Posts Tagged ‘pigeon droppings’

Pigeons cause structural damage on bridge

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Bridge pigeons’ days are numbered 

Article Shared From: The Otago Daily Times / NZ

Written By: Sarah Marquet

Pigeon poo is threatening the Alexandra bridge across the Clutha River, so the birds have to go.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) senior asset manager John Jarvis said the bridge’s structural steel was being corroded and, while it was not an immediate safety risk, action was needed to reduce the 400-strong flock of resident pigeons so damaged areas could be repaired.

The corrosion mostly affected the surface, but there were also some cases of pitting. (more…)

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Pigeons a Problem for Green Brook Housing Complex

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Article Shared From: The Watchung-Greenbook Patch

Written By: Eric Haftel June 5, 2012

Jeffrey R. Pocaro, an attorney representing a Green Brook resident who lives in the Mountainview at Green Brook Complex, came to the the Green Brook Township Committee on Monday looking for help.

After pointing out a spelling error in the township’s property managment code, Pocaro then asked for an amendment to it to address an issue he said is causing a problem at the complex: pigeons.

“I…ask you to add mold and feces as items that the code can require a homeowner to clean up,” Pocaro said. He charged that a ”pigeon clan” is “taking over the buildings.” (more…)

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Witham: Call for action to keep pigeon droppings off pavement

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

A Small English Community Calls for Bird Control Measures

Article Shared From: Braintree and Witham Times

Drastic action is being called for to clean up a street covered in pigeon droppings.

Guithavon Street, in Witham, has been condemned as “filthy” by businesses, shoppers and councillors.

Although Braintree Council cleans the pavements, it insists that pigeon control is the responsibility of those who own and lease property in the road.

Read more in this week’s Witham and Braintree Times.

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Pigeons keep teachers away from classes

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Shared From: The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper 

Written By: Reshma Ragoonath

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Teachers at San Fernando Girls’ Anglican Primary School walked off the job yesterday because of a pigeon infestation. The teachers walked out of their classrooms in protest after nine staffers reportedly fell ill because of unsanitary conditions at the school, on Pouchet Street, San Fernando. Parents received messages from the school’s administrative staff to pick up their children at noon yesterday.

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Stench at So. Cal. beach blamed on bird droppings

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

From the OC register:

That south county stink? Try a bird-poop cocktail

TEXT BY BRITTANY LEVINE, PHOTO BY PAUL BERSEBACH

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The good news: The stench at a Dana Point beach is temporary.

The bad news: It may come back.

The December storms caused San Juan Creek to flood from San Juan Capistrano to Dana Point and caused ferocious 5.72 feet-per-second currents to rush through the creek. The creek water outfall at Doheny State Beach was then flushed into the ocean.

That mixture is behind the rotten egg smell near the lifeguard headquarters.

Bird poop and other organic matter that had accumulated in the creek mixed with sulfates in the ocean water, said David Pryor, an environmental scientist with the state Department of Parks and Recreation.

The combination made a stinky smell—similar to that of sulfur-rich hot springs. The smell was greatest following the storms. Then debris covered up most of the bird poop-salt water cocktail, plant materials and bacteria that had soaked into the sand. But recent beach cleanups aimed at removing debris unleashed the stench again.

“We do not consider the odor dangerous,” Pryor said in an e-mail.

Over time, the surf and tides will sort and wash away the stinky matter, he said.

Read the complete article here

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From Bird-B-Gone Inc.

Just last year, the Lompoc Record reported that it was an accumulation of pigeon droppings that had contaminated the water quality under the Pismo Beach Pier. Sure the stench may not be harmful, what about the bacteria found in bird droppings? It would take a lot of  droppings to create such a stench – if it truly is the source of the “fowl” smell, the city may want to consider the health risk associated with the droppings.  In small doses it usually doesn’t cause that big of a concern, but when found in such large quantities, health risks should be considered as bird droppings are known to carry bacteria and disease.

