"Birth Control" for Birds
Innolytics, located in San Clemente, CA is a privately held company developing contraceptive technology for wildlife. Innolytics’ products OvoControl P (brand of nicarbazin) for contraceptive control of pigeons is available directly through Innolytics or your Pest Management Professional.
Innolytics' patented technology was developed in collaboration with USDA/APHIS. The non-lethal and humane technology interferes with the hatchability of eggs by feeding treated bait during the reproductive season -- effectively "birth control" for birds.
The effects of OvoControl are fully reversible and the company has designed a controlled baiting system that virtually eliminates any impact on non-target birds. An automatic feeder triggered in the early morning hours ensures that birds consume OvoControl quickly and efficiently, reducing any opportunity for non-target exposure.
The technology complements other techniques of bird management such as habitat modification, physical barriers and hazing methods.
Detailed studies have confirmed that the active ingredient in OvoControl is environmentally benign. Furthermore, the hatchability of eggs from a bird of prey, such as a falcon, is not at risk by consuming treated pigeons.
The new technology is ideal for larger areas where some pigeons can be tolerated but a reduction in population is needed. Manufacturing facilities, power plants, hospitals, transportation hubs, dense urban areas, hotels, schools and airports are typical application sites for OvoControl.