birth control for birds

The Safety of OvoControl


We often get questions about the active ingredient in OvoControl, nicarbazin.

Although the chemical has a long history, its use as a contraceptive for pest birds is relatively new. Originally developed by Merck in 1955, nicarbazin has been used as an FDA registered anticoccidial for chickens for more than 60 years.

Coccidiosis is a very common and debilitating enteric disease which occurs during the first three weeks of a chicken’s life. Adding nicarbazin to the feed prevents the disease. A large portion of the chicken consumed both inside and outside the US is treated with the drug.

Interference with egg hatchability occured when nicarbazin was inadvertently administered to breeder chickens. The eggs from these chickens are supposed to hatch! Innolytics developed this unwanted “side-effect” in chickens into birth control for pigeons and other pest birds.

As both a food animal drug and pesticide, nicarbazin has been vetted by both FDA, EPA and a variety of other international regulatory agencies including EFSA in the EU and MAFF in Japan. The compound has been studied extensively and the environmental data package reflects the state of the art.

Nicarbazin is non-toxic and it is difficult to find much in the world of drugs or pesticides that is less toxic or more environmentally benign.

Innolytics continues to work on additional applications for this unique compound.

Automatic Feeder Assembly

Ovocontrol now has a how-to video for our automatic feeders! For OvoControl's contraceptive program to be effective, you should use an automatic feeder. This machine triggers once a day so the birds receive the necessary amount of bait. The new and improved automatic feeders are also easy to assemble and operate.

Here's a video on how to assemble an OvoControl Automatic Pigeon Feeder.

Pigeon Control Experts and Long Term Pigeon Control

Pigeon Control Experts Weigh in on Effective Long-Term Solution

Feral pigeon populations can cause a variety of problems. With their rapid breeding habits, even a small flock of 100 pigeons can do quite a bit of damage to a commercial property. That relatively small population can leave behind over two tons of fecal matter annually.

Apart from this unsightly mess, feral pigeons can also lead to other problems like slips and falls. For facility managers and business owners, increased maintenance, and health risks to customers are an issue. And speaking of health risks, pigeons have been associated with the transmission of 60+ different diseases, including agents of the West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and salmonellosis.

The problem with pigeon relocation

One of the solutions local governments and facility managers often propose is relocation of pigeons.

In relocation, pigeons are lured into traps with one-way doors. The are enticed by food and the presence of decoy birds. Once the target pigeons have been trapped, the birds are then released miles away from their original location.But according to pigeon control experts, this is an exercise in futility, considering that these birds have a remarkable homing instinct. Even when pigeons are brought miles away from their place of origin, they can easily find their way back to their original location. This has led some people to kill the birds after trapping. Another problem with this solution is that it has an all-or-nothing nature. In order to be truly effective, the whole population needs to be captured. Otherwise, the remaining pigeons can simply breed to fill in the gap left by the captured pigeons. In a span of two years, five mating pairs can easily produce 400 more pigeons.

What about bird spikes?

Bird deterrent spikes are another popular control measure that are often used against feral pigeons. These may be fabricated out of plastic or metal.

One of the problems associated with bird spikes is the spacing. Sometimes, smaller birds like starlings, or even pigeons themselves, can pass through these spikes and roost undeterred.

Apart from that, feathers, droppings, and nesting materials can accumulate on the spikes.

Finally, when bird spikes are not installed properly, these can be dangerous or simply be ineffective. If the pigeons avoid the areas where these spikes are installed, they will simply move to an adjacent area, never really solving the long-term problem.

A better approach to pigeon control

The truth is that there is no single best solution against feral pigeons. Several factors need to be considered, including the breeding habits of these birds, site characteristics, and your objectives. OvoControl, "birth control" for birds, has become a leading alternative for pest control companies, facility managers and those looking to create a pigeon control solution that eliminates the problem long-term.

How OvoControl works

OvoControl's patented technology was developed in collaboration with USDA/APHIS. The humane technology interferes with the hatchability of eggs. The product is fed to birds during the reproductive season. Visit our website to learn more about how our products support traditional pigeon control.

