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Lethal Ways to Get Rid of Your Pigeon Problem

Ah the pigeon. The bird used for generations to send messages during war time. Messages would be tied to pigeon’s feet and sent from one place to another. Frequently these pigeons could carry messages for a couple of hundred miles to their destination. It was truly a remarkable tale for these avian creatures.

That is the noble part of the pigeon story. Unfortunately, most of know pigeons for the disgusting, dirty animals that leave their feces and other waste everywhere they go. What makes them even worse is that they don’t simply travel as a few pigeons. They congregate as a massive group, leaving a disgusting, disease ridden mess everywhere they congregate together in Florida. Clearly no one in Naples wants to see that.

Because these animals are so horrific, most wish they could simply get rid of them in Florida. That they could poison them, shoot them, burn them, or whatever lethal means that they could find at their disposal to rid themselves of these rats of the bird world. If this is the option you have selected to get rid of these birds from your property, here are some great ways to kill pigeons.

The easiest way is to poison them. You can buy some poisons that you can simply place in an area where they are known to eat and let them ingest the poison as well and soon they are dead. Many in Florida choose to put out food that is mixed with the poison to act as bait to get them to eat it and then they die.

It is a great scheme that has one catch. When the birds die guess who gets to clean them up. That may not seem like a big deal if you only have four or five pigeons, but when you have thirty or more that are poisoned and die in Naples that can make for a messy cleanup.

You also have to make sure you do the cleanup really quickly, because your dog or cat may find a dead pigeon to be an appetizing meal. They eat the pigeon and then die themselves. That would not work at all. So your cleanup must be done expeditiously.

It is still not that big of a deal to clean up if you choose the poison option. Just make sure that you wear gloves when you do so. Pigeons do carry diseases and you do not want to handle them with your bare hands. It is also a good idea to wear a surgical mask and cover as much of your skin as possible, just to be safe. It may not be necessary, but why take the risk.

Some decide that shooting a pigeon is the best option. You’ve heard of clay pigeon shooting, well this is real pigeon shooting. You, of course, need to make sure you are in an area where you can safely and legally disarm your firearm, and you want to make sure that no one is in danger when you shoot. By doing this you can eliminate the birds and free yourself from their existence on your property.

You also have to consider that these need to be cleaned up as well. You can’t leave dead pigeon pieces all around Naples, primarily because the dead body parts will attract all kinds of other animals in Naples that will think the blown apart pigeon will make a tasty snack. This can include raccoons, foxes, squirrels, and even more rare animals such as mountain lions and bears if you live in more wooded areas. You have to be careful or you will attract these kinds of animals, and they can cause a much more severe problem than a bunch of birds can.

Some choose to get more exotic with their methods of killing pigeons. They lure birds that love to feast on pigeons, like hawks and falcons, and get them to come and handle their problem. This only works if you live in an area where falcons and hawks are known to live. There are ways you can get them to want to come toward your property. Once they see a tasty supply of pigeons lurking about they will be happy to stick around for a while looking for a meal.

The one major problem with this option is that virtually any small animal can become a nice tasty meal for the hawk or falcon. This means that if you have a cat or a small dog they can become fair game as well. This is especially true if the your predator bird has become so good at killing off the pigeons that few if any still exist near your home. Now they are looking for other food options and your Chihuahua or cat may be the perfect meal to be carried off and devoured. You need to weigh the pros and cons of this option before selecting it.

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