Trapping is highly recommended by Arizona Fish and Game when used in cooperation with complete nesting treatment. We agree with this philosophy when the flock size exceeds 15-20 birds and when the upper perches are also treated. Without trapping, we realize long-term results of well over 90% with products that will discourage new flocks as well. Trapping is a temporary solution at best when used alone. Trapping rarely gets the entire flock.
Improper trapping produces trap- and bait-smart pigeons that will taunt you for years. If a contractor tells you they will charge to trap by the month a red flag should go up. By the way, eliminating the flock by shooting or self-poisoning is illegal. Professionals claim “Euthanizing” is done with a chemical called Avitrol. This is a very destructive and illegal way to kill birds as the product produces severe mental distress, seizures and overkill. It is against the law to use a ‘pesticide’ in a manner that is inconsistent with its labeling. Avitrol is a pesticide that is intended to be diluted to produce hallucinagenic effects. When illegally used at full strength, pigeons experience internal bleeding, neurolgical distress, and suicidal behavior.
Trapping should be done in about 3 weeks and before any work is started. Birds should think there is a large bird feeder on your roof. Doors should be left open for 2 weeks to pre-bait with food and a couple gallons of water. Traps are emptied at least every other day. Traps must be big enough to handle the whole flock at once and also provide sufficient shade.
If your birds were trapped before please tell us so we can customize a more efficient trapping regimen. We permanently relocate birds according to AZ Game and Fish guidelines. You can expect over 90% of the flock to be trapped. There will always be a possibility every bird is not trapped or might sneak out when being removed.