Pesticide targets starlings at farm

TAGHKANIC — An application of the registered, restricted-use pesticide DRC-1339, called a controlled bait agent, is planned for is planned on a farm. The goal is to reduce disease threats to livestock and reduce livestock feed consumption associated with European starlings at dairy farms.

The Columbia County Department of Health received notification that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, would be using the pesticide.

The birds will succumb to the pesticide within 24 hours after the application of DRC-1339. Birds may expire away from the treatment site. The release from the health department says they are not hazardous to handle. Birds may be picked up and disposed of in the garbage.

If pets come in contact with or eat any of these birds, the department says there is no need for concern.

If necessary, arrangements can be made to pick up large numbers of birds. The county health department does not plan or participate in these applications; it only receives notification that they will occur.

Questions should be directed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture office: 518 477-4837 Monday through Friday and 518 495-4735 Saturday and Sunday. Similar applications of the pesticide aimed at starlings that roost in barns in large numbers have been conducted in the county and elsewhere in the past.

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