Taking a ride to Telluride – the most beautiful place on earth.
Tom took these pictures near Daniels Park in Douglas County. Once these magnificent beasts roamed freely and ruled the prairie. Once they provided food, clothing, and shelter for the Ute and Arapahoe Indians. Now they graze peacefully near the suburban sprawl – docile, tame, and domesticated.
Did you know the dome of the Colorado Capitol Building is gold? Well actually it is gold plate. According to Wikipedia, the structure was constructed in the 1890’s from Colorado white granite and its distinctive gold dome consists of real gold plate. You can imagine the corrosive nature of pigeon droppings on such a fine, precious metal. Pigeon poop is unsightly, can smell bad in large amounts, and can attract insects.
This is a story about pigeon birth control, a sweet little old lady, and doing what it takes to get the job done.
Many years ago, the State of Colorado hired Tom to eliminate the pigeons at the Colorado Capitol Building. This was long before 9/11 and security measures were not quite what they are now. At that time, visitors could hike up and up the spiral stairs into the dome, stepping outside to enjoy a vast, spectacular view of the surrounding buildings, and beyond to the distant Rocky Mountains. It is a stunning panorama.
A good pest control operator must determine pigeon nesting areas before effectively treating a pigeon problem. That was exactly what Tom was doing for several days in a row as he endured the steep, winding assent to the top of the dome. With binoculars in hand he always took a moment to admire the breathtaking view from the top before he patiently began observing the roosting pigeons and watched their flight patterns. This job proved to be pretty tricky, and he found he was having some difficulty locating the nests.
One day, the security guard approached Tom, with a stern inquiry, “Hey buddy! What the heck are you doing with the binoculars?” The guy was suspicious of Tom’s behavior and definitely imposing his authority, poised for action. Quickly Tom produced his Company ID and explained that he was a State contractor, simply trying to help take care of the pigeon problem. After further explanations, the guard relaxed and wanted to know more about this interesting process. Putting two and two together, the guard had a brilliant idea. He told Tom about a woman who sat everyday on a bench in the park area down below, gently and lovingly feeding her dear pigeons.
What a brilliant solution! Since he could not locate the nests, Tom decided to lace some corn with a birth control type substance designed for birds and join the sweet lady in her daily pigeon feeding session. So the next day, Tom found the woman, joined her on the park bench, and began throwing out his “special” corn. The lady was so impressed with this sweet young man who cared so much about her pigeon friends. She turned to him smiling and said, “You are such a kind young man to help me feed the birds.”
Once again, Tom got the job done, made a couple of new friends, and solved this major problems for our beloved State of Colorado.
For information on Pigeon Pest Control, please contact Colorado Pest Management at 303-706-9616. Thank you!
When my husband and I attend parties and people discover he has been an exterminator for 37 years in the Denver area, they are first fascinated by the topic, and then enthralled by his stories. No one can tell a story like Tom.
Like the time he cornered a very large rat in an ancient basement under some old buildings in LoDo. The rat drew itself up to full height, flashed its substantial teeth, and belted out a deafening high-pitched screech. Yes, Tom high-tailed it out of there.
Some places become so infested with cockroaches that when he starts the treatment, the cockroaches literally shower down from the ceiling. Tom says it sounds like rain.
Or the time he was doing a pigeon job in Larimer Square, when some construction was going on. The pigeons were picking up nails in their beaks, landing on the tall buildings, and then dropping nails on the pedestrians below.
Once he was spraying a house for spiders and had to crawl under the house. When he came out of the crawl space, he was covered in Black Widow Spiders.
Several times he has observed residents with pet rats. They love these little pets so much that they let them wander freely. When that happens in an apartment building, the neighbors better watch out!
What entertaining stories he has. We love to listen but get the creeps at the same time.
Stay tuned for more adventures in pest control.