One way to keep pigeons off your roof

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Safe Haven Realty CalBRE# 01433049

large bag of unsalted peanutsI bought my home new in 1991.  I soon realized that pigeons seem to like new construction.  There are 11 homes on my lane and I would count 10 to 15 pigeons on each roof.  What I am going to say next isn't an understatement, pigeons are a mess!

It wouldn't be unusual for me to climb up on my roof a couple of times a week with a hose and broom.  The droppings those rats with wings birds left behind were an eyesore.  Whenever the pigeons would try to build a nest, I would sweep it off the roof.

My neighbors and I talked about how we could get the pigeons to leave.  The neighbor to my right decided to hang a fake owl from an eave.  The pigeons liked to sit on the owl's head.  Then my neighbor had a professional come out and tack netting to his roof.  The professional caused my neighbor's roof to leak.

The neighbor to my left was a rogue police officer with a pellet rifle.  One early morning I came out of my house to retrieve the newspaper.  I looked up to find my neighbor in his baby blue terry cloth bathrobe, with his pellet rifle balanced on the head of my pink pig mailbox, aimed at my roof.  I hit the deck.

Eighteen years go by, and I still had a pigeon problem.  Then one day I spotted a neighbor throwing peanuts out to the street.  He told me he was feeding the crows and scrub jays because he thought that they, being very territorial, would drive the pigeons away.  So I started throwing peanuts out as well.

I'm happy to report that after feeding our other birds, our pigeon problem is over.  Costco sells big bags of peanuts for $5 and I buy one every month.  If you are having pigeon problems and you have territorial birds in the neighborhood as well, this might work for you.  An added bonus is the entertainment of watching the crows and jays waiting for our garage door to open every morning.  Just make sure you buy the unsalted peanuts, I can't imagine what these birds would be like with high blood pressure!



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Cynthia Larsen (707-332-2560) is an independent broker and owner of Safe Haven Realty in Sonoma County, California. Visit to view available homes for sale and to learn more about this beautiful wine country destination.

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Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

WOW, that is great where I am we do not have pigeons, but know if i ever move to the city i can take care of it....

Great read, i guess you do not hit the deck anymore......

May 06, 2010 12:07 PM #1
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Interesting story and a great solution. I never would have thought of using peanuts to get rid of pigeons!

May 06, 2010 12:18 PM #2
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Learn something everyday.  We don't have a pigeon problem but we do have a great population of Osprey's which make a mess when the finish their dinner of half eaten fish.  You never know where the remains are going to land. Yuck!

May 06, 2010 12:56 PM #3
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

Cindy - we had Osprey for 1 year, the pigeons didn't like them being around so I actually had a 1 year reprieve before discovering the peanuts.  And I couldn't tell you why pigeons don't eat the peanuts, they didn't even go near them.  We have a lot of red tail hawks and they are no problem at all.  Beautiful, actually.

John - I am thrilled that I am rid of this nuisance for only $60 a year.  And it is so fun to watch the crows and jays annoy each other.  The jays are MUCH smarter.

Ken - that's the funny part, I don't live in a city.  The closest city is San Francisco (45 miles).  I couldn't figure out why they were here in the first place, but they sure didn't want to leave.

May 06, 2010 01:52 PM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

no pidgeons here....just cows.....this is cow country....

May 06, 2010 02:09 PM #5
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I have never heard of this remedy but I am happy to hear that it works. Thanks for sharing.

May 06, 2010 03:45 PM #6
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

Barbara - this is cow country too ... milk is our #2 product, wine grapes *hic* being the first ... go figure!

Richard - if I can spare someone even 1 month of pigeon grief this post was worth it!

May 06, 2010 04:02 PM #7
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I'm glad I subscribe to your blog.  I had stopped buying peanuts at our regular bird store because of the cost.  Now I'm headed to Costco.  Thanks!

Mike in Tucson

May 06, 2010 04:14 PM #8
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

Unsalted, Mike, unsalted :)

May 06, 2010 04:16 PM #9
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

Who'd a thunk you could correct the problem for mere peanuts!  Thanks for sharing the tip.

May 07, 2010 03:50 AM #10
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Cynthia, the most effective way to keep the pigeons off your roof is to throw birdfood onto your neighbours' roofs when they are sleeping at night.

May 07, 2010 04:06 AM #11
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Cynthia...What a great remedy.  Easy to do and very inexpensive.

cosmic cow

May 07, 2010 04:28 AM #12
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

Carra - and fun too

Malcolm - LOL, you just reminded me that our baby back ribs ended up on my neighbors roof, I'll have to blog about that some day.

Tom - When I left to go on vacation, my neighbor took over for me.  He was afraid the pigeons would come back while I was gone.  Everybody is well trained and well stocked!

May 07, 2010 05:08 AM #13
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

I wish peanunts would make my termites go away!

May 07, 2010 06:00 PM #14
Michael J. Gallo
Florida Luxury Realty - New Port Richey, FL
Florida Luxury Realty - Gulf Home Sales Team

Excellent Solution.  Safe, cheap and easy.  My kind of home repair. :)

May 08, 2010 01:01 AM #15
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

Mike - Just in time too, I am getting too old to be climbing up on the roof

Jim - can't help you there, buddy.  Have you tried corn flakes?

May 08, 2010 02:53 AM #16
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Ah, the circle of life . . . survival of the fittest.

May 08, 2010 06:00 AM #17
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Cynthia:  Wow... what a great idea.  Rats with wings, huh ?  LOL.  I know some people like that, too.  Without the wings.  Now, with all the fun of watching the crows and scrub jays fighting off the pidgeons... you might be able to cancel your cable, as well.

May 17, 2010 08:36 AM #18
Brad Andersohn
Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Thanks Cynthia - we have a Pigeon issure which just started recently, I'm off to Costco this afternoon instead of ordering that Owl from I'll let you know how it works out. Nice page rank on Google by the way!  :-)

Jul 02, 2012 06:49 AM #19
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

Brad - LOL, this was one of my first blog posts, I had forgotten about it! The price of peanuts has gone up, they are $7.00 now but still well worth it.

Jul 02, 2012 07:18 AM #20
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