A fed-up citizen reports that almost every day, somebody dumps "a large amount of cereal and crackers" by a tree on First Avenue between 8 and 9 streets in Charlestown.
... and rats. Probably more of the rats. Not sure about "attracting bugs."
Usually it's an elderly person that thinks they are helping birds and wildlife. You have to get up very early to catch them.
There was an elderly lady who used to come into the grocery store in Allston very early in the morning to buy the day-old half price bread to "feed the birds." If there was none available, she'd go around to the dumpster in the back, wait until nobody was looking, then pull expired bread out to feed said birds.
We finally got her to stop about a year ago, when we had someone from the wildlife rehab center (who was there to rescue a hawk) kindly explain to her that bread is actually bad for birds...kinda like us eating nothing but cake and cookies all the time. Delicious and filling, but very poor nutrition.
In my master-gardener classes one lecturer was the head of entomology from UMASS. He spoke a couple of times on pest control, of furry as well as insect types. He had a good time teasing the Wellesley and Dover students who contrasted their suburban hygiene with what they disparagingly called the inner city. He said they'd see the squirrels and chipmunks in the day, but even in million-plus-dollar neighborhoods, the voles, mice and, yes, rats, scampered and fed in the dark. He referred to them as the night shift.
And feeding the skunks in East Boston. I've always been fascinated with the inability of Italian families in EB to buy the correct amount of bread. When you're dumping out two loaves' worth of bread every single week, you should buy two fewer loaves a week. My former next door neighbors would do this each week like clockwork, and the skunks would happily chow down each evening, while birds largely ignored it.
They are absolutely everywhere. Wouldn't blame the Italian families though, where I am there are no Italian families, but still a ton of skunks.
I wasn't blaming, per se, but saying it wasn't a help at all. Throwing food onto the sidewalk is never a help to any pest problem.
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In the winter, when there is little tourist trash to scavenge, the birds pick up shellfish from the pilings and drop them on the dock - and then the rats bat cleanup.
The maintenance guy at my previous apartment building used to do that.
someone always does this on wollaston beach, it's so disgusting.
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