AviGo, a gel-like substance containing a small amount of chilli pepper extract, is applied onto surfaces where birds are known to land, allowing the active ingredient to transfer onto their feet. When they fly away, the birds tuck their feet up next to their genitals, where the chilli extract then does its work. The birds experience a mild irritation which, after a few visits to the same spot, conditions them to avoid the area altogether, dispersing the flock from the building or monument which has been treated.
Large numbers of birds in urban areas can cause problems due to their fouling, which is both unsightly and a health hazard; harbouring diseases such as Ornithosis and Cryptococcosis. AviGo solves these issues naturally and humanely, and is almost invisible to the naked eye, making it an attractive alternative to other treatments such as netting or spikes. The product is made from 100% natural ingredients and only needs a maintenance inspection twice a year to replace any gel that may have worn off.
The product has been developed in the US, and has been through rigorous testing to ensure its effectiveness in treating UK bird populations. During these tests, AviGo successfully removed 100% of the bird population within seven days of being applied, making it an effective bird control strategy.
Rentokil Technical Director, Savvas Othon said, “AviGo is the hottest innovation for controlling pest populations of birds. It is humane, completely natural and next to invisible, making it ideal for public buildings, monuments and other tourist attractions which need to remain unspoilt. It is also easy for our technicians to apply, and is effective for up to a whole year.
“Species such as feral pigeons are intelligent and resourceful creatures, meaning they are well-equipped to live and breed in seemingly inhospitable urban environments. This treatment uses that intelligence, teaching the birds where not to land and nest without causing them harm.”
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