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Pigeon problem leads to bug infestation at Albuquerque apartment | Bird•B•Gone Blog

Pigeon problem leads to bug infestation at Albuquerque apartment

Shared From: KOB Eyewitness News

Written By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A pigeon problem that manifested into a larger health concern forced a woman and her daughter to leave their apartment.

The situation is so severe the City of Albuquerques Environmental Health Department has stepped in to help alleviate the problem.

Kendra Montoya lives in the Ventana Ranch Apartments, at 10400 Universe Blvd.

She met KOB at a hotel because the City will not allow her or family back into her apartment.

Montoya said the problem began when pigeons got into the building through structural cracks near the roof.

The pigeons began nesting all while defecating and urinating in the area above Montoya ceiling. The pigeons attracted bird mites and carpet beetles.

Pigeons have bird mites on them frequently,” Mark DiMenna, Urban Biologist for the City of Albuquerque said. “It’s a parasite that they carry and their nesting material attracts other types of bugs.”

“I would seriously vacuum like 3 or 4 hours a day because I was so disgusted that I had bugs in my house and most of them were in my daughter’s room where all of her clothes and toys were,” Montoya said.

The infestation worsened to the point that the bugs began biting Montoya and her daughter and causing other serious medical concerns.

“We both got ear infections because (the mites) got into our ears. It was horrifying,” Montoya said.

Managers at the Ventana Ranch Apartments declined an interview on camera, but told KOB they have addressed the problem by placing netting around the problem area to keep the pigeons out.

“We went in and negotiated an abatement agreement with the apartment management, where they will go through and seal up any voids, clean up the pigeon materials, cleanup the droppings, get everything out of there and do full fumigation of the carpet beetles, bird mites and anything else that they find,” DiMenna said.

Under the City’s new pigeon ordinance, the apartment management is required to legally comply with the City’s requirements.

Montoya is staying at an Albuquerque hotel courtesy of the City of Albuquerque.

She plans to sue the complex for reimbursements of her accrued medical expenses.

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