There are many products available to humanely deter birds from open spaces. Not sure which product is right for you? Contact our team of bird control engineers to help you choose and design the right bird deterrent system for you. Bird-B-Gone also has a network of authorized installers who can install bird control products call 1-800-392-6915 or visit http://www.birdbgone.com

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Pigeon Control Said Necissary in Recent Pompeii Collapses

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

From News Daily:

A statue is seen in front of a long section of a rustic retaining wall in the garden of the House of the Moralist, which collapsed after heavy rains in Pompeii November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

“Pompeii collapses spark worry and outrage”


By Philip Pullella

Posted 2010/12/13 at 12:25 pm EST



POMPEII, Italy, Dec. 13, 2010 (Reuters) — Pompeii mayor Claudio D’Alessio does not want to go down in history linked with Pliny the Younger, the Roman who chronicled the destruction of the ancient city nearly 2,000 ago in an eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

The collapses sparked charges of official neglect by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right government and calls for the resignation of Culture Minister Sandro Bondi, who has imposed cuts to arts spending as part of austerity measures.

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“We must invest in regular maintenance. This does not attract attention but is very necessary,” said Cevoli, adding that removing weeds from roofs and walls is not as enticing as light shows and holograms but it does stop water infiltration.

Cevoli says there have been seven collapses in a year but not all of them have received the publicity they deserved.

Judith Harris, author of the 2007 book “Pompeii Awakened,” said it would be important that sponsors let archaeologists do what they feel is necessary.

“There is no glamour in pigeon control and weed removal but they are necessary,” she said.

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From Bird-B-Gone:

Pigeon droppings have been the source of deterioration and defilement on historic sites across the world. Recent renovations on Italy’s famed Leaning Tower of Pisa included the removal of pigeon droppings which had soiled many of the towers stones.  Herculaneum, a lesser known city also buried in Mt. Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD was also recently having problems with pigeon droppings wearing away roofs and walls of the ruins. Damage done by bird droppings on a 14th century cathedral ending up costing the city of Milan and extra $7.9m or more in repairs.

Bird droppings are acidic and will eat through paint, and corrode building materials such as stone and metal. Left unattended, affected areas may need restoration or complete replacement. Whether it’s an irreplaceable historic monument, or a contemporary roof or building, it is important to address pigeons or bird problems when they are noticed. The sooner a bird problem is addressed, the easrier it will be to persuade the birds to move on.

Bird-B-Gone offers a complete line of effective and humane bird deterrents to help prevent birds from nesting or roosting on homes, buildings, warehouses, and other areas. Visit http://www.birdbgone.com to learn more about our extensive line of professional grade bird control products including bird netting, bird spikes, bird repellents, electric bird deterrents, bird slope, and more. If you want advice for your particular bird problem, please call us at 1-800-392-6915 or email nobirds@birdbgone.com

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If you Can’t Beat Em’, Join Em’

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

New iPhone game “Pigeon Squadron” allows players to take on the role of a pigeon…by pooping on people/objects:

From Knowyourmobile.com:

I-play’s Pigeon poop-‘em-up Pigeon Squadron is now available for the iPhone

Ben Griffin

Published on Sep 9, 2010

I-play has released Pigeon Squadron, its latest iPhone game.

You take on the role of a pigeon, unloading last night’s dinner onto unsuspecting people, animals and cars below. Nothing is safe from a good dousing of the white luck, as we shall call it.

Joining an elite team of paramilitary pigeons means progress is made via challenges and missions. Be it a group of pesky ducks that need to be brought down a peg or two, or a nasty man, one of the four playable pigeons will have to work their magic to move onto the next level.

Read the complete article here

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From Bird-B-Gone:

In real life, pigeon poop can be a real nuisance. Not only is it unsightly, it can carry diseases and corrode building materials such as concrete, wood and steel. Pigeon droppings can corrode paint on cars and boats, and can be quite difficult to remove if left alone.

If you have pigeons on your home or business, Bird-B-Gone offers a complete line of effective, humane bird control products for virtually any situation including pigeon spikes, pigeon netting, pigeon traps, pigeon sound deterrents and more.

Not sure which product to use, or whether or not you can install it? Bird-B-Gone can get you in contact with a bird control professional in your area, call us at 1-800-392-6915.

