Did you know that feeding pigeons can cause thousands of dollars in damages to buildings and businesses? Did you know that feeding birds can actually cost you hundreds or even thousands in fines? Most people think that feeding birds will help the birds and make them healthier…did you know that this isn’t actually true?
Let’s take a look at a case from a few years ago….
Back in 2016, Michael “Spike” King worked as a maintenance man for a large residential building in Uptown Chicago, a building with a huge pigeon problem. Certainly, that’s not an isolated problem in a huge city like Chicago, as they’ve had ordinances against feeding pigeons in place there for years. But this case was different. Someone was feeding pigeons around this particular building in a very big way, on a scale so grand that the pigeon population was growing at a truly alarming rate. Resident’s cars (not to mention the sidewalks around the property), were being bombarded with pigeon droppings daily, and rats and raccoons were starting to show up for the free lunches too!
King and the building’s owner knew something had to be done, so together they began the painstaking task of combing through hours and hours of surveillance footage from around the building in an effort to track down the culprit. And they did! Her name was Young Kang and she was, as then Chicago Alderman James Cappelman called her, a “bird-feeding extremist,” who was known to drop three or four pounds of bread on the ground at a time.
Confronting Ms. Kang proved to be unsuccessful as she simply changed her feeding time from around 8-8:30 pm to the wee morning hours, sometimes between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Finally, King and the building owner were able to gather enough evidence on building surveillance tape to have her charged with 10 counts of violating pigeon feeding ordinances and fined $3,000.
An extreme case to be sure, but it does beg the question of what would motivate somebody to do this? Did Ms. Kang, like many people who feed pigeons, think she was helping the birds? Nothing could be further from the truth, which is why the implementation and enforcement of a No Feeding policy is an important part of our strategy at U.S. Pigeon Control.
Urging tenants and residents not to feed pigeons sounds easy in theory, but it’s something else entirely to effectively communicate and enforce a “no feed” policy. That’s where we come in. We’ll help you get the word out in a way that makes sense to your renters. It’s easy to tell them not to feed the birds, but it’s a much more compelling point to tell them WHY.
Most people in America just don’t realize that while pigeons can live up to 15 years in captivity, their lifespan in the “wild” of urban America is only about 3-5 years because they’re eating human food, which eventually kills them.
Give us a call today at (866) 674-7779 to learn more about how we can help you establish a no-feed policy at your property and we’ll share more with you about some of our other foolproof and humane solutions to your pigeon problems.