Bird Droppings… What Are The Hidden Risks?
What Damage Can Bird Droppings Cause?
We all know that birds can be a nuisance, but did you know their droppings could effect your business? We often hear from businesses that are suffering with issues caused by guano (or droppings) – with anything from damage to buildings to damage to reputation.
Whilst it’s safe to clean up the odd bird dropping, handling bird droppings of any quantity should be done with care due to the risk from disease. Large quantities should be handled by an experienced professional and disposed of safely. Measures can be taken to protect staff, contractors, the public and your facilities from the issues that droppings bring.
There are health and safety regulations that need to be followed when working with or near droppings – you can read them here
What Diseases are Associated?
There are several diseases known to be associated with bird droppings and all of which represent a risk to human health. When cleaning droppings in any quantity the affected area should be dampened and treated before removal to prevent the risk of inhalation and infection.
When dried-out droppings are disturbed, a cloud of airborne dust carries micro-organisms into the lungs leading to respiratory difficulties.
Contracted from droppings in nesting or roosting areas or wherever there are bird droppings and can result in flu like symptoms, a fever or in extreme cases, death.
One of the most commonly found diseases it is transmitted by birds such as pigeons and is known as Ornithosis. A flu type disease, fatalities can occur as with normal influenza viruses.
A bacterial infection contracted via ingestion or contact of guano or guano dust. It causes diarrhoea or dysentery syndrome, mostly but can also include cramps, fever and pain.
As bird guano and debris is extremely hazardous, it is essential that its removal is dealt with appropriately as these particles can become airbourne or contaminate water courses. NBC Environment have a professional programme in place to eliminate the risks caused by guano.