Paradigm Shift in Food Safety Will Increase Focus on Birds

Given the increased reporting of tainted food (peanut butter), contaminations (Chinese melamine) and recalls (California spinach), new food safety regulations are only a matter of time.   A new food safety agency will likely be consolidated under the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  This new agency will have vastly expanded inspection and enforcement powers, also to recall tainted food.  Watch for these new rules to change the world of pest control and especially bird control.   

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OvoControl Now Available “Without a Prescription”

HSUS Praises EPA for the Reclassification of OvoControl P to “General-Use”

WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States praised the recent decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the “restricted-use” classification for OvoControl P, a promising birth control agent for use in pigeons.

“We are extremely pleased with the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to ease restrictions on OvoControl P,” said John Hadidian, director of Urban Wildlife Programs for The HSUS. “General-use approval will make OvoControl P more readily available to communities and businesses that want to control pigeon populations humanely and effectively.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Integrated Pest Management for Pigeons (“IPM”)

The ubiquitous pigeon infests, to a greater or lesser extent, nearly all industrial and urban areas across the United States and the world.  In the US, pigeons are non-native and considered an invasive pest species. 

Just like rodents, pigeons are considered a public health pest and are not just an aesthetic issue.  Pigeons cause economic damage estimated in excess of $1 billion, annually in the US alone (USDA Environmental Assessment 2000).  Pigeons are also considered vectors for zoonotic diseases and ectoparasites. 

While the devices are periodically updated, conventional pigeon control is fundamentally represented by just two basic strategies, a) exclusion, and, b) removal.  A third strategy focused on controlling the underlying reproduction of the birds is represented by contraception. 

Exclusion

Removal

Population Control

Nets, spikes, electrifed strips, wires and coils
Trap and euthanize
Contraception
Effigies and other frightening devices
Shoot
Nest destruction
Repellants (sound, tactile, chemical)
Poison (Avitrol, DRC-1339)
Egg removal

Although all of these tools have their place, pigeons are very adaptable and require an integrated program of pest management (“IPM”). Read the rest of this entry »

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