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Are Birds Of Prey Used To Control Pigeons?

Pest control specialists are always coming up with new ways to fight vermin. One of the most interesting innovations in recent years is the use of birds of prey to control pigeons. According to some people, this is an extremely effective method of pigeon control in London, although this technique does have its limitations.

This method of pest control is becoming popular

One of the biggest reasons for its popularity is because it is seen as a “green“ pest control technique. This practice has its origins in falconry. In that sport, birds of prey are trained to hunt and kill certain animals. This method is almost the same in principle.

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Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean these birds of prey are trained to go after pigeons and kill them. Yes, in some cases the birds may actually attack pigeons, but mostly they are used as a deterrent. You see, pigeons are terrified of these birds and will immediately vacate the area.

What happens is that the birds of prey are released into an area where pigeons are nesting. The falcons are then left to fly around for several hours. Usually, the pigeons will quickly fly away.

While this method is good there are drawbacks

For starters, using birds of prey to control pigeons is highly inefficient. You have to pay a handler to come out with their falcons. These birds must then patrol the area regularly over a period of time. In theory, the pigeons will leave for good at some point.

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The biggest problem with this is that the pigeons often return after the falcons have gone. These pests are extremely tenacious, and are not put off for long. What this also means is that you have to pay for the specialist to come out again and again. As you can imagine, this isn’t very cost effective. Another big issue is if the falcon does actually attack pigeons. This can be extremely violent, and may be off-putting to members of the public in the area. Pigeons are bed for business, but pigeons being torn apart by falcons is obviously worse.

There are far more simple and effective ways of controlling pigeons. For example, you can start by installing anti-roosting devices. Pigeon deterrent options like spikes and netting can help to prevent these pests from settling on your building. Our bird control team here at Diamond are very knowledgeable. Give us a call – we can advise you on all aspects of pigeon prevention.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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