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pigeon.jpgLast night, WWSB ABC Ch. 7 reported on local outrage about an oceanside restaurant poisoning dozens of pigeons. Sharky’s On The Pier, in Venice, Florida, hired a pest control company to get rid of birds that customers had complained about. The TV station spoke to one fisherman on the Venice Fishing Pier who described birds falling from the sky, “They were flopping around falling into the water.” Another man said it was a terrible sight, “It’s disgusting. There was a mom with a small child and she had to leave because the child was so upset to see what was going on.”

From the descriptions of the pigeon’s suffering, it appears that they ingested Avitrol, a notorious toxin that is commonly used by pest control companies (the poison is often placed on the roofs of buildings). Avitrol affects the nervous system causing birds to suffer from tremors and seizures before dying. Not only is Avitrol cruel, it is at best a temporary solution.

There is one piece of good news in this story. The only U.S. manufacturer of Avitrol went out of business at the end of October. Although pest control companies are still using up their remaining stock, sales of the poison have ended.

Please contact Sharky’s On The Pier and urge them to never again use poison or other lethal methods of deterring “nuisance” birds at the restaurant.

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6 Responses to “Florida’s last victims of Avitrol?”

  1. on 04 Dec 2010 at 11:57 pm doesnt matter

    People get over yourselves, pigeons are dirty annoying creatures much like a lot of humans I know. They couldn’t leave by other means so you know what, good bye, blam!!!! good riddance

  2. on 07 Dec 2010 at 8:31 pm Pigeon Poop

    There are three diseases that the health departments have found in the pigeon droppings. These are histoplasmosis, psittacosis and cryptococcosis. Generally people will only become infected if they have direct contact such as when cleaning off droppings from buildings, roads or other surfaces. A person would have to inhale a sufficient amount of the fungus or bacteria to actually become ill.

  3. on 04 Mar 2011 at 11:06 am Denny B

    @Pigeon Poop….Ok, I work pest control but only handle wild life. I always look for a humane way to get rid of problem pest including rats. When a building is full of pigeons we tend to call the buggers “rats with wings”. Being that it is no longer for sale, I have to find other ways of getting rid of them. Here is a perfect example of these birds being unhealthy.

    My 76 yr. old father-in-law has an empty warehouse which hundreds of pigeons have managed to get into and make a home out of. So now I have to find their entry points and wire mesh them. To prevent them from getting in and out. I have a few options that I can use to get rid of the ones inside. Which would you do?

    A. BB gun……kind of dangerous in a metal warehouse.

    B. Starve them once trapped inside. Or let them bake in a hot house. (Kind of cruel, huh?)

    C. Poison them so they die quickly.

    Again, my question still stands….what would you do?

    BTW….the 76 yr. old ended up fairly sick that evening after breathing the fumes from the crap in a hot warehouse. Sometimes ya just need to do what ya got to do.

  4. on 12 Jul 2012 at 7:09 pm Bob D'Guggliemo

    while there is a ongoing argument as to the pigeon problem, and it is a problem, like them or not, I believe a viable solution would be for the chemical companies to produce and manufacture a bird growth regulator(BGR). For years, Bayer and other companies have been producing (IGR)insect growth regulators. There really has to be a population control put into effect.

  5. on 07 Dec 2012 at 10:25 pm Ben

    Just good the mother left with the little kid. A shit on him can make him sick or worse. You can read a lot about people died after they where in contact with this bird shit. When someone gets sick at Sharky they sue the restaurant and not the pigeons or their protectors.

  6. on 21 Jun 2013 at 5:19 pm Jason

    @Doesnt Matter: The process in which the pigeons are being exterminated are an issues to everyone, including pigeons natural predators from eating the poisoned birds. In addition, the birds can travel for miles before plummeting to the ground in backyards, playgrounds, hospitals, freeways or airports… this is the problem. This matters..

    @Pigeon Poop: youre right,, someone would need to roll around in the pigeon poop to get sick. Stepping on, touching, or being pooped on will more than likely not cause any illness.

    @Denny: There are many alternatives to avicides/Avitrol I’m sure youre aware of. High frequency devices, OvoControl, etc… However at the end of the day,, the situation you described would call for drastic measures.. Our concerns in Las Vegas and other residential communities is Avitrol is being used without prior notice or permitting, so we have no recourse… I still agree with the statement from the NY ban “Avitrol is too deadly and too blunt an instrument to be used in an urban setting.”.. the original intent was for rural areas,, even then I disagree, but would compromise for a rural emergency, not frequent convenience..

    @Bob: OvoControl.com

    @Ben: Again, it would take a lot of bird poop to make someone sick,, unless they were elderly or HIV,, however, if a person were at these serious risk stages,, dust, mold, pollen or any natural substance could make them sick.. they should be in contained area.

    ….In Las Vegas we want prior notice in residential areas so we can bring our pets/children indoors so no secondary poisoning occurs. Also, we want a proper permitting process with the date/time/ location of the Avitrol use. I suggest you do the same in your community.

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