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How to clean bird droppings?

Anyone who has unwittingly parked their car below a flock of birds knows just how messy they can get. Pigeon, starling and sparrow droppings contain high amounts of corrosive uric acid that can stain and damage building materials. If birds are roosting in or on your home, it takes little time for their droppings accumulate on siding, brick, metal and stone. If left too long, bird feces can cause irreversible damage resulting in costly repairs. The easiest way to prevent damage to your home is to quickly remove, exclude and deter birds from your property.

In addition to being highly corrosive, bird poop can also create health risks for humans and pets. The droppings of pigeons, starling and sparrows can contain a fungal disease called histoplasmosis.  Exposure to bird roosts and nests that are heavily contaminated with dangerous fungal spores increases the chance of inhalation. Humans are most at risk for infection when dry bird feces become airborne and travel through air vents and open windows.

Personal protective should always be worn when cleaning and decontaminating bird roosts and nests. Skedaddle has the experience and know-how to safely remove and eliminate the risk. Call us today 1-888-592-0387.

Removing bird nests

When most people think of a bird’s nest they imagine a neat bowl of straw perched atop a tree branch. Few homeowners realize just how large starling and sparrows nests can become. As hole-nesters, sparrows and starlings will gather materials and add to their nests until they have completely filled the cavity. Without human intervention, nests can quickly grow to unmanageable and dangerous sizes. It is not uncommon for Skedaddle technicians to remove multiple garbage bags full of nesting material from attics, soffits and ventilation systems.

Bird nests inside vents and attics represent a significant fire hazard. Clogged bathroom and stove vents will fail to exhaust properly causing fan motors to overheat. Dried leaves, twigs, grass and feathers serve as dangerous fire accelerants when placed in contact with a home’s electrical components.

Pigeon, starling and sparrow nests are also hotbeds for bird mites. These birds share their nests with tens of thousands of mites that survive by feeding on their blood. Unfeathered baby birds are preferred hosts as they are unable to groom themselves. When birds abandon or are evicted from their nests, mites will migrate en masse in search of a new host.  While bird mites are unable to live on humans, they will bite and can survive several weeks without a blood meal. Be sure to speak with a Skedaddle technician about eliminating the bird mites in your home.

Once all birds have been humanely evicted from a home it is critical to remove all nesting material. Skedaddle’s technicians aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty to make sure your home is safe and protected. That includes crawling in attics, climbing ladders and getting up close and personal with some pretty nasty stuff.

Learn more about how Skedaddle can repair the damage to your attic’s insulation. Or call us now 1-888-592-0387.

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