As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 20 March 2014


SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - March 18, 2014) - Having a California Gull represent Utah as its state bird may sound odd but once the important role it played in saving early settlers' crops from a plague of crickets is explained, people appreciate why it was named to such a lofty perch.

What commercial facility and property managers in Utah may have a harder time coming to appreciate is the threat gulls, pigeons, sparrows and other nuisance birds pose to commercial facilities.

Nuisance birds threaten Utah's food processing, storage and distribution centers, as well as retail and office facilities, with their corrosive and disease laden droppings. And as winter comes to a close these flying pests are looking to establish nesting sites to raise their offspring.

AJ Treleven, service center manager for Sprague Pest Solutions in Salt Lake City, says the large flat roofs of commercial facilities act as an artificial "beach" for gulls. The gulls, which can number in the hundreds, can cause significant structural damage by their constant pecking.

In addition to threatening the structural integrity the presence of gulls or pigeons leads to unsightly and unhealthy droppings that contain disease causing bacteria including listeria, a serious threat to a food processing facility.

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