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If you've got a barrel tile roof, then there's a good chance that large gaps lead into soffit areas, such as at this area below a dormer soffit. A couple of pigeons were living inside. This repeating pigeon trap catches each one as it comes out. Pigeons don't mind pushing and shoving to find their way into various areas, and in this case, to push its way outside, and into this trap.
Pigeons were living in this wide-open hole in a large apartment eave. I screened the area off, and installed this tube net to allow the pigeons to fly out, but not fly back in. After they were all out, I sealed off the area permanently.
Here is a photo of pigeons that I trapped in a repeating pigeon trap on a commercial roof. This type of trap can hold dozens of pigeons. Each one walks in through the one-way door, and is unable to find its way out. Pigeons congregate in numbers, so when they see other pigeons in a trap eating the feed, they readily enter.
Here we have a starling caught in my custom starling trap.
These are actually young chimney swifts. I removed them from a chimney, where they were making an incredible racket. I brought them to a wonderful and world-renown bird rehabilitation specialist, who lives right here in central Florida. She has to feed them all night because of their high metabolism, but she cherishes these special birds. And the homeowner cherishes a quiet chimney!
Most bird traps are cage traps, You can trap a bird in a cage trap by baiting it with seeds or corn. The type of bait is not nearly as important as several other factors, such as type of trap and setup and location. Any person can buy a trap and set it (you'd be amazed at how many traps I see novices set completely incorrectly), but as with any skilled profession, it takes knowledge to do it right. For some animals, such as birds, location can be extremely important. Presentation is a key factor, access to cover, sunlight, and many other factors all play an important role.
Of course, there are many subtleties to trapping that one only gains through years of experience, and I'm usually surprised to see homeowner attempts at bird trapping fail due to little mistakes that I don't even think about. I'm only talking live trapping here, because lethal trapping isn't legal in my state, and I prefer live trapping regardless. Practically no novice would ever be able to purchase or operate a lethal trap properly, and I wouldn't recommend it.
A lot of people can manage to catch a bird in their cage trap, but simply trapping an animal is by no means a total solution to the problem. The presence of the animal is a symptom of some other problem, namely the attraction of the area to the animal. Bird control is not really accomplished through trapping, but through bird prevention and exclusion.
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