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The Low Tech Solution

Two days ago, a cleaning crew came and cleared out the pigeon nest entirely and cleaned up the area. The parent pigeons are gone – I think they found a more congenial dwelling elsewhere. The adolescent pigeons still like to spend the night in our entry.

My husband thinks we need a board with longer nails. The maintenance crew suggested taking out the center light in the entry, the one they perch on, sleep on, and from which they poop-bomb our entry. It is a brilliant idea – the low tech solution. They said they have tried it in other houses in the compound and it works.

We don’t want to be mean to the pigeons, but we sure hate pigeon poop in our entry! I have a shower curtain rod that I bang against the center light, and I bought a squirt bottle (there doesn’t seem to be a water pistol in town; where is Toys R Us when you need them??) and squirted the persistent adolescent who wants to nest here, but . . . he LIKED it! Curses, foiled again! I am guessing taking out the central entry light will do the trick; that seems to be their favorite perch.

July 14, 2009 - Posted by | Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Qatar


  1. I can’t think of anything more satisfying than squirting a pigeon. That’s exactly how I’d expect a pigeon to react though: CONTRARILY.

    Comment by Charlotte Lincoln | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. The low tech solution worked, Charlotte. 🙂 Except for one last pigeon, they are all gone. The one still hanging around is the one who doesn’t seem to think he can fly, but he’s not a serious problem.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 16, 2009 | Reply

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