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Tips For Trapping and Deterring Pesky Pigeons

Read about Kness’ helpful tips on trapping pigeons.Feral pigeons are some of the most pervasive pests around and can create problems for homes and businesses alike. Their homing abilities can make long-term removal very difficult and, to some degree, impossible. However, pigeon-trapping methods exist that will at least help you begin the process of removing and deterring them. The Kness team has assembled a few key tips for how to trap pigeons and remove them from your vicinity.

Start With The Basics

Before you begin trapping, be sure to check state and local laws. Even though federal U.S. laws do not protect feral pigeons, it’s a good idea to consult local authorities. As long as everything is in order from a legal standpoint, you can start trapping pigeons by purchasing live traps–such as the Kness Kage-All® Bird Trap–and assembling your bait. For bait, foods like grains, seeds, fruits, and water will work just fine. Whole corn is one of the best baiting options because smaller, non-target birds do not eat the larger kernels.


To determine where to set the live pigeon traps, place bait around locations where you see the birds congregating. Monitor these areas for a few days and narrow down the number of baiting sites to a few of the most active ones. Once you’ve determined the trapping areas, place the live traps at those locations. Leave the traps unset and place bait and water in the devices. Also, disperse a little bit of bait leading toward the entrance. By doing this over the course of a few days, the pigeons will become more comfortable around the traps and more willing to venture inside.

Set The Pigeon Traps

Once the birds are familiar with the environment, you can set the traps. After you begin catching the pigeons, check the traps regularly. Some professionals recommend visiting the sites at least three times a week. Remove the birds from the traps during those visits and add more bait if needed. Some trapping programs use the practice of leaving one or two live birds in the cage to act as decoys, attracting more birds. If the pigeons start to avoid the traps, go back to leaving them unset for a few days, and repeat the process.

What To Do With Pigeons After Trapping

Learning how to trap pigeons is the first step — removing them is the next. This process isn’t as simple as releasing them at a different location. Pigeons are very adept and smart about locating their roosting sites, sometimes flying great distances to find their homes. So, to have a successful pigeon removal, the typical approach to getting rid of these birds is to have them humanely destroyed (contact a pest professional about the best approach). If you prefer not to remove the birds in this manner, you can try modifying your buildings with bird deterrents to prevent nesting.

For more pest trapping tips, visit our Pest Control Center.