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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pigeons Can Cause Real Damage to Your Roof

Anybody who has ever had a pigeon problem can tell you how difficult it is to get rid of them.  Once they decide to nest on your house, it becomes their home too and they don't want to leave.  If ignored, over time the debris left behind by the pigeons will interfere with proper roof drainage, and can cause water intrusion problems that are costly to repair.  So it's imperative that you keep your home pigeon-proofed, especially if your neighborhood has a significant pigeon population.  I'm by no means a pigeon expert, however I recently had to re-pigeon-proof my own home.

There are a variety of options available, from simply blocking off desirable perching areas, to more extreme measures such as installing pigeon spikes or applying hot foot gel that burns their feet when they step in it.  It's my understanding that the poisons which were used in the past are now illegal in many places, which is fine since the other products seem to work without harming the birds.  There are also services that remove the birds humanely, and then release them in a galaxy far, far away.  However you choose to deal with your pigeon friends, my advice would be to save yourself a bunch of time and frustration and hire an expert.

While pigeon problems are really no laughing matter, below is a funny YouTube video that was played at my Arizona ASHI® meeting this past weekend.  While I don't endorse trying this at home, anybody that's ever fought a pigeon problem can appreciate this video.  Enjoy, and remember...an ounce of inspection is worth a pound of repair!

Scott Hubbard of Homewerx Home Inspections in Phoenix, Arizona Written By: Scott Hubbard
Certified Home Inspector, ASHI® Member
Homewerx Home Inspections
Office: (480) 503-2611
Toll Free: 1-888-THE-WERX
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Funny Pigeon Video: (click below to play)

Posted by Scott Hubbard, Arizona Home Inspector on July 31, 2007 | Permalink

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