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Finding a pigeon inside your home is not a pleasant experience, as they will often be scared and nervous, and catching them can be a challenging task. The best option is to try and get them to fly out through a window or door, but when this isn’t possible, you may have to catch it in a box or plastic bowl, and then cover this so that you can move the pigeon. If you are doing this, it is certainly worth wearing protective gloves and long sleeved clothing in case the bird tries to peck or claw you.
Taking The Pigeon Outdoors
If you have the pigeon under a box or plastic bowl, then the first thing is make sure the bird can't fly away, so slide a thin piece of wood or metal to cover the opening, and holding this firmly in place, carry the container with the pigeon out of your house. You can expect to have the pigeon try to push the container open, so make sure you are holding it firmly.
Releasing The Pigeon
Take the pigeon outside of your property, and make sure that all of your windows and doors are closed to prevent the pigeon from flying straight back in again. When you are removing the box or plastic bowl in which you have the pigeon caught, raise it quickly from the ground, and back off quickly to give the bird space to fly away.
Examining Your Home For Entry Holes
Once you are back inside your home, you will need to examine the area where you found the pigeon to see if there are any obvious entry holes. If it is clear that it came in through an open window or door, then it shouldn't be a concern, but if there aren't any obvious entry points, take a look at any vents or check outside for any holes around the roof line.
Repairing And Cleaning
Pigeons will not only leave lots of droppings around if they find their way in, but they will also look for food and can contaminate food, so make sure that when you are cleaning you dispose of any food sources that the pigeon may have touched. It is also worth disinfecting any surfaces used for food preparation. If you do find any holes where the pigeon may have caught in, make sure these are repaired promptly, otherwise you may find more unwelcome visitors in your home.
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