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Pigeons vex Anderson council

– The Anderson City Council plans to consider Monday how to deal with a pigeon problem in the pavilion at Carolina Wren Park.

The council is expected to vote on whether to hire an animal control company to install a net inside the pavilion, which is downtown.

According to the agenda for Monday’s evening, a “recurring nuisance with pigeons nesting in the rafters” has developed at the pavilion.

“There have been some attempts to cease their interest in the pavilion through cleaning and installing an ultrasonic bird repellent with a strobe light,” according to the agenda. “But those efforts have been unsuccessful.”

City staff said the pigeons and their waste can cause property damage and pose a health risk, and cleaning up after them can be costly.

The city sought bids from pest control companies, to see how much it would cost to install a net inside the ceiling of the pavilion.

Orkin Pest Control bid $28,000, Trehel Corp. bid $16,899 and the low bidder was Animal Control Experts at $11,385.

If the council approves the expenditure, the money to pay for it would come from hospitality tax revenue the city collects.

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