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Guano CleaningThere are 3 diseases known to be associated with bird droppings; histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis – all can represent a risk to human health. Histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis are fungal diseases that grow in the droppings and soil. Psittacosis is a bacterial disease that spreads when bird droppings dry, the particles become airborne and are inhaled.

In substantial quantities bird dropping’s acidic matter can even cause damage to the fabric of a building or a structure which in turn, leads to higher cleaning and repair bills. Large quantities of bird droppings will also be infested with blood-feeding insects and mites this can be common in derelict buildings or rooftop plant structures where feral pigeons have gained access.

Health & Safety
Whilst it’s safe to clean up the odd bird dropping, handling significant quantities of bird dropping’s should be removed with care and disposed of in accordance with controlled waste regulations.  There are health and safety regulations that need to be followed when removing or working near bird droppings of any sort.

If you have a guano problem you should consult a qualified expert due to the risk of disease, the need to remove the problem birds and the need to install bird proofing to stop the bird problem reoccurring.

Talk to your local bird control technician for a free survey and bird droppings removal quotation on 0800 169 9646.

1. Regular Monitoring

The best method to prevent the likelihood of pest problems is to ensure a regular pest monitoring programme is in place. Early detection provides the opportunity for a swift and effective treatment, reducing the likelihood of infestations spreading and becoming more costly and timely to eliminate. Our expert NBC technicians will not only provide you with preventative solutions, but they can also carry out a comprehensive risk assessment which will identify and detail the critical monitoring points where you are most likely to at risk of pest attack. Talk to your local NBC branch manager to discuss your pest prevention plan requirements.

2. Litter Control

At many of the premises we are called out to visit, the business already has a pest problem that requires treatment. Often, our technicians find that bad housekeeping is the source of many pest infestations as it is an attractant to rodents, insects and other pests such as nuisance birds (gulls, pigeons etc). Litter bins are often a good source of food for hungry, scavenging gulls and pigeons. NBC are the UK’s leading experts in bird control services and we can help you to put together a comprehensive pest management programme for identification and prevention of these and other sources of pest infestations as early detection is the key to eradicating a problem quickly, cost-effectively and hassle-free with minimal impact upon your reputation. Laundry, uniform and textiles cleaning contractors often provide an invaluable service, but they may sometimes provide you with unwanted and unexpected pest problems too as they can be a prevalent source of pest infestations such as cockroaches, fleas or bed bugs from cross-contamination between their clean and dirty laundry whilst in storage or transit. Our expert NBC technicians will not only provide you with preventative solutions and insightful good housekeeping advice, but they can also carry out a comprehensive risk assessment which will detail how to remove various pests or prevent infestations. Talk to your local NBC branch manager to discuss how to improve your housekeeping and deter or prevent pest hazards or to arrange a comprehensive (and free!) risk assessment.

3. Non-toxic baiting

Responsible, ethical and professional pest control is much more than placing bait, traps or fumigation to destroy unwanted infestations. Rodenticide usage is becoming more strictly controlled and best practice guidelines ensure a maximum anti-coagulant rodenticide usage of 35 days, during which period any size of pest problem should be successfully resolved. Whilst we occasionally use chemicals or rodenticides as part of our treatments, we act responsibly for the amounts of baits we use so that they eradicate the pest problem, but not enough to create secondary poisoning to other wildlife. Talk to your local NBC branch manager to ensure your business acts responsibly; the pest treatments are carried out ethically; your conscience is clear and environmental policies intact.

4. Premises maintenance

Keeping up with repairs and maintenance on your property isn’t just good commercial sense to avoid more costly problems in the future, but the investment is also worthwhile to prevent pest problems taking hold too. Many insects, rodents or even nuisance birds like gulls or pigeons like to find cracks in walls, floor crevices or within roofing structures to hide or nest. NBC are experts in identifying and proofing the places where pests like to live and can provide a free risk assessment for your premises to reduce or prevent the likelihood of pest infestation. We can carry out a full HACCP assessment to determine the critical monitoring points at your premises to develop and agree a pest control strategy and prevent these areas from pest attack. Talk to your local NBC branch manager to safeguard your premises against pest problems and to arrange your comprehensive (and free!) risk assessment.

5. Regular staff training for pest awareness

Whilst early intervention is a critical part of being able to control a pest infestation once it has taken hold, good staff awareness training can identify potential locations where pest attack is more likely and prevent pest problems from occurring. This ensures your business can avoid any costly litigation or repairs and maintenance to premises, whilst maintaining the health & safety standards for your staff and customers and ensuring your legal compliance in order to achieve successful H&S audits and inspections. To understand and discuss the common causes and symptoms, please talk to your local NBC branch manager for advice on pest awareness and identification training requirements.