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.

Commercial Pigeon Control Solutions

What is being done when it comes to Commercial Pigeon Control?

For hundreds of years, pigeons have been adored....at least by some people. From the messenger in fairy tails to the iconic Sesame Street pigeons Bert and Ernie we were so fond of. Before television they represented a valuable source of food and still are in rural parts of Alaska and around the world.  But as the saying goes, "first world problems". In today's culture pigeons can represent a great nuisance. Commercial pigeon control is a source of frustration for many facilities managers. Places like College Campuses, Hotels, Manufacturing Facilities, Power Plants, are often subject to health hazards and other issues related to bird damages.

What are my options for commercial pigeon control?

Pest control companies are typically the first line of defense when it comes to eliminating pigeon problems. We spoke with Ben Miller of AAI pest control in Modesto, CA and he shared some of the challenges he faces with pigeon control. Depending on the type of building they tend to default to spikes or Avitrol. This works great for outdoor billboards, which Ben's company manages about 25 in his service area. But despite these methods, they struggle with large commercial facilities because of the size and scope. Yes, spikes are a deterrent but that does not control the bird population. They are finding that traditional bird control deterrents are not always the long-term solution clients are looking for. Property owners want the birds to go away and stay away.

Birth Control for Birds

When OvoControl started in 2010 we knew the product was needed but had no way of gauging how it would fit into the pest control community. Customers want the pigeons "gone today" whereas OvoControl is a longer term solution, works through attrition and requires some explanation. When it comes to long-term pigeon control, it is essential that pest control companies work to reduce the rapid growth of the pigeon population in a humane and ethical way.For more information on commercial pigeon control or OvoControl P, please contact us.

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!

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.

Barcelona Puts Its Pigeons on the "Pill"

Nov 28, 2016 06:19 AM EST

The growing population of pigeons in many parts of the world is becoming a very nasty problem.

One of the tourist attractions in Barcelona and other parts of Europe is feeding pigeons in plazas and patios of historical landmarks. However, the birds have increasingly become a problem for the past decade as they tend to trash the city, turning it into a giant dump.

The birds have been reported to poo on not only historical landmarks and buildings but also on tourists. Local authorities have been continuously receiving complaints regarding this matter. The government believes that putting the birds on contraceptive pills may gradually solve their problems regarding waste.

According to a report from Express UK, early this year, there had been a proposal regarding the euthanization of the birds to significantly reduce their population by a huge percentage. However, the proposal received protests from various animal rights groups from all over the world. This leaves the government with a dilemma on how to reduce the bird's population.

Now, a new means of control has been put in place to replace the original plan of killing the birds. The birds will be fed contraceptive food to put contraceptive pills into the birds' system. It is expected that by mid of 2017, special feeding dispensers will be installed all over the city which contain contraceptive food.

The Barcelona government has considered expert advice to successfully perform the operation without harming the birds. Results will be analyzed after the first year to see how the new "feeding system" will affect the general health of the pigeons. It is also going to be checked whether or not such an operation will be fatal to pigeons. The operation is expected to cut down the pigeons' population by as much as 80 percent in the next five years. 

Singapore Reports Pigeon Numbers Drop After "Birth Control" Trial

The Straits Times recently published an article on feeding pigeons nicarbazin, the active ingredient in OvoControl, in Singapore.  Click here to view the original article.

SINGAPORE - Call it birth control for birds.

A corn-based feed containing a drug called nicarbazin, which stops female birds from producing eggs or causes them to lay eggs that do not hatch, has helped to reduce the pigeon population outside Masjid Haji Muhammad Salleh mosque by 60 to 70 per cent.

The population of 400 birds there has dropped to between 120 to 160.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) revealed the results of the year-long trial of the drug outside the Palmer Road mosque after it had concluded last month (Oct).

Mr Mohamed Idris, secretary of the management board of Masjid Haji Muhammad Salleh, said: "There has definitely been a visible and positive improvement. A stark difference and the best thing is it was achieved without culling".

He said while the birds still find their way into the mosque sometimes, this has become much less frequent. Fewer people are getting soiled by the birds that lurk in the area too.

"In the past, the dropping might hit you as soon as you stepped out," he added.

He said that the mosque management is open to extending the trial and has discussed this with the AVA.

The drug does not harm the birds and is not toxic to animals or humans if taken in small amounts. It would take 40kg of the feed to see toxic effects in dogs and cats, and 60kg for a child.

Commenting on the trial's results, AVA said the drop is unlikely due to the effect of the drug alone, and that other factors may have contributed.

For example, the AVA found 15 dead pigeons at the trial site in April this year (16), which post-mortem examinations found were due to dehydration.

The agency added that it has been keeping watch on the area to prevent people from feeding the birds. Since October last year, it has issued around 60 warning letters and fines to individuals caught feeding the pigeons there.

Feeding pigeons is illegal and those found to have flouted the rules face a fine of up to $500.

As the effectiveness of the nicarbazin feed remains inconclusive, AVA started another year-long trial using the same feed at Waterloo Street outside the Sri Krishnan Temple, in September. There are about 150 pigeons there.

The Waterloo Street trial will also study if the level of human traffic, which is closely linked to the amount of food left for the birds, impacts the effectiveness of the feed. The birds will be fed once a day by a temple staff.

As of last month, the AVA had received feedback 13 times regarding pigeons in the Waterloo Street trial area since the start of the year. This compares to 20 times last year.

Overall, the AVA received 3,500 pigeon-related feedback from January to October this year. Last year it received about 4,000, an increase from about 2,500 in 2014.

It has also received some 6,400 feedback about all kinds of birds, including pigeons, over the same period this year. About 7,300 messages were received last year, and about 5,700 in 2014."

"Birth Control" for Pest Control

There are now four different contraceptive products registered by EPA for pest or wildlife control,

  1. OvoControl (nicarbazin) for pigeons,

  2. Zona-Stat (porcine zona pellucida or PZP), immunocontraceptives for horses (and many other large, wild animals including elephants, elk and bison),

  3. Gona-Con (gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)) by USDA Wildlife Services for white-tailed deer, and,

  4. ContraPest (4-Vinylcyclohexene diepoxide and Triptolide) by Senestech for rats.

Each of the contraceptives builds on unique technological platforms with a similar biological outcome - interference with the reproductive system to slow or stop population growth.

"Pigeon Control" Often Requires More Than Just a Plastic Owl!

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At a pigeon impacted facility, plastic owls normally fail to keep the birds away and after a while, pigeons will use the owl as a convenient perch.  Pigeon abatement using OvoControl, birth control for birds, can manage down that problem population of birds.Trying to "scare" pigeons normally only works with real raptors - not replicas.  Take action today to control the real source of the problem - the rapid reproduction of these birds.For more information on OvoControl or Innolytics, please visit the company website at ovocontrol.com or give us a call at 888.908.0853.