It DOES work, but all the pigeons do not ingest the bait. And then new
pigeons are arriving sans green cards every day. So, it does reduce the
number of pigeons, but doesn't do much about their nasty living habits.
"[GINZA, Japan] At last count, the city has exterminated 105,392 crows, with
an estimated 21,200 still at large. Most were caught in traps baited with
mayonnaise or lard."
Most birds do not eat rice, hungry or not, so ignore the junk you see below
about that. Don't use poison (or anti-freeze) because of the risk to the
environment and other wildlife. If your problem pigeons are in a flock of about
20 birds, get them to feed in an area of easy access. Then, throw a net over
them. Best way to do that is to 'eject' the net or leverage the throw because
the birds will fly off if you get too close or throw the net too slowly. There
is a device that flings a net over a small area but I have not seen one around
my area. By netting you will definitely get a few. Next, club them with a stick
or 2x4. Collect the bodies in garbage bag and throw in a dumpster. Or, if the
target area is less than 50 yards from the nearest home then shoot them with a
BB gun. My experience is that if the birds don't hear the 'pop' of the gun, 3 or
4 will lay dead or even flop a little before the rest get a clue and fly off.
The problem with raptors is that the trainers/falconers are not plentiful or
don't live in your area and are expensive and require multiple visits, and the
raptors don't kill all the pigeons, far from it. Having a owl figurine or two on
your fence post doesn't work. Pigeons get wise to it after a fashion. Crows
ignore it. But, many people use these. It seem pigeons can be both stupid and
dumb - some methods to get rid of them work well and others not so well or not
at all. Try different methods, use your imagination. I once saw a man reach down
and grab a pigeon feeding at his feet. He then stood up with a windup throw and
slammed the pigeon to the ground instantly killing it. The other pigeons stayed
away for days or weeks.
If pigeons, open season, but 'doves' might be protected.
If a few nuisance, on around your house, destroy the perching places. Use
"hot feet" and paint the areas they stand on/perch on. Burns their feet,
they leave. If can't do that, and the birds are on/around your house, THIS
IS ILLEGAL, get a six foot long STRAIGHT piece of metal conduit and smooth
the inside of each end. Take 8 up to 16 penny nails and wrap a paper cone
around the head, tape with scotch tape. then cut the cones to just fit
inside conduit tube. I found it easier to make the cones, then push the
nail into them. Depending on your ability, you'll quickly learn to use the
blow gun. Killing power is awesome. Will penetrate a metal garbage can.
If you miss a shot, no big deal, retrieve the nail stuck in your house,
better than a bullet hole. And makes much less noise early in the morning.
On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:31:00 AM UTC-4, Robert Macy wrote:
ling power is awesome. Will penetrate a metal garbage can. If you miss a sh
ot, no big deal, retrieve the nail stuck in your house, better than a bulle
t hole. And makes much less noise early in the morning.
I have done this. The power is amazing. I used drywall screws and electrica
l twist caps. 2 rounds of tape to seal it.
On a related note... the seals inside the wheel cylinders on Chrylser 9" drum brakes are a
perfect fit inside 1" PVC electrical conduit. With a 10d nail pushed through the center of a seal,
even a three-foot length of conduit makes an awesome blow gun -- and you'd be surprised
how quickly you can become quite proficient at hitting a target with it.
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