest part of your home
Birds love to build nests on chimneys and around solar panels. But, in doing so, they cause excessive damage. When it comes to driving birds away from your roof, things can get a little tricky. Birds leave behind a lot of mess that is dangerous to your health if left unattended. Also, they leave behind pheromones that drive them to come back every season. Therefore, a roof (including PV system and chimneys) must be thoroughly cleaned before installing deterrents.
However, this is quite risky for the roof, solar array, and you. Up there, a small misstep can have catastrophic consequences. So, for this kind of project, you should definitely consider hiring professionals. There are a lot of rooftops and solar panel cleaning Henderson companies that will make this endeavor swift and, above all, safe. Only then should you choose how to proceed. The options for your roof include:
- Bird spikes;
- Bird shock tape;
- Exclusion screening;
- Bird netting/wire meshing.
Bird spikes are the most common way to scare off birds in Las Vegas permanently
This is a classic method to permanently scare off birds from Las Vegas balconies and rooftops. Here, too, you can choose from a variety of lengths and materials, from polypropylene plastic spikes to stainless steel ones. Bird spikes are not complicated to set up, per se, but it does take a little time. Especially if you are placing them in complicated places, which can also be quite risky.
Give them no place to stay
One of the best ways to get rid of birds is to give them no option for nesting or landing. Exclusion screens and bird netting is ideal for corners and gaps on your roof. This kind of bird deterrent is a good choice for uneven roofs or solar panels. However, setting up a pigeon guard for solar panels can be tricky, for two reasons.
First, an uneven surface of the roof is difficult to stand on and, thus makes installing bird guards risky. And, second, an amateurish approach can easily result in damage to your solar panels. That’s why you should always consider hiring professionals to do the job.
Scare tactics are always viable
If you are intent on going all-in on scare tactics, you’ll be happy to know that you won’t lack options. There’s a whole array of bird scarers out there, ranging from simple homemade ones to pricy high-tech devices. All you need to do is find the one, or a combination, that suits your needs. Let’s start off with some subtle solutions first:
- Reflective tape;
- Motion-sensitive sprinklers.
Some may be more suitable for the yard, some for balconies and front porches, and some for rooftops. So, let’s narrow down the selection a bit so you can choose the right product for you.
Shiny, luminous, glistening
Reflective bird repellents are incredibly popular due to their low price. Shiny tapes and discs can be an elegant and attractive solution. They come in all shapes and sizes and are super easy to make at home. Classic and modernized pinwheels are another great option. They are silent and quite interesting as decorative pieces.
The biggest upside of all these items is how easy they are to make and install. You just hang them wherever you need them and – that’s it. They’re good to go. Also, if you have kids, there’s no doubt they’ll be thrilled to help you make them. So, it is quality family time and a way to scare off birds in Las Vegas permanently. A win-win situation!
Almost all birds have a natural predator. Most small ones are afraid of hawks, owls, and even crows. So, when it comes to protecting your backyard, having them would be a great choice. Well, not the real ones, of course. You don’t want to trade one infestation for another. But, you can opt for the next best thing.
Bird scarecrows today are lifelike and decorative. Some manufacturers even take them a step further by using the above method. They put reflective eyes on their figurines which terrify smaller birds. The only downside is that you must move them around every now and then. Otherwise, pest birds can get used to motionless scarecrows and start ignoring them.
Scare off birds in Las Vegas permanently and water your yard at the same time? Seems like an ideal combination. And, for the most part – it is. Motion-sensitive sprinklers work wonders on natural lawns. Most of them have adjustable coverage, and many day-night options to meet your needs. But they suffer from a limited range and motion degree. Also, the sensor in most products is quite sensitive and reacts to every motion. It may even react to plants moving in the wind. So, not the best solution if you have a pet.
Protecting your balcony and front porch
While porches and balconies aren’t ideal for birds to nest at, they’re still far from safe. Pigeons can still make a mess that is a pain to clean. Not to mention the nasty smells they’ll leave behind. Therefore, it is wise to focus on these “lower-risk” areas, too. Here are some good ideas for protecting your balcony and front porch:
- Repellent gels and sprays;
- Reflective discs;
- Predator scarecrows;
- Bird shock tape;
- Exclusion screening and netting.
We already spoke about reflective discs, scarecrows, and netting. So, we’ll skip them in favor of other solutions on this list.
Chemical warfare is a reliable way to scare off birds in Las Vegas permanently
Take it easy, it’s not that kind of chemical warfare. Rather, the kind is designed to scare off birds without harming them. Today, you can find a lot of FDA-approved sprays and liquid bird deterrents. These only disturb or bother their sense of smell, thus making it uncomfortable for birds to remain in the affected place. Said chemicals can be applied to any surface, such as wood, metal, and stone.
Bird repellent gel is another excellent solution. It’s a non-toxic sticky gel that birds don’t like to step on. The gel is suitable for surfaces like railings, wooden beams, or similar areas that birds love to hang out on. It can discourage birds to come back.
Again, there is no need to worry. Bird shock tape emits a small and brief electric surge. It is just enough to trigger a response, but not harm birds. This repellent is easy to install and does not take too much time to set up. Bird shock tape is transparent and can be applied on most surfaces. Still, it is best suited for beams, roofs, and window railings.
Options are many, but be sure to choose the right one
Waging war against pest birds can be exhausting and time-consuming. Therefore, to scare off birds in Las Vegas permanently, you’ll have to take a methodical approach much like the one that Peak Services takes. Take some time to learn about the bird species you’re having a problem with. Finding out their likes and dislikes will help you a lot in devising an effective solution. Even so, only one deterrent from the above list may not be enough. So, there’s a good chance you’ll have to combine them for the best results.
Lastly, always remember to keep birds away from your property in a humane way. While they are an annoyance, they don’t do it on purpose. It is only the way nature works, and every creature, pest or not, has a bigger role to play.