"Preliminary investigation gives us the impression that.. he had problems with birds," said Ferus. "He applied for and got a permit for a product that kills birds and that’s what it seems to have been effective at doing."
Here is the county's press release on the incident:
-- The Department of Health reports that Monday evening Ingraldi Farms applied a granular pesticide intended and approved to cull birds, causing an unusually high volume of dead birds in the area of Ingraldi Farms and Whitemarsh Estates in Millville.
-- The material used; Avitrol Double Strength Corn Chops (EPA reg. # 11649-5) is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and intended to be used for bird control for Blackbirds, Brewer's Blackbirds, Cowbirds, Grackles, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Rusty Blackbird, Starlings and Yellow-Headed Blackbirds.
-- In the past, Ingraldi Farms has also used Avian Control (EPA reg. # 33162-1) a ready to use liquid repellent intended to be used for bird control for Geese, Gull, Pigeon, Crows, Starlings, House Sparrows, Blackbirds, Grackles and House Finches.
-- Ingraldi Farms is licensed through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to apply pesticides on their farms and has been working with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to alleviate the crop damage done by large flocks of birds. Remedies include auditory shock, hunting and pesticides. Ingraldi Farms has estimated a crop loss of $15,000 so far, due to the birds eating their crops.
-- Bird specimens have been collected and are being sent to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Laboratory for testing.
No one at Ingraldi Farms would talk to NBC10's Ted Greenberg when he went there for comment.
Officials say the dead birds are not toxic, but that any member of the public that encounters a dead bird should use gloves when picking it up and wash their hands thoroughly after handling and disposing of it in the trash.
They put out a call to residents Tuesday afternoon that urged residents to remain inside "due to an odor and the death of several birds in the area."
Recently, bird kills have happened in various locations around the world -- possibly none more famous than the New Year's Eve death of hundreds of blackbirds in Arkansas.
Intellpuke: We should probably be taking the swarms of dying birds, bees and bats as a warning that we've tampered with the environment too much.
You can read this article by NBC10.com correspondent Dan Stamm in context here: usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/15/13295398-crazy-dozens-of-dead-birds-fall-from-the-sky-in-new-jersey?lite