(STL.News) There are many cities, businesses and other areas that may find a bird infestation a nuisance. However, certain establishments cannot afford to simply ignore a growing bird problem due to their obligation to provide a safe environment for their employees, an uncontaminated product for their customers or to adhere, for example, to OSHA regulations.
Conventional methods including spikes and nets can be used to keep the birds off or out of certain areas. In some states, trapping or poisoning the birds is often considered. These methods each have their pros and cons, however, depending on the extent of the problem, and the size of the population, only one method can, in fact, reduce bird reproduction – birth control.
Large facilities such as oil refineries, power plants, steel mills, chemical plants and other manufacturing facilities need to approach a bird infestation from a more serious perspective. Too costly to net, a large site can get relief if they approach the problem with patience and common sense. For example, if they are inadvertently providing a food source for the flock by having open trash cans, they can simply stop leaving trash cans open.
The most common pest bird is a pigeon. Pigeons reproduce at a rate of, on average, two eggs per clutch and up to six times a year. When a contraceptive program is implemented using automatic feeders that dispense treated bait to the flock once a day, the eggs of the birds will be unfertilized and the population will begin to decline at a rate of roughly 50% per year. As the flock declines in numbers, other methods, such as culling can be employed to speed the process along. However, due to the costs of a typical culling program, this may not be economical.
Each type of facility faces both unique and common challenges influencing their decision to establish a pigeon abatement program. For example, oil refineries, power plants and steel mills must follow strict OSHA regulations and immediately address any hazards that can result in slip and fall accidents, contamination of railings, and do not want their employees to track bird feces into a facility.
Oil Refineries and Chemical Plants
Pigeons represent a perennial problem for oil refineries and chemical plants. Open structures and heat generating equipment are often the attraction. The pipes, beams & poles inside these facilities provide a perfect haven for pigeons to nest. The birds’ droppings and other debris add additional safety hazards to an already hazardous area.
A contraceptive program provides a safe, easy-to-use, and effective solution for oil refineries and chemical plants to control a pigeon population. Methods such as trapping and poisoning the birds may alleviate the problem temporarily, although, due to their rapid breeding and site fidelity, pigeons always return and repopulate an attractive site.
Refineries and chemical plants are often challenging sites for environmental stewardship. Thankfully, OvoControl® P represents an environmentally benign pigeon control strategy which does not pose secondary risks to raptors or scavengers.
Power Plants, Manufacturing Facilities and Steel Mills
Pigeons represent a persistent pest problem at power utilities, steel mills and manufacturing facilities. These plants often have much in common.
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.
A contraceptive program based on OvoControl® P, 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 abatement 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. Since the technology focuses on reproduction, contraception has far greater long-term efficacy than conventional culling methods – trap, shoot or poison.
There are many sites that are impacted by pigeon and other pest bird infestations. For those large facilities such as oil refineries, power plants, steel mills, chemical plants, and manufacturing facilities, a pigeon problem represents more than just a nuisance. A birth control program works to reduce the population of pigeons. Whether implemented alone or combined with other bird abatement tools the pigeon problems can be successfully managed down to an acceptable level in a safe, but effective way.