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Conventional farmers now use herbicides to kill weeds, fungicides to kill fungi, rodenticides to kill field mice and gophers, avicides to kill fruit-eating birds and molluscicides to kill snails.
They do, however, still use trap roosts to concentrate the birds so that workers with backpack sprayers can get to them with avicides (bird-killing chemicals).
Frequently pigeons who ingest avicides will die in a yard somewhere and sicken or kill a dog or cat who may eat it.
Never use avicides to control pigeons as there are always unintended consequences.