Visit our website today at http://www.www.birdbgone.com

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Authorities investigating what role pigeon poop played in man’s death

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

From the National post:

Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Too much pigeon poo might have caused an awning to fall and kill a man in Australia.

August 18, 2010 – 11:00 am

Could an overabundance of pigeon poop have caused an awning to crash down and kill an Australian man?

That’s what authorities are trying to figure out through a five-day inquest into what caused Craig Taylor to be crushed to death.

Mr. Taylor, 53, had been taking shelter from a storm under a pharmacy’s awning when it collapsed in December, 2007, the Daily Telegraph reports. Dozens of pigeons were apparently nesting in the structure. Live birds were even found in the wreckage.

Authorities think the weight of the pigeons’ droppings, combined with the heavy rain, could have caused the awning to fall.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported in 2008:

A structural examination of Hadley’s Chemist found the cause of collapse was a lack of maintenance, poor workmanship and a large quantity of pigeon droppings.

The droppings had built up and had become saturated by the rain leaking into the roof.

The report found that crucial structural points on the awning were poorly maintained and badly corroded, although this would have been difficult to examine before the collapse.

The coroner’s office is investigating what role store owners and the city have in keeping awnings clear of pigeons, and who exactly should be responsible for the structures’ maintenance.

This wasn’t the first awning collapse in Australia. Six-months earlier another fell in Fairlight, Australia, but no one was injured. There’s no word on whether pigeon poop played a role in that incident.

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From Bird-B-Gone:

The sooner you address a bird problem, the easier it will be to take care of .
Did you know that besides carrying over 60 transmittable diseases, bird droppings can corrode paint, metal, stone and masonry? If you notice birds congregating under a sign, awning or eave area, call Bird-B-Gone, Inc. Bird-B-Gone has a complete line of effective and humane products to help solve any bird problem. Can’t/ don’t want to take care of the problem yourself? Bird-B-Gone has a network of authorized installers who can come out and and remedy your pest bird problem. Call us at 1-800-392-6915 or email us at nobirds@birdbgone.com / visit us online at http://www.birdbgone.com
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Concert Shut Down by Pigeon Poop

Monday, July 26th, 2010

From People:

Kings of Leon Concert Shut Down by Pigeon Poop

By Stephen M. SilvermanKings of Leon Concert Shut Down by Pigeon Poop

Sunday July 25, 2010 09:50 AM EDT

LEGO; Amy Sussman/Getty

Three songs into their St. Louis concert Friday night, the Kings of Leon had to shut down the show on account of some unexpected accompaniment that CNN pins on “pooping pigeons.”

“Jared [Followill, the band's bassist] was hit several times during the first two songs,” said Andy Mendelsohn of Vector Management. “It’s not only disgusting – it’s a toxic health hazard. They really tried to hang in there.”

The dirty birds were reported to have been lurking in the rafters of the Missouri city’s Verizon Amphitheater and launching their aerial attack during the band’s opening number, “Closer.” Followill, 23, got it in the face.

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From Bird-B-Gone:

Amphitheater’s can be very inviting for pigeons and other birds as lighting and sound equipment in rafter areas provide plenty of high perches to sit or roost on… and when the birds get hungry, they have concert goers to thank. Beyond being a hazard for entertainers or anyone else below rafter areas, bird droppings can corrode building materials and ruin equipment. Cleanup of bird droppings in high profile areas can run maintenance costs into the thousands.

Something as simple as bird spikes could have helped to prevent this unfortunate scenario, leaving a disgusted band, and thousands of disappointed concert goers. It’s always best to tackle a bird problem as soon as it is noticed, that way the birds won’t become territorial and will be easier to move on.  There are bird control professionals across the nation who can help with pest bird problems in commercial, residential or industrial areas. If you have a bird problem, and need help or advice, call Bird-B-Gone, Inc. Bird-B-Gone has a network of authorized installers – bird control professionals in your area that can help do everything from clean-up to installation of products to keep birds away. Bird-B-Gone has a complete line of effective and humane bird control products to choose from. Visit http://www.birdbgone.com or call us at 1-800-392-6915, our Bird Control Engineers are here to help. We even work with an Ornithologist to help tackle the toughest “bird jobs”.

