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Professional Pigeon Project in Orlando



02.19.2004 - This gift store in Orlando, on International Drive, had a pigeon problem. The pigeons were roosting on the steel beams that held up the decorative (not functional) Space Shuttle. This of course means that they pooped all over the ground below this area, right near the front door. Thus, all of the customers who entered the store had to walk through pigeon poop to do it. Patronage was dropping. Sales of gifts were dropping. Profits were dropping. All because pigeon droppings were dropping. So, the owners called me and asked if I could make the pigeons go away. I said that I could.

This was my first major pigeon job. The plan was to cover all of the steel beams with bird spikes to prevent the birds from roosting there. I quoted it at $450, and the store managers accepted the bid. I did all of the measurements and bought the necessary linear footage of steel bird spikes. The materials cost was $350. I performed the work in one day. I used a 40' ladder to access all of the beams behind the shuttle. The job was very challenging. I had to reposition the very heavy ladder dozens of times and at some difficult and dangerous angles in order to get to all of the steel beams. I carefully cut the needle strips to the proper lengths and affixed them to the beams with a very powerful bonding glue and steel ties. I covered all of the beams and the "Gift Store" sign below the shuttle. It was a difficult and dangerous job, but I did great work. The pigeons were no longer able to roost on the beams, and I solved the problem.

11.19.2006 UPDATE: The owners never paid me for this job. This remains my only commercial job to date for which I was not paid. I lost the money that I spent on supplies, but also a day of very hard work, when I could have done other jobs. I described this job to other bird and pigeon control experts, and they said, on average, that the project should have been priced closer to $5000, not $450. Still, I was never paid by the greedy owners of:

The World's Largest Gift Shop
6328 International Dr.
Orlando FL 32819
407 352 9695

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