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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about our program. If you have any additional questions, please contact one of our Resource Specialists at info@NevadaPigeonControl.com.

Why do we need pigeon control?

There are many amazing and wonderful facts about pigeons.  However, pigeons begin to pose a threat to properties and public health when the particulate matter from droppings become detectable under normal conditions. A moderate-sized flock of only 80 pigeons can generate well over 1 ton of hazardous waste per year.

According to Dr. Anette Rink of the USDA, pigeon droppings pose the most significant health risks to “the very old, the very young and those with compromised immune systems.”  NRS 555.100 requires that properties with issues affecting public health and safety be addressed immediately and effectively.

Why do we have pigeon problems?

Contrary to popular belief, intentional feeding by people is not the cause of pigeon problems. In fact, intentional feeding makes up less than 10% of the problem. As long as cities and communities have water, natural landscaping, trees, dirt, grass and brush, pigeons will have more than enough food supply to thrive and populate.

Other factors that contribute to pigeon infestation include:

  1. The presence of trash, waste and litter
  2. Passive feeding (grass seeding, water features, natural landscapes)
  3. Architectural design (places for pigeons to nest or roost)

The infinite number of environmental variables make an environmental approach to pigeon problems an impossible and unrealistic approach. That is why our program focuses on dealing directly with the animal and not the variables in the environment.

Is this program humane?

Yes. Pigeon control operations can be conducted safely and humanely. When euthanization is necessary, it is done humanely by standards established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (www.AVMA.org).

Are pigeons being poisoned?

No.  Nevada Pigeon Control was founded on the belief that the key to pigeon control lied with behavioral solutions coupled with total capture.

How long do we need this program?

To ensure that pigeon populations are maintained at healthy levels, (and never again reach unhealthy levels), this program will be in place indefinitely.  With regular behavioral maintenance, the need for aggressive, and potentially lethal, control measures is drastically reduced, if not completely eliminated.

Is it okay to feed the pigeons?

No.  Studies show that the lifespan of an urban pigeon is only to 3 to 5 years in the “wild”.  With proper feed and care, pigeons can live as long as 15 years in captivity. We attribute this decline in natural life spans to the fact that pigeons are feeding on human foods, especially breads, sugars and fats. Pigeons are natural grain eaters. Feeding them human foods is not only bad for their systems but also contributes to the need for more aggressive control measures once pigeon populations reach unhealthy levels.

 

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