A local wildlife biologist has found a way to control the problem, and you may not believe the solution.
The answer to the problem just might be parakeet contraceptives. The problems are mostly in South Florida, but it was a Gainesville biologist who figured out how to deal with the issue.
To reduce the bird population, he fed them sunflower seeds covered in diazacon, a chemical that makes the birds unable to reproduce.
"These large nests of sticks and branches get wet, they get damp, and the nesting material comes in contact with the energized components of the utility system," said Dr. Michael Avery, "causing a short circuit and power outages as a result."
Dr. Avery's study was paid for by Florida Power and Light utility company. It isn't officially complete, but when it is, they hope that the contraceptive laced sunflower seeds will be a long-term solution.
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