Thursday, April 27, 2017
Quit yer squawkin'!
From DNA Info:
A recently installed alarm which seeks to deter birds from gathering at the Rego Center Mall has confused and annoyed some shoppers as well, locals said.
The alarm, which emits loud sounds of chirping birds, was installed several weeks ago at an atrium near the escalator by Bed, Bath & Beyond to deter pigeons and other birds flocking to the area, mall employees said.
The atrium, featuring several planters and benches, is where customers can rest or wait for their family members shopping around the mall.
But scores of birds also chose the spot to build their nests there, often forcing shoppers to sit among thick layers of pigeon droppings.
And while the deterrents seem to effectively scare the birds off, some shoppers said the sounds emitted by the alarm are “annoying.”
Sound alarms are one of several methods used to deter birds throughout the city. Other deterrents include ultrasonic devices that make sounds that are unbearable to pigeons, but can’t be heard by people, a method sometimes used by the MTA.