Pigeon control in Colorado

Does it ever seem like pigeon flocks are out of control?  Understanding the behavior of these birds and some of the history is helpful in understanding why they are such a nuisance sometimes.

Pigeons came to the United States and therefore Colorado as a domestic animal.  All pigeons in Colorado today are descendants of captive birds and therefore feral.

Pigeons have a strong homing instinct and will generally return to their nest to mate.  Return flights of over  1000 miles have been documented in Feral Rock Pigeons.  In addition, pigeons can average 50 miles per hour in moderate distance flights and have been recorded at 90 miles per hour in short bursts.

Pigeons can reproduce any time of year if their food source is abundant.  Pigeons lay one or two eggs at a time, most often two. and have a strong success rate raising their young.  In cases where food is present all year long, a pair of pigeons can mate and nest six times in a year.  This, combined with their homing instinct is why it is not uncommon to see flocks of hundreds of birds in settings where food is plentiful year-round.

Pigeon control has to take this and other factors in consideration.  Pigeon waste is usually as much a problem as the birds themselves.  Pigeon droppings are associated with three human diseases, histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis.  The problems don’t end there, pigeon droppings can deface buildings, in some cases causing irreparable damage to historic buildings.

Further reading on this subject can be found at http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/birddamage/birddamage.htm

IPM provides free estimates and is happy to answer questions about bird exclusion, removal, control and behavior.  Remember, these problems get worse, never better, if left untreated for any extensive period of time.

Getting rid of ants… for good

Ants are one of the toughest pests to eradicate.  We have heard of using peppermint oil, wiping surfaces with bleach, sprinkling cinnamon and other “home remedies”.  Many of these methods are designed to prevent the scout ants from being able to follow their pheromone trail back to the colony and therefore prevent the colony from foraging in the area that is in question.  This is a reasonable thing to try on a proactive basis and there is some evidence that it might be helpful.  However, once the scouts have been back and communicated their find to the rest of the colony it is frequently too late and it might be time to call a professional.  Store-bought products are quick to kill “on contact”- but the endless procession continues from the colony despite decimating the intruders with the harsh-smelling spray.  It’s easy to think, after seeing some results, that if a little is good, more must be better.  There is a better way.  IPM uses a contact bait applied outside that foraging ants inherently come in contact with and bring to the colony, ultimately eliminating the queen and therefore the source of the infestation.  It’s designed to be applied outside, keeping chemicals out of your business or home.  It is odorless, water-based (not oily) and it’s so effective when applied correctly, we guarantee it.