Loring Way Condominium, Minneapolis, MN
Ideally located in downtown Minneapolis, Loring Way is situated adjacent to a City Park and in the vicinity of larger hotels, office buildings, parking garages and the convention center. A seven story structure, the facility includes 182 separately owned units each with its own private balcony.
Pigeon Control Problem
Beginning with a resident flock of approximately 80 birds, the condominium is not necessarily a large hub of pigeon activity. Birds commonly constructed nests on the outdoor balcony areas and on rooftop air conditioning equipment.
Property management at the Loring Condominium had already experimented with various effigies (plastic owls) and other repelling techniques without success. While these “quick fixes” can help to exclude the birds temporarily, unfortunately they are not permanent solutions. Fed up with the pigeons, the condominium implemented an OvoControl program with the use of an automatic feeder to get rid of the pigeons. Despite the condominium’s position in a dense urban area, the feeder did not attract additional birds or flocks.
In the twelve months since the program was implemented, bird numbers have been reduced by approximately half, from 80 to 40 pigeons through attrition. The OvoControl program will continue to solve the pigeon control problem by reducing the resident flock at the rate of 50%, annually.