Pest birds like pigeons can be a nuisance in our surroundings as well as a threat to our health and the structure of buildings. Their droppings are toxic for the constructed structures and can become a source of various diseases. Mankind has been trying for years to find effective pigeon control methods to control these birds.
Some methods of pigeon control have turned out to be very effective while others failed badly. Today I’m sharing about two pigeon control programs that have been proven to be the most effective out of all methods used.
Those methods include:
- Ovocontrol Pigeon Control Program
- Pigeon Trapping Program
Ovocontrol Pigeon Birth Control Program
Ovocontrol is a worldwide recognized pigeon abatement program. It is a humane method and one of the most effective ways of getting rid of these nuisance-causing birds. You’ve of birth control programs in humans, and a birth control program for pigeons might sound weird. But it works.
This particular pigeon control program works similarly to the way contraceptives work for humans. The product uses pigeon bait treated with birth control medicine. This bait is fed to the pigeons, which results in the production of unfertilized eggs. As a result, the laid eggs do not hatch. Hence, the number of pigeons starts reducing.
According to the estimates made, the pigeon population reduced by half in the first year. And when administered properly and regularly, this program is reported to reduce the pigeon population to 95% after a few seasons.
Another positive thing about this pigeon control program, besides being humane and effective, is that it is very easy and simple to administer. Here is a guide to teach you the steps that you need to follow for the proper administration of this program.
Easy Step to Step Guide for The Administration of Ovocontrol Program
Following are the basic steps that you need to follow for the OvoControl program.
- The first step is to compile an estimate of the number of pigeons in your surrounding area. Use a spreadsheet to calculate the birds and keep a record.
- Once you have an estimate of the number of pigeons, you’ll need to figure out the amount of bait required to feed that population. It is generally recommended to use 1lb of bait for 80 birds each day.
- Next, figure out the number of automatic feeders you think you’ll need for feeding the birds. Usually, one feeder is enough to accommodate 150 pigeons. It is advisable to use these feeders on a flat and elevated surface for the best results.
- Once you are done with the estimation part, it’s time to move on to some practical steps. You’ll first need to condition or train the pigeons to accept the feed. Choose a time to invite the birds for food. Once they build the habit of coming back to the feeder at the same time, you’ll move on to the next step.
- Transition from the corn feed to the OvoControl bait.
- Be sure to keep a record of the number of birds that come back. You are going to notice a remarkable reduction soon.
Pigeon Trapping Program
The other effective program for pigeon control is pigeon trapping. While this is a time consuming method, it will help you get rid of the pest birds in the long run. In fact, pigeon trapping program is a required part to improve the efficiency of any other pigeon control program.
A pigeon trapping prgram works by removing a portion of the pigeon population in order to facilitate the control programs. This procedure may require a bit of technical learning before you set up the trap.
There are a wide variety in the types of traps used to trap pigeons. But most of them are designed with a one-way door that allows pigeons to enter the trap with no way back out. Pigeon traps or cages are available in different sizes. They can be as big as 4 to 6 feet high, with a capacity of around 100 pigeons or as small as 8 inches high and 2 to 3 feet long with a capacity to accommodate 15 to 30 pigeons. The basic rule of thumb is one trap for 50 pigeons.
Placement of Pigeon Trap
To get started, you will need to select a place for the placement of a trap. Look for an area where pigeons most frequently roost or nest. Feeding areas are the best spots for placing the traps. And the best time is during seasons when there is a scarcity of food, for example, winter or autumn. Sites where water is available, work well too, especially during the summer.
Start training the pigeons by feeding them in unset traps. Once they get used to feeding in there, you can set the trap. As pigeons keep coming back to their roosting sites, the trapped birds should be humanely relocated. Be sure to release any non-targetted birds.