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Roseboro Tries to Roust Pigeons from Roost

Posted August 17, 2007

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— Town officials plan to use a high-tech system to deter flocks of pigeons that have taken up residence and leave daily messes on sidewalks and anything else outdoors.

"We hate to even walk outside because they'll get you," resident Ann Patterson said of the pigeons. "We just run. We try to outrun them."

The pigeons have been flocking to the town of about 1,200 in Sampson County for about three years. Roseboro residents said they don't know what the attraction is, only that they would like to get rid of them.

"We do everything we can to get rid of them, but they don't go away," Patterson said.

Town officials said they refurbished Main Street with new sidewalks and repaving to entice more visitors and business, not pigeons doing their business.

“All we can do is just watch, watch them do it,” resident Brian Bennett said. "You can see they've been making a mess on the ground."

Students and instructors at a Sampson Community College satellite campus on Main Street got an owl decoy from a drug store that recently closed, but it didn't scare off the pigeons when the students placed the decoy outside their building.

The Roseboro Board of Commissioners plans to hear a presentation from Bird-X at their next meeting. The company sells a system that uses ultrasonic waves to get rid of unwanted birds and other nuisance animals safely.


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  • Rolling Along Aug 19, 2007

    apparently the city has never heard of Nixalite? Easy to use and permanent we use it all the time when we have a bird problem. Very humane... http://www.nixalite.com/nixalitebirdcontrol.aspx

  • lolly Aug 19, 2007

    hold a falconers convention.

  • lizard Aug 19, 2007

    What about the deaf ones???

    I vote, we hire Steve Crisp.

  • Steve Crisp Aug 19, 2007

    Use a .22 rifle to pick them off. Calibrate the thing for about 150 yards with a laser sight so you are guaranteed not to miss and blow their little heads off.

    They are pigeons, folks. Rats wtih wings. Flying vermin.

    I'll be more than glad to come down there and do it myself just for fun.

  • SteamTrain Aug 18, 2007

    Sure hope they get a money back guarantee if they try sound repellants. I tried one of those sold for repelling mice and set a trap up 6" from the emitter. Caught 2 mice in a week, then tossed the device.....but maybe birds are more susceptible.

  • BE Aug 17, 2007

    Must be a very slow news day!