Do pigeon traps work for pigeon removal?
Pigeon trapping has been a staple of the bird control industry in the Phoenix AZ area for many years. Why? Well, that's a loaded question. While trapping is a viable part of many pigeon control programs, it must be done correctly. Otherwise it will not only be ineffective but may actually short circuit the entire program and thus the results. It's important that you know how to trap pigeons before taking it on.
What are the benefits of a pigeon trapping program?
The longer the pigeons have been on a given structure, the harder it is to totally get rid of them. They are very stubborn to start with and get more and more so the longer they are there. Even the very best pigeon proofing efforts may only move the birds from where they are currently nesting to somewhere else on the building. They will even move their nests right out into the open areas of a roof if that's what it takes to stay there. This is where a trapping program, along with the exclusion work, makes the most sense. The bird netting, spike strips, screening, etc. will keep pigeons out of the areas that attracted them to the structure in the first place (such as under solar panels or roof-mounted air conditioning units) and will therefore prevent a new problem from developing in the future. Then the trapping will help remove the current, most stubborn birds that won't give it up. If it's done right, that is. Note: trapping alone does nothing to prevent new pigeons from setting up shop in the sames places later.
What are the problems with a trapping program?
Trapping, regardless of the critter, needs to be done correctly. That is especially true of pigeons as they are at least a little trap cautious by their very nature. Pre-baiting is critical for a successful program and you can't be in a hurry. Sometimes it takes a week or two and sometimes a month or more to get bait and trap acceptance. Then the actual removal process must also be done correctly, too. Usually there will be a minimum of two removals because you probably won't catch them all the first time. So you don't want them to suffer or die in the trap or you may have a hard time catching the rest tomorrow. And - here's the big one - they need to be released at least 50 miles away. That's where a lazy 'expert' may fall short. The cost of the relocation needs to be figured into the original quote and done right. If the birds are not taken far enough away they will be back and they will be 'trap shy', which means you'll never catch them in a trap again.