Food Lovers, Business Owners Cry Fowl

“Have food, will travel.” This might as well be the battlecry of birds joining the lively restaurant and bar scene in Sydney. Often spotted are pigeons and Indian mynas, dozens of which enjoy hanging out in these establishments.

These birds seemingly want to rub elbows with locals and tourists as they wine and dine in the city. But their true intention is revealed as soon as they start pecking on the floor—they just want your food.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

To the NSW Food Authority, these feathered fiends are akin to common pests. They may look less frightening but they are no different from rats and cockroaches.

Indian mynas and pigeons defecate everywhere. Their droppings contain salmonella, cryptococcal meningitis and E. coli, among many others. Lice and mites may also live on their skin and feathers, making them viable carriers of these tiny pests.

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Image source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Al fresco areas in upscale brunch spots, hole-in-the-wall pubs and anything else in between are not spared from their unhygienic practices.

But the worst offender of all are seagulls. They prey on diners who are out and about, swooping down to steal their lunch. Circular Quay, being by the water and home to waterfront restos, is a hotspot for these gulls.

Gulls No Longer Gullible

It’s been said that animals that coexist with human populations have a tendency to become more aggressive. With seagulls, they also become a lot smarter.

For instance, the mechanical hawk installed by the Opera House in 2014 did nothing to strike fear in the gulls, enough to drive them away. Other failed attempts The Sydney Morning Herald enumerated in their article include an audio deterrent and kites designed to resemble owls.

The next time you’re bothered by these meal crashers, call Masters Pest Control Sydney on (02) 8007 4666. We provide commercial pest control services, assisting food business owners implement measures to keep pests from invading their premises.

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