Pigeon Control at a Power Plant
Pigeons represent a perennial pest problem at many power utility sites. In addition to slip and fall hazards, bird droppings contaminate sensitive equipment which results in more frequent and costly maintenance cycles. Many facilities have experimented with conventional abatement techniques but none have any lasting effect.
OvoControl, birth control for birds, has helped hundreds of different plants drive down pigeon numbers. The technology lends itself ideally to large areas where exclusion systems may be cost prohibitive or impractical. Power utilities have all the attributes for a successful OvoControl program – wide open spaces, lots of geography, heat production and protection from predators — a highly attractive site for pigeons.
Pigeons reside in territorial flocks, a social unit, and pairs mate for life. That is one of the many reasons why a contraceptive program in this species is so effective. OvoControl prevents reproduction and the population of pigeons naturally and predictably declines through attrition. Since the technology focuses on reproduction, OvoControl has far greater long-term efficacy than conventional abatement methods – trap, shoot or poison.
A large power plant will generally require multiple automatic feeders to treat the large number of birds that nest throughout the structures. Since the plants are often isolated, OvoControl programs are highly effective at targeting the local population of pigeons.
With proper use of the OvoControl program, power utility plants can ultimately expect the pigeon population to be reduced by 90 to 95%. As long as the program is continued, the population will continue to decrease at a rate of 50%, annually.