Wildlife specialist has suggestion for bird problem at Owasso complex

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 9/11/2013 10:32 pm Published: 9/11/2013 9:01 pm

Owasso --

FOX23 first brought you the story about an Owasso apartment complex dealing with thousands of birds and their droppings last night at 10.

We contacted the corporate office that runs The Greens apartment complex Tuesday night to find out what they are doing about the problem.

They told us they are looking into it, but when we came back out on Wednesday afternoon nothing had been cleaned up.

It’s a sight that most people don’t want to walk out too early in the morning. Bird droppings are everywhere. Covering cars, sidewalks and feathers litter the grass.

Renters here tell us the birds have been here for a while and are a constant nuisance. FOX23 wanted to find out what can be done about the problem so we contacted a wildlife specialist.

“There is several different scaring devices you can use to keep them away from the property,” says wildlife specialist, Tom Peterson.

Peterson is co-owner of B-Gone Wildlife. He’s been removing birds humanely for more than 20 years now.

“The only thing we can trap is Pigeons, Sparrows and Starlings,” says Peterson.

He suggests the apartment complex use a different tactic to get rid of them.

“Strobe lights are one of the things that you can use, and there are scary balloons and stuff like that,” he says.

And he and his team can trap and remove them in a humane way.

It’s an issue that has bothered Inesha Boykin for a while now.

“It can be very annoying. I work nights so I hear it at night. It’s a little creepy too,” says Boykin.

Since her boys love to play outside, she says they often bring the outside, inside.

“They have brought things on their shoes inside the house,” she says.

She’s also very worried about the bird droppings causing disease.

“It doesn’t sound like it can be good for them so yes, I’m very concerned about their health,”says Boykin.

We contacted the Tulsa Health Department about the problem. It says one thing to be mindful of is a fungal disease called, Histoplasmosis. The fungus can get into your lungs and cause an infection.

Most people don’t experience any symptoms, however some will show signs of dry cough, fatigue, fever and chest pains. If you think you may have been exposed it’s best to go and get an x-ray.

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this is what happens when city sprawl occurs.
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