Getting rid of The Birds...
December 15, 2013 5:15 PM Subscribe
A bird couple (pigeons, apparently) have set up shop in the corner of my balcony and I have tried various and relatively humane methods in an attempt to drive them away. They've barely reacted. What are my next courses of action?
posted by chloe.gelsomino to Home & Garden (13 answers total)
Last week, I noticed an abundance of bird droppings all over my apartment balcony and early one morning, was awakened by cooing and pecking noises. The next day, I poked my head out and saw two amorous birds staring blankly at me. They didn't move from this spot for hours, if not the entire day. It appears that they are getting ready to lay eggs, if they haven't yet already. The "nest" isn't built from twigs, sticks, the usual nest-making material-- rather, the "nest" appears to be composed of dirt and dusty droppings. It is disgusting and I'm getting apprehensive of potential disease and germs as a result of allowing the birds to use up some of my balcony real estate.
Based on the bit of Googling I've done, I resorted to dumping at least 10 gallons of hot water on them, mixed with all natural cleaning solvents. I've taken a broom and swatted them on their heads, poked at them. All to no avail. They just shuffled around and ruffled their feathers.
I'm leaving town later this week and will not return until at least the new year. I'm at work from morning until later at night and am not sure if it'd be prudent for me to call a pest control company. Leaving the birds be and watching a bird family grow in front of my eyes is really not an option; the thought of this gives me the heebie-jeebies. I'm not sure if I'm comfortable, you know, "taking care of the situation", but at this rate, I may be that desperate.