Over the years many of our customers have come to us wanting a quick and inexpensive method of keeping nuisance birds off their properties. At times they themselves will request that repellent be applied to their roof. For us here at Pigeons Be Gone, the use of repellent is a big no no. We have found that most customers who suggest the use of these types of products, are not very well informed about the product and many times have been introduced to the idea by our competitors.
The concept of repellents is a simple one. You apply the thick, sticky substance to the roof or window ledge where nuisance birds land and congregate. When the birds return after the repellent application, they step in the sticky substance, dislike it, and are deterred from landing in this area in the future. Seems like an effective measure right? In the short term, yes. But ultimately what you will end up with is a much larger problem.
Because repellents are sticky by nature, they will attract dust, dirt, feathers and anything else blowing in the wind. When this happens, the repellent quickly loses its sticky property and becomes ineffective. We have found that in the dusty and windy climate of Southern Nevada, a repellent will last 6 months at best. At Pigeons Be Gone, this is unacceptable. Our goal is to solve your problem permanently, not temporarily.
However, repellent with little tack will be the least of your worries. Once applied, repellent is virtually impossible to remove from the roofing material. What results is the destruction of your roof. The repellent becomes a stain on your roof and can only be corrected by replacing the roofing material. For us at Pigeons Be Gone, many times we will not even be able to work on a roof that has had repellent applied to it as the repellent ends up all over our tools, ruining them.
In summary, although repellent is a quick and initially inexpensive method of bird control, we strongly suggest that you consider other alternatives. Sometimes the least expensive methods are not always your best bet in the long term.