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Get rid of Pigeons With The Use of Strong Scents

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Pigeons, with their iridescent feathers and cooing calls, may seem like harmless city dwellers. However, property owners and city planners often face the challenge of managing pigeon populations, as these birds become a quick nuisance, leaving droppings and causing damage. Pigeons are known to regularly invade balconies, window sills, roofs or other recreational areas. One effective and natural method to deter pigeons involves exploiting their aversion to strong smells. Pigeons dislike certain powerful scents, and knowing how to use them can make your favorite placed bird free.


Also known as, rock doves, Pigeons are highly adaptable birds that thrive in urban environments because they are naturally domesticated animals. While their presence may add a touch of nature to city, the problems arise when they overstay welcomes and gather in greater and greater numbers.


A pigeon's well-developed sense of smell, plays a crucial role in their daily activities. Research shows that pigeons can detect and differentiate between various odors, and they are particularly sensitive to strong, unfamiliar scents. This sensitivity causes pigeons to avoid areas with powerful smells they are not used to.


 Here are four effective and accessible scents to use:


  1. Citrus Scents: Pigeons dislike the smell of citrus fruits, such as lemons and oranges. Spraying a mixture of water and citrus essential oil around the property can create an environment that pigeons find unpleasant. Additionally, placing citrus peels in strategic locations can serve as a natural deterrent.

  2. Vinegar Solution: A solution of vinegar and water can be sprayed on surfaces where pigeons roost or gather. The strong smell of vinegar is known to repel pigeons without causing harm. Regular application may be necessary, especially in areas prone to rain, to maintain its effectiveness.

  3. Spices and Herbs: Pigeons are also known to dislike certain spices and herbs. Planting or scattering herbs like rosemary, thyme, or oregano in the vicinity can discourage pigeons from settling in the area. Additionally, sprinkling cayenne pepper or chili powder on surfaces can deter them.

  4. Essential Oils: Essential oils with strong scents, such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or tea tree oil, can be mixed with water and sprayed on affected surfaces. The lingering aroma is likely to discourage pigeons from returning to those areas.


Certain smells, especially those associated with strong chemicals or cleaning agents, can be highly discomforting for pigeons. This discomfort is a result of their evolutionary adaptation to avoid potential dangers or toxins in their environment. By understanding this aspect of pigeon behavior, property owners can use it to their advantage in deterring these birds without resorting to harmful methods. The overuse of certain aromas may also prove ineffective as pigeons familiarize themselves with it.


In the quest for humane and environmentally friendly solutions to pigeon-related pests, understanding their behavior is key. Exploiting the pigeons aversion to strong smells is a natural and effective method for deterring pigeons from your property.

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