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Do Pigeons mate?

In order to develop effective control programs for pigeons as well as other critters, we must first understand the basic biology and behavior of the pest.

In order to develop effective control programs for pigeons as well as other critters, we must first understand the basic biology and behavior of the pest.


Like many other birds, but not all, pigeons are "monogamous," and pair up with a mate just once. They will typically stay with their mate unless one of the two succumbs to disease or predation, either natural or unnatural. Depending on the environment, turnover in the flock can be rapid. That said, pigeons breed rapidly, up to six times a year with two eggs per clutch in order to maintain their flock.


If a pigeon is still in its reproductive prime when its original mate dies, it will seek a replacement. Since the average urban pigeon only lives for 2-3 years, the cycle can be rapid.


OvoControl (nicarbazin) takes advantage of the rapid reproductive characteristics by rendering eggs infertile. With a contraceptive program in place, the population can quickly decline through natural attrition at a typical rate of 50%, annually.


OvoControl is a ready-to-use bait, dispensed on flat rooftops with an automatic wildlife feeder. This effective and humane technology is especially useful for managing birds in larger areas without having to resort to poisons or labor-intensive trapping programs.


For more information on OvoControl, please visit the company website at www.evicom.com.au

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