Pigeons may be appreciated by a lot of birdwatchers but for the vast majority, they are nothing but a nuisance. They are even often called “sky rodents” because they’re just a hassle to have around. Pigeons poop everywhere, and if you make the mistake of having food in your hand while walking in a pigeon-infested open space, there’s a 90 percent chance of getting flocked by these birds as well as a 99 percent chance of you losing your mind trying to shoo them away.
Other annoying things about these birds are the way they attract other pests such as mice and rats, how they target trash, and how they stink (if you have respiratory issues, you’re very prone to flare-ups). Farmers say pigeons are also contributors to crop destruction. In addition to that, pilots say they’re a cause for concern during flights because pigeons crash into the windshields of aircraft and even plane engine propellers.
Suffice it to say, it’s important to control pigeon populations in order to maintain health and safety.
Oral baits are considered the most effective contraceptives for overabundant pigeons. OvoControl, in particular, reduces the population by 90 to 95 percent. Its special chemical substances disrupt the reproductive processes of birds. Nicarbazin, the active ingredient in OvoControl, interferes with egg fertilization, thus decreasing the number of offspring produced.
This product is very safe and it looks like regular feed that pigeons like. It’s so safe that even the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Audubon and Peregrine Fund all advocate for it. Texas Tech is even using OvoControl for the mass pigeon population on campus, confident that it is the more humane way of dealing with the issue.
The effect of this contraceptive wears off quickly. Once the product is withdrawn, it will just take a few days for egg production and hatchability to go back to normal. It doesn’t harm the birds in any way – it just prevents the eggs from fertilizing. It is also easy to use because it looks just like regular feed pellets and it can be applied with automatic game feeders.
Pigeons may seem like harmless creatures, but they can be bad for your health and represent a lot of safety risks especially when there are massive flocks of them present. You can take matters into your own hands and control the problem – use OvoControl to prevent the fast population growth of these flying pests.