How to Prevent Future Damage
Replacing the steeple was necessary, but how is the church going to defend itself against another pigeon attack? Several different pigeon deterrents are available to help defend the church. Here are the preventative measures that can be taken to keep pesky pigeons away from buildings.
In this case, bird spikes were chosen as the first line of defense. One of the biggest reasons why pigeons were attracted to the steeple was all internal ledges and beams that were perfect for roosting and nesting. Using spikes blocks off the pigeons’ ability to land on these surfaces making it a tried-and-true method for buildings worldwide.
For buildings where aesthetics are a concern, such as historic buildings, shock track is a good alternative to spikes. Shock track is low-profile and virtually invisible from the ground looking up. It works the same way electric fences work to manage livestock. If a bird lands on the track, it is shocked with a harmless amount of electricity that is just enough to scare and deter the bird from landing there. In turn, they seek more comfortable places to land and learn instinctively not to return to the treated area.
Finally, for extra pigeon pressure, install a BirdXPeller Pro (version 1) facing the problem area. The BirdXPeller Pro is a sonic deterrent, meaning it broadcasts naturally recorded pigeon distress and alarm cries combined with menacing predator calls to “warn” the birds that the area is unsafe. The pest pigeons will instinctively adhere to these “warnings” and seek a more welcoming place to roost and leave the treated area.