Gone Outdoors

Homemade Pigeon Traps

by Graham Beckett

Pigeons are nuisances in suburban areas. If you find yourself with limited financial resources or are simply interested in being handy, you can create your own pigeon trap with some household appliances. Rather than shooting or poisoning the pigeon, this is a humane method for removing the pigeon from your property.

Simple Box Trap Step 1

You will need either a shed or a garage because stray pigeons that have lost the flock often seek shelter in the evening. This trap requires some patience because you will be waiting for the pigeon to enter your garage or shed. Trap requires a cardboard box, a weight, a stick and string. The box should be about the size of a banker's box (12 inches wide, 10 inches high, and 18 inches long).

Simple Box Trap Step 2

The top of the box should be completely open. Create an access panel for removing the bird, by cutting an access flap on the "bottom" of the box. Place the weight at one end of the box, along the width of the box, on the same side as the access flap. Use a 2 by 4 piece of wood as weight. Tape down the wood plank.

Simple Box Trap Step 3

With a stick about 12 to 14 inches long, attach a string to one end of the stick. Prop up the box with the stick, placing the string end on the ground. Place some bird feed under the opening. Be patient and wait for the pigeon to become comfortable feeding near you. Once it's under the box, pull the string to cover the bird. Contact pest control to remove the bird.

Bob Trap Step 1

Find a cardboard box with a lid, a wire hanger, tape, a note card, a thin piece of wood, and a stapler. Bend the wire hanger into an elongated U; this is the "bob." It should be a 1 1/2 inch-wide-by-9-inch long U. Wrap the note card around the center of the U, taping the ends of the note card. The wire hanger needs to swing and rotate within the note card tube. Staple the note card tube and wire hanger to a piece of wood that is 1/4 inch thick and 3/4 inch wide.

Bob Trap Step 2

Cut an opening in the top of the box for light. Cut a 4 inch wide and 8 inch high hole at one end of the box. Leave about 1/2 inch of the bottom of the box. The wire hanger must overlap the bottom of this hole. Tape the bob to the inside of the box behind the top of the hole.

Bob Trap Step 3

Place some grain outside the box, leading to the hole with the bob hanging down. Place some grain inside the box at the opposite end of the hole. The idea of this trap is that the pigeon will push the bob upward as it walks through the hole, and the bob will drop down behind the pigeon. Contact pest control to remove the bird.

About the Author

Graham Beckett is an attorney in Los Angeles who has practiced in California since 2006, providing thoughtful analysis and writing on various legal issues. Additionally, he is an avid surfer, runner, and comedy writer, writing and performing in various sketch shows throughout Los Angeles.