pigeon patrol droppingsPigeon Patrol found this story in about, Rome facing a “guano alarm” as millions of pigeons and starlings leave the city covered in a thick layer of droppings, Italian media report.

Some four million birds annually overwinter in the capital, but this year spending cuts have derailed efforts to discourage the birds from settling in central areas. In previous years, anti-bird measures have included pruning plane trees and broadcasting amplified cries of birds of prey through loudspeakers.

But such efforts have not been put into action in 2013, so the birds have deposited a thick layer of droppings on streets, vehicles and buildings.

The tree-lined Lungotevere, the boulevard running along the river Tiber, is particularly badly affected. Sections of it are thick with droppings, creating slip hazards for pedestrians, cyclists and motorbike riders alike. Photos published by Corriere della Sera show vehicles blanketed with guano. Pedestrians arm themselves with umbrellas or run for cover. The situation is so bad that some residents bang on pots and pans in the streets and squares to scare the birds away, just as people used to do in years gone by.

Using bird spikes or pigeon spikes together with an UltraSonic bird deterrent would definitely help with Rome’s bird issue. Pigeon problems have not got this bad in Canada, but you never know. Canadians may have to pigeon proof with bird deterrents to get rid of their pigeon problem.

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