Arona Ayuntamiento has announced that it is going to issue a contract for a private company to cull bird pests throughout the municipality. The initial contract will be for a year, but the council will extend if necessary until it is clear that the control has been effective. Environment councillor Antonio Sosa said that the measures were necessary because of the increase in population numbers of pigeons, doves and other street species, which represented a threat to public health since such birds are known to transmit diseases including salmonellosis, pulmonary alveolitis, and chlamydia, quite apart from any damage and economic losses they caused, and the bad image they gave visitors.

The council said that the areas which will be treated as a priority will be gardens, pathways, pedestrian walkways, public parks and the areas around schools in Los Cristianos, Arona casco, La Camella, Valle San Lorenzo, Buzanada, Cabo Blanco, Guaza, Las Galletas, El Fraile, Costa del Silencio and Playa de Las Amércias, as well as in any particular points that might become evident as affected.

There is no information as to how these culls are going to be carried out, but it doesn’t take a great deal of imagination. Councils in Tenerife are not renowned for excessiveness of care when treating with chemicals, and many pets and strays have been affected by careless poisonings in public spaces. I would expect this problem to increase in Arona over the next year. Be careful with animals …

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  1. I am so happy to hear this.After 31 years on the island I have a problem with doves messing on my terrace..and believe me it’s a mess.I have to keep disinfecting and then repainting, my gazebo curtains and roof are being destroyed.I love animals but this for the last 6 months has sent me crazy.

  2. Well, it all comes down to people leaving food and litter around. I for one am sick and tired of the constant bags of rubbish being left around, along the roadside, even beside the rubbish bins! What mentality is it that someone carefully ties a bag up then dumps it where they are not supposed to??? If there was no food around for these birds, then they would go somewhere else to find some.

  3. A pity Arona doesn’t do something about dog excrement on the pavements. Now that’s a health hazard . Owners let their dogs roam (lots have collars), the council should collect these and make owners pay a large amount of euros to get them back and police people who are not picking up their dogs mess. The pavements are a disgrace? It is a moan from people visiting this lovely island and Los Cris in particular.

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