Recently, the City of Henderson City Council passed a measure formally declaring pigeons a public nuisance (http://www.lvrj.com/news/henderson-declares-pigeons-unwelcome-130251278.html).Numerous undersides of bridges, e.g. US 93/95, older buildings, signage, and especially rooftops within the older parts of the City of Las Vegas, are infested with pigeons, and yet the overly-permissive language and inaction remains.
After contacting the City of Las Vegas Animal Control at 229-6444, it appears that the major difference is that the City of Las Vegas is far more passive in pigeon control, not citing those who constantly feed the ‘feral’ pigeons while the City of Henderson will do so. According to the recent article, the pigeons carry some 60 diseases. The source did suggest however, that if the pigeons would constantly defecate on
another person’s property, that property owner could call and complain whereby an Animal Control officer would respond. The decision to cite would then be at their discretion.
One indicator of how little importance this health problem is taken can be gleaned by the light language and ineffective myths, e.g. artificial owl, cat, that are proposed on the website.
From the City of Las Vegas website, Animal Control (obtained 10/24/11) (http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/information/4189.htm)
Animal Control recognizes that urban pigeons can be a source of annoyance to many people and local businesses. Urban pigeons are considered unprotected feral birds. The urban environment provides an ideal accommodation for pigeons, mainly because of a plentiful food supply,made to order sheltering facilities and a lack of natural enemies. Please consider the following when dealing with nuisance pigeons:
- Eliminate the food sources by covering trash receptacles, pick up refuse or discarded food products. Don’t feed your pets or leave food dishes outside.
- Pigeon proof your structure by enclosing the openings to vents, attics, eaves, garages and around air conditioning units with screen material. Flat surfaces at roof edges may be fitted with a beveled piece of wood to make perching difficult.
- Purchase an artificial predator such as an owl, hawk, snake or cat, and post in area where pigeons congregate.
- Population reduction: Most pigeon infestations occur on private property and it is the owner’s responsibility to attend to the problem. Sometimes the infestation is so great that eradication is the only viable solution. Many private pest control agencies are knowledgeable and licensed to handle pigeon infestation. Follow up preventative maintenance is absolutely necessary in order to eliminate the possibility of reinfestation. Shooting pigeons or using explosive devices to scare pigeons is unlawful within the city limits of Las Vegas.