How to Keep Pigeons off Roofs

How to Keep Pigeons off Roofs

Posted on September 11, 2016 by Alex Kecskes in Pigeon Control

What Attracts Pigeons to Roofs?

Pigeons have been attracted to roofs since man first began building these structures. You can’t blame the birds; most roofs provide easy access to shelter and a high perch to spot predators, food and water. Roofs often have structures like AC units, water tanks, solar panels, chimneys, and aerial arrays where pigeons can build nests. In addition, many pigeons respond to the their ancestors’ cliff dwelling habits when they seek shelter on roofs.

Regrettably, property owners have had to deal with the costly and damaging nature of these “rats with wings.”

Pigeon droppings are not only unsightly but destructive, eating into wood, plastic, vinyl and stone surfaces. Roofs (and the structures and systems on them, like solar panels and AC units) can be very expensive to repair. What more, routinely removing pigeon droppings can be difficult and expensive.

How to Keep Pigeons Off Roofs 

The solution is professional grade pigeon deterrents to help keep pigeons off roofs on your property. Using pellet guns, water hoses or loud noises may work short term but in most cases those birds will return once the threat is gone. This is why property owners choose professional-grade pigeon deterrents to keep pigeons off roofs.

Top 4 Pigeon Repellents for Roofs

 The following 4 pigeon repellents are designed for rooftop applications. Perfect for both the residential and commercial sectors, these pigeon repellents will surely keep pigeons off roofs and more. Here’s what the bird control pros at Bird B Gone recommend:

1) Solar Panel Bird Deterrent. Bird B Gone’s Solar Panel Bird Deterrent creates a physical barrier that blocks out pigeons from nesting under solar panels. The deterrent includes an 8"x100 foot roll of 0.058" PVC black-coated 1/2" mesh. Specially designed solar clips (sold separately) secure the mesh to the panels. The mesh covers a standard 3kW system (2 rows of 6 panels each or 12 panels total installed in a portrait orientation). The solar clips do not pierce the solar panels and will not scratch them. Properly installed (with the help of a new, informative video), the mesh keeps birds away and prevents pigeons from chewing on the electrical wiring under the panels. 

2) Stainless Steel Bird Spikes. Ideal for keeping pigeons off roofs, parapet walls, solar panels and AC units, Bird B Gone stainless steel pigeon deterrent spikes continue to be used by building owners worldwide. The spikes come in 1-, 3-, 5- and 8-inch splay widths to provide increasingly wider areas of protection—up to 10 inches wide. These rugged spiked strips feature a patented “bend-and-crush” design, which means the spikes are firmly embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base. This flexible base bends a full 360 degrees, so it can easily “follow” a variety of curved mounting surfaces.

3) Plastic (Poly) Bird Spikes. These rugged pigeon deterrent spikes are GSA approved and made of unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate plastic to last for years outdoors. Offering economy and flexibility, the spiked strips come in two-foot sections and three different widths—3-, 5- and 7-inch—to match the surface being treated. The spikes are available in seven standard colors—brick red, white, crystal clear, light grey, brown, black and tan—to make them virtually invisible and more aesthetically pleasing. They are also non-conductive and will not interfere with electrical or communication and transmission equipment. Each is manufactured in the USA and comes with a 5-year guarantee.

4) Bird Jolt Flat Track. Bird B Gone’s proven electrified track imparts a harmless electric shock to keep pigeons off roofs. It works by modifying a pigeon’s behavior, for once shocked, birds are reluctant to return. The track features a flexible UV-protected PVC base that bends a full 360° without compromising its integrity. It is waterproof and features tight connections to ensure both safety and installation ease. Installed, the low-profile track is almost invisible, since it measures just 1/4" at its highest point. Available in six colors—clear, grey, stone, black, terracotta and red—the track comes in 100 ft. rolls, and can be glued down to virtually any surface. The entire system is powered by either an AC charger or solar charger. Bird Jolt Flat Track is the only electric track bird deterrent system with patented anti-arcing design to guard against track short outs. It’s also the only system with patented glue troughs along the base to insulate the track’s conductors.

Backed by Expert Assistance

If you’re unsure about which pigeon deterrents would work best to keep pigeons off your roof, Bird B Gone has over 80 years of combined experience in the field of bird control. We can help you with product selection, installation and cleanup. 

Not sure if you have pigeons or other birds? Browse through other highly effective Bird Deterrents for Roofs designed not only for pigeons but wide variety of bird species. 

Just call us at 1-800-392-6915 for a catalog, pricing, or product samples or email us at We also work with a network of authorized installers, call today for a trained bird control professional in your area.