There 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.