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Pigeon Poison

Peter M; Arlington, VA asks: What poison best works for killing pigeons? Someone told me that gopher poison works well.

Dear Peter: Yikes! Gopher poison? You don't have gophers on your roof. You have birds. The product used must be labeled for the target pest. Imagine if you were to use gopher poison and it did, in fact, kill the pigeons. The birds fall from the sky on streets and the backyards of your neighbors. A pet finds the dead bird and is poisoned by eating the dead pigeon. Somehow, the authorities track the dead bird back to you and you are sued for a million dollars. Get the picture? Don't do it!

Okay! That said, there is a pigeon poison sold as Avitrol, but you need to be a licensed pest control operator or bird control professional to purchase this restricted product. 

Avitrol is not listed as a pigeon poison, but rather as a pigeon dispersal product. The active ingredient in Avitrol baits, 4-aminopyridine, is an acute oral toxicant which acts on the central nervous system and the motor nervous system. It is used to disperse large flocks of pigeons, not one or two. It requires three weeks of distributing non-poisoned corn to attract the pigeons to feed on the poisoned bait corn. Depending upon how the product is mixed, you usually kill about ten percent of the flock and the rest of the flock flies away, not to return. Avitrol is seldom used to treat birds in residential areas.

If you are only trying to get rid of a few pigeons you may want to consider excluding them using netting to close off the area where they are roosting and/or nesting. That's a whole other email.

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21 Mar 2010, 22:11
very easy just go where they rest at night with a big plastic black bag and move the bag very fast and they will never come back
19 May 2010, 13:06
Our neighbor feeds wild birds and has driven several renters out of the neighborhood. Sometimes when we come home, there are so many birds on our roof and tress, that we feel like we are in a Hitchcock movie and my daughter is afraid to get out of the car! Two days ago, while we were grilling hotdogs and relaxing on the porch with our 2 chihuahuas and cat, the birds began attacking the cat out of the blue! The cat is normally kept indoors and only comes out with us. My daughter had to swing a mopp at them to get them to stop! Yesterday, they kept swopping down at us. We need to get rid og them and fast! What can we do?
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19 May 2010, 14:27
There are sound devices for sale that put out a bird distress call that frightens birds away. Go to Cc=190AD to see this product. It's called Bird Gard Pro 1.
01 Jun 2010, 20:28
I have lots of pigeons around my house. I just replaced the roof two years ago and they are still here. I bought a sound device that worked for a few days and they are back. I have rotting wood and destroyed areas from the birds. How can I finally get rid of them?
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02 Jun 2010, 09:32
If the birds have established nests on your house, nothing will work other than excluding them with netting. If the birds are not nesting, there are products such as Shock Track that will help move them. Either way, you are going to need the help of a professional installer.
25 Jun 2010, 11:40
I live in Montreal and this past sring was just awful. People feed these pests at a nearby park. My balcony is covered with this and they often get my car, it costs me 20$ to get it washed at a carwash everytime. What is the best way to eliminate them. What poison is available and does the job. If this doesnt work I will just move elsewhere.
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25 Jun 2010, 14:54
There is no poison available to non-licensed individuals. Call the city and complain.
07 Jul 2010, 22:56
i have some pigeons that are on my back porch in the rafters i need them gone. how do i do that? i was told to give them rice. will that work and other ideas?
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08 Jul 2010, 07:38
Feeding them rice will bring more pigeons. Rice has zero effect on birds. They do not blow up from eating rice.

I suggest bird traps to remove the pigeons. Of course, once trapped, you must euthanize them or they will return.
17 Jul 2010, 21:50
rat poison will do the trick, mix rat poison with water,pulverize the poison with small amount of water, use gloves, them deep bird feed on the mix,corn is best, put mix to dry and put it on a neutral color low edge bowl, put as much as possible, hide ur pets like dogs and cats, them just pick the dead ones, voila. cruel, no, not really
cathy reilly
30 Aug 2010, 16:20
i have lots lots of pigions in my garden on the roof and sitting on my window sill one of the neibours have a bird gage out to feed the small birds and the pigions flock round to eat the food that falls from the gage beside getting rid of the gage wat can i get to keep these horrible pigions away
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30 Aug 2010, 16:23
There are several deterrent products such as bird spikes and Bird Shock. They are used by pros to keep pigeons off specific areas.
19 Oct 2010, 14:14
Ok, I've had it with these roof rats. No one else on my block has them except for me. I'm getting some rat poison and mixing up a nice meal for these pests. End of subject. My house belongs to ME, not to dirty, filthy useless pigeons.
17 Dec 2010, 23:00
Well said, feduphomeowner! Basted pigeons!
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20 Dec 2010, 13:17
feduphomeowner: Don't do it. If someone's pet gets hold of a poisoned bird you are going to have some serious legal problems.
27 Dec 2010, 20:34
I'm TRYING to get ride of the pigeons that are on my rough. I'm on the only one on the block. I bought a owl which doesn't work for about a week. I've tried the spikes and bird gel but they stand right next to it. What's next?
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27 Dec 2010, 22:22
If your pigeons are nesting on the roof or nearby, you will have much difficult getting them to leave unless you install a product like Shock Track. This is a job for a professional installer.
08 Aug 2011, 17:30
Help! My neighbors feed pigeons. The city ticketed them & told them to stop but won't do anything more unless I can take a picture of them feeding but there's a fence so I can't see what they are doing. I know they are still feeding. The 70 pigeons sit on utility lines over my pool and it's disgusting. I'm not going to trap them there are too many. What is wrong with people I'm losing my mind.Thanks.
23 Aug 2011, 18:41
Best deterrent I've found is a 1200 FPS 0.177 cal air rifle with a 3x scope, sighted in at 20 yards.

Works for me. I shot about a pigeon a day for three months last year while addling any eggs I found in the nests.

Now, I've only taken about a pigeon a week, this summer.
26 Sep 2011, 03:36
If I consult a professional to poison the pigeons what is the name of the poison the professional will use?
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26 Sep 2011, 15:53
I guess you didn't read the article. The bird poison is no more.
rogelio p limbaro
18 Jul 2014, 13:14
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