Bird droppings – they not only look unsightly, but they present with other hazards too – namely our health and well-being and causing damage to our homes and vehicles. If bird droppings are becoming a problem you should not delay in seeking professional advice and help. A range of effective treatments are available.
The answer to this is an overwhelming yes.
Bird droppings can cause discolouration in your brickwork. Garden furniture can be ruined beyond repair and any fabrics such as your parasol, upholstered furniture and gazebos can be stained with little chance of removing the fouling completely.
Pest birds such as pigeons and seagulls will find areas to nest in your roof. This may seem innocent enough but consider the fact that nesting materials and bird droppings can accumulate and block your downpipes and gutters at the highest point. The first sign of this can be leaking through the roof, under the eaves, even the walls of your home as the water (full of fouling) backs up.
Pigeons can roost overnight for up to 16 hours, creating piles of hazardous and unsightly droppings. During the day when perching, they move frequently to access food supplies, leaving their fouling over wide areas of your home and garden.
The nesting material and fouling attract other birds, intensifying the problem of blockages and leaks. When this material and fouling dries, it becomes a breeding ground for flies and other insects.
If you have an air conditioning system in your home be alert to the fact that pigeons will congregate around the system, especially if it is located on a flat roof. Fouling and nesting can compromise the system but you are only aware there is a problem when it breaks down.
If you have solar panels, did you know that left unchallenged pest birds and their droppings can damage the system and reduce its effectiveness? Solar panels on new and refurbished homes in the Greater London area are an increasingly common sight as homeowners look for green and efficient ways to reduce their energy bills and their carbon footprint.
However, despite their recognised green and clean credentials, solar panels can be a magnet for pest birds, causing all manner of damage. For example:
Pigeon fouling on just half of one solar panel can cause a drop of 50% in energy conversion of the entire solar system.
Increasingly we are responding to call-outs where pigeons have used the underside of solar panels to nest. The slender gap between your solar panels and the roof they are affixed to provides enough space for a pigeon to make its home. Closer inspection of your panels could reveal several nests, significant bird droppings, and damage to the fine connecting wires, leading to a significant repair bill. Pigeons love pulling at these wires, dislodging them, and leaving them exposed, dangling from the roof as fair game for other birds and squirrels.
Pest bird fouling can damage your solar panel system’s aluminium frames. And because it is hard to notice this damage unless you are actually on the roof the damage is often widespread.
Bear in mind too that your solar panel warranty could be invalidated if your panels have not been cleaned and professionally proofed.
Does bird droppings damage car paint? The answer to this is yes. The uric acid that is present in bird excrement eats away at your vehicle’s top-coat layer. If you do not have your car regularly cleaned or dismiss the fouling as something you will deal with later, it may be too late to prevent the next stage which is damage to the paint underneath. You are then faced with a hefty repair bill.
It is not surprising to learn that bird droppings pose a very real threat to a person’s health, especially to those with a weakened immune or respiratory system. Three human diseases, histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis have been linked to seagull droppings. A fungus that grows in bird droppings and soil causes histoplasmosis, a disease that affects the lungs.
Bird droppings can contaminate air conditioning units, roof eaves, even water supplies if not identified and dealt with professionally. Pigeon fouling attracts insects and can cause salmonella. The inhalation of dust from dried pigeon droppings can also lead to respiratory problems.
Another health hazard of bird droppings is that when it rains, the droppings become slippery posing a hazard for everyone.
If you are experiencing problems with bird droppings and you would welcome expert advice, please feel free to contact us at Hawkeye Bird Control.