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How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers, Geese, and Pigeons Around your Home


Worldwide there are over 180 species of woodpeckers. And they can live in forests, jungles, deserts, and even in American cities like Philadelphia, PA. 

Woodpeckers can also peck up to 12,000 times per day. A fascinating fact until you realize they're pecking your home and it's causing damage. 

When that happens, you want to know how to get rid of woodpeckers, not attract them. And they're not the only avian pests in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware

Geese and pigeons are also known to cause property damage to homes. Thankfully, there's something you can do about it before the damage becomes too costly.

Keep reading to learn how to get rid of pigeons, geese, and woodpeckers. 

How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers

Learning how to keep woodpeckers away is a bit tricky. That's because woodpeckers are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Some species are also protected by state laws. And two types of woodpeckers, the red-cockaded woodpecker, and the ivory-billed woodpecker are on the Endangered Species list. 

Woodpeckers Peck to Find Insects

Woodpeckers are persistent birds and once they select a pecking site it's hard to drive them away. Also, they eat insects so if they're pecking at your home, that means you have an insect infestation that's also causing damage.

If you are noticing woodpecker outside of your NJ, PA, MD, or DE home, call a pest control experts like Viking Pest to perform a detailed inspection to look for pest activity. If the woodpeckers are attracted to your home because of an insect infestation, properly removing their food source should help get rid of woodpeckers.  


Problems Caused by Geese & Pigeons

Both geese and pigeons can do a lot of damage to your home and your property such as damage to the following structures:

  • Roofs by droppings
  • Roofs by nests
  • Machinery
  • Fires started by bird nests
  • Ventilation systems blocked by bird nests
  • Vehicle finishes by bird droppings
  • Food and other products caused by bird droppings
  • Collapsed ceilings due to bird droppings

Droppings left by geese and pigeons make buildings and property throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland look dirty and unclean and it's certainly not sanitary. In fact, bird droppings can cause diseases from salmonella and E. coli. 

How to Get Rid of Geese

It's not uncommon to spot both snow geese and Canadian geese throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but while they may look pretty flying in formation, these birds can get very aggressive towards humans. 

If you find yourself with a flock of geese making themselves at home on your property, do not feed them. They're wild birds who need to learn how to forage for themselves. 

Keep your trash containers tightly closed at all times. Keep your grass long geese won't land in places where they're worried about predators hiding. This is especially true if you have manmade or natural water sources on your property. 

Dogs and Decoys

Certain dogs like Border collies are trained to get rid of geese. However, unless your dog just chases them away, you'll need to hire someone to properly chase the geese away rather than harming them. 

Decoys like plastic geese, fake coyotes or fake alligator heads frighten geese and keep them away. Especially if the decoy moves. 

If these methods don't work or you don't want to handle the problem yourself, contact your local bird control company at Bird Doctor for help getting the flock out of there.  

How to Get Rid of Pigeons

With pigeons, the problem is more widespread. It's rare you'll be bothered by a woodpecker or a goose in a city setting. 

Pigeons, meanwhile, are just as pesky in urban, suburban, and rural settings. But there are still steps you can take to get rid of them.

Urban & Suburban Settings

If a pigeon keeps landing on your patio, deck or balcony, wind-chimes will keep them away. They also don't like foil pans or balloons. 

The bird control experts at Bird Doctor can install bird deterrents, such as spikes, to keep pigeons away from roosting on your NJ, PA, MD, or DE home. Bird control experts at Viking Pest will perform a detailed inspection of your home and provide you with the best bird control treatment plan to keep your home bird-free.  

Suburban & Rural Settings

If you live in a suburban or rural setting, take a walk around your property to see if you can spot any pigeon-friendly places. Any place with vents, soffits, and large gaps up high will be the perfect spot for a pigeon to make a nest. 

What's worse is once they find a home, pigeons have long memories and will most likely use that as their roosting site for generations. 

Prevent Pigeons From Roosting

Place a fine-mesh screen over any open areas such as attic vents, soffits, and chimneys to prevent them from entering these spaces. Check your gutters and eaves. You may need to have gutter coverings installed. 

If you have a shed or outbuilding, get bird netting to keep pigeons and other pests out. If you have yard ornaments, birdbaths or fountains, place a decoy on it to prevent pigeons from hanging out and dropping waste on them. 


Call the Bird Control Experts at Bird Doctor. 

Whether you're trying to get rid of woodpeckers, pigeons or geese, it's a nuisance to try to do it on your own. Especially since the goal isn't to harm the birds.

That's why it's so important to call in bird control professionals. We know how to properly and safely remove birds from your property. And we can help prevent them from returning. 

When it comes time to call a bird control company, call the company that's the number one choice. Call Bird Doctor today for a free and no-obligation estimate at 800-825-1151.

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