People get desperate. They want to know how to get rid of pigeons and they are willing to try anything. Probably the most overused bird repellent product is a gel that gives birds a œhot foot. The practice of giving a hot foot evolved from the old Southern hoodoo, or African-American folk-magic that involved applying a formula to floors in order to get unwanted people to leave your home or to send enemies packing and to keep peace in the home by eliminating troublemakers.
The mixture often contained parts of lye, bluestone, saltpeter, gunpowder, ammonia and maybe some cow dung, ants, hen's eggs or snake sheds for good measure. Whatever the final concoction, when it got on the soles of one's feet it was sure to get them hopping.
Most bird repellent products do not actually give the bird a œhot foot. The product is applied on landing ledges, creating sticky and uncomfortable bird perches. The birds supposedly abandon these favorite spots by telling their other bird friends that it is unsafe to land here.
***image1***These products may, in fact, work for some time. But, know this going in. The air around us carries soot, leaves, small litter particles and carbon exhaust from vehicles. The sticky substance is a magnet for all of this pollution and it quickly turns black and loses its original stickiness, leaving you with a blacken, gooey mess that is nearly impossible to remove from the surface on which it was applied.
Secondly, if it is pigeons you are attempting to discourage you need to be sure the pigeon has not already chosen the spot as its nesting area. They will simply dump new nesting materials on top of the bird repellent gel you have applied. In fact, the sticky gel actually helps the pigeon in its nest building efforts.
The bird repellent gels are one of the least expensive bird repellent methods, but you need to consider all the factors before diving into the project.