Dove Control

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dove1While many people associate doves with an image of a graceful, pure white bird, reality is not so close.  Commonly there are two types of dove you will find, pigeon (rock dove) and mourning doves.  Mourning doves can be identified as a long and slim with gray-brown colouration.  This species of dove is rampant throughout North America.  The primary reason is that they have a very adaptive diet, like that of the pigeon.  The secondary reason is that mourning doves can reproduce up to six times in a year.  The final reason for the resilience of the mourning dove population is their nesting habits.  These birds will nest almost anywhere they can roost.  With such large numbers, the feces of mourning doves can be a sever health hazard, especially when they roost indoors.

Dove Trapping

Nimby Pest Control can trap doves using one of several methods.  For more information on dove/pigeon trapping please take a moment to visit our Bird Control Products page. 

The dove is a common sight in urban areas ranging from small rural hamlets to large metropolitan cities. The largest problem that doves cause is the tremendous amount of feces they produce. Accumulation of the feces may pose a health hazard to the general public. The fecal composition is acidic and occasionally erodes metal and stonework.

In many cases, doves present problems in and around the home. Permanent control of dove populations is not possible because these birds have adapted to stress and the many sources of food made available to them in the urban environment. The most effective control available is the alteration of their environment.

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  1. The removal of roosting niches and the sealing of any crevices, large openings, and entrances in high areas aids in effective control.
  2. Available water sources, such as rooftop air conditioners, should be eliminated by screening.
  3. Never leave food or water sources exposed outdoors.
  4. Keep garbage containers closed. Dispose of garbage on a regular basis.
  5. On flat roofs or preferred ledge sites, bristling wires or sticky pastes can be used to deter constant infestation.
  6. Traps can be made or purchased. Although trapping is a slow and expensive process, it is an effective means of controlling the dove population in a given area. Rooftops, common roosting areas, and feeding areas are generally good places for trapping. Small traps are effective, but large walk-in types are better. It is important to bait the traps with the kind of food the birds are eating. Whole corn and grain sorghum are generally good baits.
  7. Bird scaring devices can also be purchased to frighten birds from a given area. Loud noises, flashing lights, windmills, and recordings of bird distress calls can be effective means of control. However, doves will adapt to this type of control method.