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OvoControl® P (nicarbazin 0.5%) Now Available in Mexico

FOR RELEASE, February 21, 2019O

Rancho Mirage, CA — February 21, 2019

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Already registered in 49 of 50 states and Canada, OvoControl P, “birth control” for pigeons, is now available in Mexico. "Just as in the US market, many commercial sites and communities in Mexico are plagued with pigeons," outlined Erick Wolf, CEO of Innolytics, maker of OvoControl.

"More than anything, as the popularity of OvoControl has grown, requests for the product have also increased in Mexico."

ECONTROL (www.econtrol.com.mx) in Mexico City has been named the distributor of OvoControl P for the Mexican market. The Managing Director of EControl, Benjamin Gómez, commented, "We plan to focus on stored grain facilities, tourism and the export economy. The critical importance of food safety in Mexico cannot be overstated and pigeons can represent serious risks. Our pest control customers and their clients are keenly interested in innovative options to control the pigeon population safely and humanely. OvoControl meets these criteria and fits well with ECONTROL’s portfolio.”  

Gómez added: "OvoControl works like an IGR, but for birds instead of insects. We believe that birth control for pigeons is a valuable addition to the portfolio of bird control tools that can be used in Mexico."

OvoControl is a ready-to-use bait, which is dispensed on flat rooftops with an automatic feeder. This effective and humane technology is particularly useful for managing flocks of pigeons in larger areas without having to use extreme solutions and their associated risks.  

For more information about OvoControl or Innolytics, please visit the company's website at ovocontrol.com or econtrol.com.mx.

The Safety of OvoControl

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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.

Controlling Overabundant Pigeons with OvoControl

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.

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.

Cases of food borne illnesses linked to birds

Unfortunately, this kind of experience seems to be more common all the time.That first sweaty feeling you get?? At first, you might chalk it up to being tired, or thirsty, but 15 minutes later, you know there’s no way around it. You’ve got food poisoning…

Cases of food borne illnesses have increased significantly

Cases of food borne illnesses have increased by 114% over a 4-year period between 2013 and today. The information comes from a study released, just this month, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study found that a bacteria called Campylobacter has continued to be the #1 cause of food borne illness. Salmonella and Shigella, two other bird-related bacteria, remain in 2nd and 3rd place, and something needs to be done about it.In order to keep ahead of the increased standards, the bird control and pest control community need to take a hard look at the roots and stems of contamination. Consistent with rodent and insect mitigation, bird control at food processing plants and facilities is imperative for maintenance of a clean and contamination free environment. In 2008 the World Health Organization (WHO) published, PUBLIC HEALTH: Significance of Urban Pests. In the chapter on birds, pigeons are described as carriers of 60+ transmissible diseases. Notably among the bacteria, Campylobacter jejuni, the agent of campylobacterosis and common in animal and bird feces.

Large flocks of pigeons pose a variety of health threats. From visible excrement to fecal dust, from nests to debris, the visual and practical effect both the reputation of the product and plant operations. That’s not to mention the health and moral of employees at the plant itself!

Thanks to FoodNet, which has been tracking incidents of food borne illness and trends since 1996, and Ovocontrol, industry and its key regulators, have the capacity to be proactive and intentional about the treatment and care of poultry and facilities in this growing industry. Together, we can decrease risks and casualties of food borne illness for our clients and employee populations.

Contact us to learn more.

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!

Another Satisfied Customer

A customer from Hawaii, recently reported their experience with OvoControl P.....

"Hi Innolytics, I just wanted to let you know that my pigeon population at my home on Oahu has been reduced to 2 dozen from at least 80 birds last March.... while using ovocontrol since then.....at times I would have a flock of 200 on my roof, but no more! your product has made a huge difference in our lives.   The birds that live here now are healthy and no longer a nuisance for me. thank you, Gloria"

For more product testimonials, see the "Where to Use" tab.