Bird Risks and Problems

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Bird risks and problems

When birds perch, roost and nest on your property they are not only a nuisance, but can also threaten your property, and bring a wide range of associated health risks to staff and the public.  

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Threats to your property

Fouling is inevitable where birds perch, roost or nest on buildings. The accumulation of bird fouling and nesting is not only unsightly, but can cause long term property issues if not dealt with.

  • Blocked rainwater systems - blocked gutters can cause water ingress and localised flooding, leading to problems with damp and damage to goods

  • Damage to fabric of buildings - bird fouling is acidic and will damage stonework, limestone, brickwork, and affect the finish on shiny or painted surfaces

  • Health and safety risks - fouling on pavements, steps and fire escapes means increased slip risk to staff, contractors visitors and public

  • Increased maintenance costs - for the cleaning of fire escapes, blocked gutters and plant maintenance, such as air conditioning units

  • Damage to corporate image - bird problems can also damage an organisation’s corporate image, creating a loss of goodwill and a negative public image

Associated health risks

There have been documented cases of avian diseases being transmitted to humans via direct contact with infected bird fouling. These diseases can cause long term disability and are occasionally fatal.

Peter Cox employs specialist procedures for bird fouling problems and can ensure its treatment and removal with the minimum of risk. It is important that bird fouling removal is carried out by trained and experienced personnel who are fully aware of the risks involved; it is not a task that should not be taken lightly.

Bird diseases

There are a variety of diseases associated with birds:

  • Ornithosis: a flu type disease most commonly found to be transmitted by birds such as pigeons. Fatalities can occur.
  • Cryptococcosis: a very serious and potentially fatal lung infection which can progress to the meninges of the brain causing Meningitis.
  • Campylobacter: brought about by the contamination of food sources by birds.
  • Salmonellosis: present in upwards of 90% of feral pigeons and to a slightly lesser degree in starlings.
  • Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis: more commonly known as “pigeon fancier’s lung”.
  • E.coli: a diarrhoeal disease contracted orally by ingesting contaminated food or water. Recent research has linked its spread to gulls.

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