The Problem with Pest Birds Roosting

Birds roost in areas where there is food and safety. These roosting areas tend to be high up above the ground, along edges of buildings, where birds can scan for food below and avoid predators. Common roosting surfaces include rooftops, window sills, parapet walls, high beams, billboards and other signs.

The problem with roosting is that birds and pigeons gather in large numbers, leaving behind piles of mess and damage. Birds defecate every time they take flight (one pigeon produces one pound of droppings every week) – so to have them returning to roost in one spot concentrates the problem. A whole flock of roosting pigeons can create an extremely unsanitary situation in a very small amount of time. For more information about pest bird damages, see our Cost of Pest Birds and Their Droppings page.

Roost Inhibitors and Bird Roosting Prevention

To stop birds from roosting on specific surfaces, Bird-X recommends physical barriers such as:

  • Bird spikes – prevent birds such as gulls and pigeons from roosting on all kinds of ledges
  • Bird netting – keep birds out of specific areas with exclusion netting; 100% effective
  • Bird gel – protect high-profile surfaces such as signs with nearly-invisible tacky bird repellent gel
  • Bird wire – stop birds from perching with a stainless steel wire roost inhibitor

For larger areas, electronic bird control devices are a great synergistic addition to roost inhibitors, for maximum impact and long-term effectiveness.