We recently came across an article titled ”Pigeon-painting machine turns the rats of the sky into colorful works of art.” Artists Julian Charriere and Julius Von Bismarck decided to give pigeons a makeover with the intention of rehabilitating the images of these vermin birds. Their machine that draps pigeons and dyes them a wide variety of colors. You can see photos of the birds, on Charriere’s website. In addition, we found this video of painted pigeons on YouTube of painted pigeons in a Dutch park.
It’s interesting and colorful, but we wouldn’t call painting pigeons an effective form of bird control.
A competitor of Bell Environmental uses an approach of pigeon removal which is a “re-education program.” The company rounds up pigeons in NYC’s five boroughs, transports the birds far away from their homes in New York City, and marks the birds with orange stripes on their backs so that they can be easily identified (and eliminated) if they in fact return to the city.
When The New York Times interviewed us for an article on effective forms of bird control, the reporter observed that the pigeons were undeterred from homing back to their favorite neighborhoods in New York City. The article noted that “Across the street from the Intrepid, on top of a semi trailer, a passel of pigeons, some with orange stripes painted on their backs, staked out H&H Bagels on 46th Street, probably unaware of what fate may await them.” The problem is that it doesn’t stop the next group of unpainted birds from occupying the places where their former cousins with orange stripes once sat.
Bell Environmental’s solutions are more effective at preventing any birds from occupying locations where building owners and landmark managers don’t want them to go. For more on Bell Bird Control’s patented technologies and answers to your pest bird problems, click here.