QUESTION: What happens to the birds once they are captured?
ANSWER: Captured birds are taken to our facility, placed on a diet of whole grains, treated for disease, then euthanized, frozen, and used as a food source for more than 50 endangered birds of prey. Our program supports a large number of hawks, falcons, eagles and owls. We have found that most animal welfare organizations are quite happy with this resolution.
QUESTION: Does U.S. Pigeon Control use poisons?
ANSWER: No. U.S. Pigeon Control was founded on the belief that it was possible to provide complete control without introducing dangerous chemicals into the environment. Studies on the use of poisons (Avitrol) have also indicated that pigeon populations actually increase exponentially after a major loss in flock populations.
QUESTION: Is it okay to feed pigeons?
ANSWER: 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. Additionally, creating an unnatural dependence on humans can actually cause entire flocks to die off if they cannot find a replacement food-source in time.
QUESTION: Is U.S. Pigeon Control a government agency?
ANSWER: No. U.S. Pigeon Control is privately managed.
QUESTION: What are the health hazards associated with pigeons?
ANSWER: 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.