It’s a fact, where you have pigeons, you’ll have pigeon guano! Also known as pigeon droppings, faeces, waste, muck or poop, it’s all the same thing but it can have serious and costly consequences for your business.
Prevention is always better than a cure, and while it’s easier to stop something happening in the first place than to repair the damage afterwards, pigeons are not always co-operative. When it comes to dealing with pesky urban pigeons you need a professional cure to the problem and then take the appropriate preventative action.
Pigeon droppings are not just an unsightly mess, they pose a real health and safety hazard to employees, customers and even passers-by.
There are several diseases known to be linked with bird droppings. Histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis all represent a risk to human health and can be transmitted by inhaling the bacteria from dried droppings or handling feathers of infected birds.
Other associated risks include the health and safety aspect of someone slipping on pigeon mess, this opens a whole new problem should they sustain an injury from a fall on your property or caused by pigeons nesting on your building.
The damage caused by pest pigeons to buildings can soon amount to thousands of pounds. This can include blocked gutters from nesting debris causing leaks and water damage or even water contamination. The material of buildings can also be damaged because of the corrosive nature of pigeon droppings.
More recently, we have seen how much of a problem pigeon guano can be to solar panels, in some cases preventing them from operating effectively.
Pigeon waste removal is a job for a professional company, as pigeon droppings in large quantities needs to be handled and disposed of safely. There are health and safety regulations that need to be followed when working with bird droppings.
When dealing with pigeon droppings removal, we follow a professional guano removal programme to prevent the risk of inhalation and infection. This begins with a detailed working practice agreed with the client, covering all safety documentation and regulations.
Only then is the pigeon waste removal process started on site, with the guano first being neutralised with an avicide and dampened. The solid waste is then double bagged for safe disposal with appropriate documentation and special vacuums are utilised with particle filters. Finally, reports are completed, and a certificate of completion issued to the client to demonstrate the area is now safe.
These are the preventative steps you can take to control pest pigeons. Pigeon proofing methods are designed to deter pest pigeons and move them on to nest and roost elsewhere. Effective pigeon control services are discrete and humane, and can be used on their own or in conjunction with several methods to achieve the best results:
To determine the best pigeon proofing, we recommend booking a site survey or calling us on 0333 567 2020 to discuss your pigeon guano problems.
Author: NBC Environment/Orkin
John Dickson of NBC has over 25 years’ experience managing the conflict that businesses can face with wildlife, birds and pests, reducing risks for many organisations across the UK. Since the business was founded in 1993, John has grown the business expanding the services we offer and developing NBC into one of the leading pest control businesses in the UK and the largest falconry business in Europe.