OvoControl P in Canada | Now Available

Pigeon control problems in Canada have a new solution

Based on a growing drumbeat of interest from pigeon impacted facilities, Innolytics, the makers of Ovocontrol have received a registration for OvoControl in Canada. Applicators in Canada are now able to order and use the contraceptive for pigeons, casually known as, "birth control for birds".  

Although there is not much census data around the volume of pigeons plaguing cities in Canada, we know that despite their best effort at pigeon control, commercial facilities managers are constantly fighting to remove pigeon presence and the mess they leave behind. This can be a particularly frustrating task for facilities like Hotels, Condo's and other high rise buildings that need to keep clean facilities for their tenants. “We continue to receive a steady stream of inquiries from our neighbors to the North,” indicated Erick Wolf, CEO of Innolytics, manufacturer of OvoControl P. “Consistent with the US market, impacted facilities want access to the “birth control” program for pigeons. We can now supply the market in Canada with a product registered by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), Health Canada (Pest Control Product Reg. No. 32670).”    

Gardex Chemicals, Ltd. in Etobicoke, Ontario has been named the master distributor and will represent OvoControl P in Canada.  

Gardex Chemicals OvoControl Distributor

Gardex Chemicals OvoControl Distributor

Gardex Chemicals provides top quality service and products for the Professional Pest Management Industry. Gardex’s President, Karen Furgiuele commented, “We look forward to establishing the distribution network for OvoControl P in Canada. OvoControl P represents an innovative new product for the market where pigeon control strategies have typically been limited to physical exclusion or tactics aimed at increasing mortality that only provide short-term relief.  OvoControl P provides the opportunity to abate the population of birds, safely and effectively over time.”      

OvoControl P is a ready-to-use bait, dispensed on flat rooftops with a mechanical feeder. The OvoControl Quickstart Guide is a great place to start if you are considering ordering it or simply want to learn more about the operational side of our product. This effective and humane technology is especially useful for managing pigeon flocks in larger facilities without having to resort to poisons or labor intensive trapping programs.  For those who wonder if birth control for birds is an effective method to solving your pigeon problem, we encourage you to take a look at case studies like, La Crosse Pigeons Put On The Pill! learn about what others are saying about Ovocontrol.To learn more about Ovocontrol P and our partnership with Gardex Chemicals Ltd. Contact us today!

Birth Control For Birds: Will It Solve Your Pigeon Problem?

Is the avian population a problem in your area?

If it is, it’s a good bet pigeons are the culprit. In many places around the world, feral pigeons are considered pests. This  is why commercial property owners are hard-pressed to find a solution to their pigeon problem. Traditionally, people have resorted to exclusion techniques, trapping, or poisoning. These days, the answer has to be a humane and cost-effective option. In this regard, birth control is certainly an avenue that many communities and businesses find viable.

Birth control for birds — will it solve your pigeon problem?

People have been known to remove eggs and replace these with fake ones to prevent the mothers from laying more. This is a birth control option and not the most practical means for downsizing a huge pigeon population.

Another method of birth control used on pigeons to prevent their flock size from getting any bigger is egg oiling. This involves hunting down pigeon eggs and immersing them in paraffin or vegetable oil. The oil clogs up the pores and suffocates the fetus within. Understandably, there are people who disapprove of the practice and represents a very labor intensive option.

Humane pigeon control

Meanwhile, oral birth control is beginning to make its way around the globe as a practical and feasible method for solving the pigeon problem. It was developed to provide a humane option for controlling the population growth. It is mostly used on avian species, including feral pigeons and Canada geese.

When used on pigeons in their reproductive season, it effectively decreases the hatchability of their eggs. Like human contraceptives, it is fully reversible. Care has been taken, to prevent non-target species from being exposed to it. For instance, it comes in a kibble form that is very attractive to pigeons.

Of course, oral contraceptives will simply prevent the addition of new members to the population and it will take some time before their profound effect is felt. Studies done on this, however, show a 50 percent population decline, annually. In some cases, it is recommended that birth control be implemented in conjunction with exclusion techniques, such as the use of nets, spikes, and electrified strips.

So, if birth control for birds is a safe and long-term solution, then it is ideal for use in areas where a few birds can be tolerated. Some of the large-scale sites and facilities where it should be used are schools, power plants, refineries, airports, and urban areas. For more information contact us and we will be happy to review your options.