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Why You Shouldn’t Feed Pigeons in Chicago

Written by Taylar Ramsey, Bird-X Blogger

Do city pigeon problems require legal action?

Anyone in Chicago has seen the “Don’t Feed the Pigeons” signs; and, of course, there is always that disregarding individual who walks right past the sign with a handful of bread crumbs ready to feed the pigeons anyways.

These signs are not there for decoration; they serve an important purpose.

Currently, Chicago’s Municipal Code provides for a possible fine for feeding pigeons.  However, earlier this month, a local alderman proposed a stronger law that would make feeding pigeons actually illegal.

Alderman James Cappleman proposed an ordinance that will necessitate up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine should someone choose to violate by feeding pigeons in the city of Chicago.  Specifically, the Wilson and Lawrence CTA stations were recognized for their severe coverage of bird droppings, and unfortunately, regardless of the CTA’s strong efforts to keep their stations clean, the bird mess continues to ‘pile up’ due to the ongoing pigeon feeding.

Bird-X, based in Chicago, understands the importance of pest bird control – especially in highly populated areas.

Pigeon droppings can be very hazardous to our health.  They are responsible for many human diseases, including Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis and Psittacosis.  Disease organisms thrive in nutrient-rich bird droppings.  An individual may inhale the fungus from the droppings, thus becoming infected.  Though most people who become infected typically already have a weakened immune system, these health hazards should not be overlooked.

Bird-X offers many bird control units that are both beneficial and humane for deterring pest birds.  A combination of sonic/ultrasonic bird repellers and visual scares is a great synergistic solution for serious bird problem areas like CTA stations.  It would also help if everyone adhered to those signs and stopped feeding the pigeons (but we’re not holding our breath).

Bird-X has already provided numerous bird deterrent products to multiple transit systems throughout the country, helping to manage costly city pigeon problems.

With the combined efforts of humane pigeon control products and a general public who understands the consequences of feeding pigeons, Chicago (especially the CTA) will be better equipped to tackle this ongoing pigeon problem.

Questions about Pigeon Control? Ask our friendly and knowledgeable team.

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1 reply
  1. bird-x
    bird-x says:

    Celal: can you please provide more information for your argument about why we ought to follow European views on pigeons? We love pigeons here at Bird-X, however no amount of bird control tactics will deter pigeons from generous food sources. Reasons for bird control are well-documented and important to human health and safety, and something we here at Bird-X feel is very important, both as a company and as Chicago residents ourselves.


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