PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - A Pendleton prison is waging its annual battle to get swallows out of the building’s nooks and crannies before they lay eggs.
The Pendleton East Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1z9VNOU ) that inmates at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution spray high-powered hoses to knock out the persistent birds’ nests. Federal law says the prison will have to leave them be once they start laying eggs.
Swallows can carry insects and disease. After last year’s battle the prison spent $3,500 on fumigation.
The swallows prefer to nest on the south side of the prison, which houses recreation yards, gardens and walkways. Therefore inmates and staff are besieged by bird poop when outside.
A prison spokesman said the birds are welcome to move to any other side of the building, but they don’t seem interested.
Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.info
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