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Pigeon Droppings Cause Shutdown of Road

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Pigeons’ Preferred Perch Plagues Pavement With Poop

Brownsboro Road Closed For Cleanup Tuesday

POSTED: 4:06 pm EDT July 13, 2010


LOUISVILLE, Ky. —

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A local road was partially shut down Tuesday night as crews worked to clean up massive amounts of pigeon droppings from under an overpass.

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Brownsboro Road beneath Interstate 265 was down to one lane in both directions from 6:30 until 10 p.m. Tuesday.”We just have some areas where the pigeons roost a lot and the bird droppings, they start to mound up. They build up quite a bit,” said Andrea Clifford, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Highways. And the pigeon droppings were not scattered — the median under the overpass was covered in a thick layer of the stuff.”It’s more of a sanitation issue. We get complaints about it and go out and do it,” Clifford said.

Read the complete article  HERE

From Bird-B-Gone:

Pigeon droppings can end up costing communities thousands of dollars per year – just for clean-up. Bird deterrents like the Bird-B-Gone Bird Spikes or Bird Net 2000 could be installed to block birds from getting back to these areas, saving this county time and money. Bird-B-Gone sells a complete line of effective and humane bird control products to help solve virtually any pest bird problem. To learn more, visit us online at http://www.birdbgone.com

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Pigeon waste ruins historical plaque

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Pigeons, Post Riders and Neglected Local History

Submitted by NewRochelle101 on Tue, 07/06/2010 – 22:18.

On the holiday weekend there was a fun and free New Rochelle trolley tour about local history. During the tour, tour guide and Habitat for Humanity director Jim Killoran mentioned the Post Rider plaque installed in downtown New Rochelle outside of the HSBC Bank.

The Post Riders delivered messages from the armies in the Revolutionary War. The NY Post ran an article about the Post Road and the Riders on July 4th, linked here: The Road that Paved the Way to Revolution I went to look at the plaque and it was covered in pigeon waste, really awful, almost impossible to read.”

Read the complete article at New Rochelle Talk

Pigeon droppings are not only unsightly, left unattended they can corrode building materials such as steel and stone, can stain surfaces, and discolor paint.  Installing bird deterrents is a simple way to keep surfaces free of bird feces. A few bird spikes on the top of this sign would surely take care of the problem! They are easy to install and require no maintenance, and easy humane way for New Rochelle to preserve a part of local history.

Visit Bird-B-Gone, Inc for a complete line of effective and humane bird control products!

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WebMD — Bacteria on pigeons said to cause more diarrhea than Salmonella

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Spanish researchers find two bugs on feral pigeons which cause illness in humans

WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

By Nicky Broyd

22nd June 2010 – Sampling of pigeons captured on the streets of Madrid has revealed the bacteria they carry. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Acta Vetinaria Scandinavica found two bugs that were highly prevalent in the bird population and which cause illness in humans: Chlamydia psittaci and Campylobacter jejuni.

The study

Fernando Esperón from the Animal Health Research Center, in Madrid, worked with a team of researchers to analyse blood and enema samples taken from 118 pigeons caught using gun-propelled nets.

The study found extremely high prevalence of bacteria which can be transferred from feral pigeons to humans.  Esperón said in news release there was no way to tell if the birds were infected: “This leads to the hypothesis that pigeons act as asymptomatic reservoirs of Chlamydia psittaci and Campylobacter jejuni. These birds may therefore pose a public health risk to the human population.”

Read the complete WebMD article

When pigeons try to roost or nest on or around your home or business, Bird-B-Gone, Inc  has you covered with a complete line of effective and humane bird control products. The sooner you address a bird problem, the better results you will get. The longer pigeons or other birds are allowed to inhabit an area, the harder it will be to get them to leave.

Have a pigeon or bird problem? Visit Bird-B-Gone, Inc. today, or call us at 1-800-392-6915.

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