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Learning About Pigeons And The Risks They Pose

Whether you’re a business or homeowner, chances are your property has suffered at the hands of pigeons and other pest birds more than once. Essentially considered nuisance animals, there are a number of problems that can occur thanks to ignoring the presence of these animals. First and foremost, pigeon bird droppings create unsightly results, especially when found all over commercial and residential buildings and properties. There are also several health hazards and other issues that may arise, which is why seeking the help of professional animal control services providers is always the safest and recommended option. Here is what you need to know about this issue.

Types Of Pigeon Damage To Residential Properties

Among the various types of damage pigeons can cause to people’s homes and different residential properties, several stand out:

Damage From Nests

Pigeons, sparrows, and starlings are birds that tend to build their nests in rain gutters, as well as roof areas with drains. When this happens, the excess water produced from snow or rain cannot drain. This can cause extensive structural damage over time and ultimately the risk of the roof collapsing.

Damage From Droppings

The most problematic thing about bird droppings is that they are very acidic and can easily corrode different surfaces. This is most obvious when it comes to the tar-based roofing material. In cases where bird feces accumulate on roofs, the end result is costly leaks caused by the massive corrosion. When exposed to continuous and repeated bird droppings, even in very small amounts, the life expectancy of a typical household roof is reduced by almost half.

Pigeons are not picky when it comes to nesting and can be quite creative.

Damage To Machinery & Equipment

Once again, acidic bird droppings can very easily cause damage to rooftop systems, air conditioning equipment and the like. This also includes insulation, siding and so on. Additionally, people spending time in such structures or being exposed to such soiled equipment are exposed to a dangerous health risk.

Damage To Ventilation Systems

Bird nests that are built on or near ventilation systems and chimneys also pose a problem. It not only blocks airflow in and out of structures and homes but also facilitates the spreading of diseases. Unfortunately, there have been plenty of cases in the past of people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of exhaust systems being blocked by bird nests.

Fire Hazards

When constructing their nests, pigeons and other birds typically use highly flammable materials such as dried droppings, twigs and straw. That is why nests that are built near to or on electrical equipment or wiring pose a very serious fire hazard. In fact, bird nests are the culprit behind many electrical fires.

Types Of Pigeon Damage To Commercial Properties

When it comes to commercial properties, the types of damage caused by pigeons generally falls into two major categories:

1. Damage To Company Image By Bird Droppings

Company image is crucial for any business regardless of its size and seeing nesting materials and bird droppings on or around buildings sends a message to existing and potential clients that they are not properly maintained or cared for. As a result, the public’s perception of a business can be negatively affected, as well as their willingness to shop there. This is most important when it comes to food manufacturers and restaurants, as well as other food-based businesses.

2. Damage To Food And Other Products By Droppings

Pigeons can truly cause a catastrophe when flying around inside factories, airplane hangars, large retail stores, convention centers and inside warehouses. In such situations, there are many examples of how bird droppings can cause incredible damage: destroying liquids and chemicals while they’re being manufactured, ruining plastics as they are being molded, ruining old and new paint jobs on aircraft, contaminating food that is being made, sold or packaged and so on. All of these damages end up costing millions of dollars in both money and physical waste.

Is Your Business Or Residence Plagued By Pigeons? Get In Touch With Skedaddle

The absolute best decision you can make when it comes to getting rid of pigeons from your residence or commercial property is to get in touch with professional animal control services providers like Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Skedaddle has been in business for nearly three decades and has pioneered a number of humane removal and exclusion techniques, which represent the best solution for your pigeon problem. Skedaddle technicians always keep the invaders’ wellbeing in mind even during the removal process and allow babies and hatchlings to be reunited with their parent upon removal. With the addition of sanitization and future-proofing services as a standard, it is clear that Skedaddle is your best choice when it comes to ridding your commercial and residential property of those pesky pigeons.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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