PIGEONS

David E. Williams Fig.1. Pigeons (Columbia livia)
State Director
USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services
Lincoln, NE 68501

Robert M. Corrigan
Staff Specialist
Vertebrate Pest Management
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Fig. 1. Pigeons, Columba livia

Damage Prevention and Control Methods

Exclusion

Screen eaves, vents, windows, doors, and other openings with 1/4-inch (0.6-cm) mesh hardware cloth.

Change angle of roosting ledge to 45o or more.

Attach porcupine wires (Cat ClawTM, NixaliteTM), ECOPICTM, or Bird BarrierTM to roosting sites.

 Install electrical shocking device (Avi-AwayTM, FlyawayTM, Vertebrate Repellent System [VRSTM]) on roost sites.

Habitat Modification

Eliminate food supply. Discourage people from feeding pigeons in public areas. Clean up spilled grain around elevators, feed mills, and railcar clean-out areas. Eliminate standing water.

Frightening

Visual and auditory frightening devices are usually not effective over long periods of time.

Avitrol® (a chemical frightening agent)

Repellents

Tactile: various nontoxic, sticky substances (4 -The BirdsTM, HotfootTM, TanglefootTM, Roost No MoreTM, and Bird-ProofTM).

Odor: naphthalene flakes.

Toxicants

Oral: DRC-1339, used under supervision of USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services only. Avitrol®, depends on bait concentration.

Contact: Rid-A-BirdTM perches containing fenthion (use with great care; can be hazardous to nontarget species). (Editors Note: This product is no longer available).

Fumigants

Generally not practical.

Trapping

Several live trap designs are effective.

Shooting

Where legal.

Other Control Methods

Alpha-chloralose (immobilizing agent used under the supervision of certified personnel only).

Nest removal.

Editors

Scott E. Hygnstrom; Robert M. Timm; Gary E. Larson

Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage Logo 1994

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF WILDLIFE DAMAGE — 1994

Cooperative Extension Division Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska -Lincoln

United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Damage Control

Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee

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