There are 3 diseases known to be associated with bird guano (bird poo): 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 guano dries and guano particles become airborne and are inhaled.
In substantial quantities bird guano’s acidic matter can even cause damage to the fabric of buildings which in turn, leads to higher cleaning and repair bills. Large quantities of guano will also be infested with blood-feeding insects.
Health & Safety
Whilst it’s safe to clean up the odd bird dropping, handling guano of any quantity should be done with care – especially large quantities. Measures should be taken at all times to protect staff, contractors and the public’s health if working near a guano cleaning site. There are health and safety regulations that need to be followed when working with or near bird guano. Anyone doing so should observe the regulations below or consult an experienced professional.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992, Regulation 3
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/2932)
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994
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 quotationon 0800 169 9646.
As the UK’s leading bird control specialist we provide years of experience offering the widest range of bird control services and techniques to tackle any bird problem. Our bird control services provide:
- Expert, knowledgeable and qualified bird deterrent and control specialists
- Free and comprehensive site surveys
- Advice on legislation – Protected species, egg and nest removal
- Falconry response bird control
- Tailored and cost effective bird control and bird deterrent proofing solutions
- A guano cleaning service
- A 2 year guarantee on all bird proofing installations
Typical bird control problems we encounter:
The main species that create bird control problems are gulls and pigeons which are frequently found in urban areas. These species and other species cause problems by:
- Bird fouling – deposits on buildings, cars, stock or materials
- Aggressive behaviour – during the nesting season (Mar – Sept)
- Nesting in or on buildings – clogging drains, flues encouraging insect infestation
- Spreading disease – bird guano carries fungal and bacterial disease
- Creating noise –calling of breeding gulls or the cooing pigeons
- Ground Nesting – development delays on greenfield or brownfield sites
Other problem bird species that affect businesses and organisations are Canada Geese, Starlings and Corvids (Crows, Rooks, Ravens, Jackdaws) which create health and safety issues, depositing bird mess and creating destruction wherever they go.
What should you do if you have a Bird Control Problem?
If you have a bird control problem the first step to is to call us. We have over 18 years’ experience at the forefront of bird control and have worked on every type of bird control problem on industrial sites, listed buildings, office blocks, shopping centres, airfields, farms, ports – we’ve even removed birds from the interior of several well known high street stores!
Bird control and bird scaring measures we employ are:
- Bird Control using traditional proofing techniques such as netting, bird wire and bird spiking
- Bird Control using innovative proofing techniques – electric or gel deterrents (ideal for listed buildings)
- Bird scaring using falconry response – we have the UK’s most experienced falconry response teams
- Humane bird trapping & egg or nest removal
Talk to you local bird control teams on 0800 169 9646 for free advice and a site risk assessment survey.
As the UK’s leading bird control specialist you can be assured you’ll never get in a flap over bird problems. We’re so good at what we do that our competitors – Rentokil and Mitie – use us and we work for leading UK brands such as Shell, Marriot Hotels, National Grid, Biffa.
Nuisance birds – pigeons, gulls, corvids (the crow family) and starlings – unchecked will continue to create mess and damage requiring costly cleaning and maintenance time and time again. Just as bird species and habits vary, so does the right proofing solution. A variety of systems are available and each has its own particular advantages and disadvantages for any given situation.
Each bird proofing system is species-specific as we understand exactly how the birds will react to the installation. Birds will use different areas buildings for different purposes – resting, roosting and nesting. Our nationwides teams of bird control experts will provide a free survey to meausre bird pressure throughout your site and provide advice and recommendations tailored to you particular business and environment.
To talk your local NBC bird control expert to book a free survey on 0800 169 9646.
Types of ‘Bird Pressure’
- Light pressure – easy to bird proof and will allow the use of almost any system.
- Medium pressure – potential problems mean that some bird proofing products will be ineffective so we use our expert knowledge to select and install the ideal bird proofing system.
- Heavy pressure – in less capable hands, there’s a high likelihood of failure unless the correct bird proofing system is properly installed.
As the leading bird control specialist in the UK we have a broad range of bird deterrent services and bird scaring products available.
Bird scaring is often required as part of a larger bird control programme. Often a site will need to be cleared of the pest birds in order for work to commence, gull can be especially aggressive. All birds must be cleared from an area prior to any bird proofing installing and falconry response is an ideal bird scaring method to clear a site of nuisance birds.
Other methods of bird scaring can be installed - dog patrols, automatic audio deterrents, manual audio deterrents, electric deterrents and even bird of prey decoys and kites or even life like bird of prey decoys. Each bird deterrent method has it’s own place and advantages and disadvantages in a bird control programme so its important to appoint a contractor with proven experience and qualified expertise.
The NBC bird control teams have worked with our customers nationwide since 1993 and are the most experienced and qualified in the UK today. Even some of our competitors – Rentokil, Mitie, Ecolab – use us to fulfil their offered services!
We always recommend a comprehensive site survey to understand the problem, identify the appropriate solutions and tailor it to your business and budget.
To talk to the most professional and knowledgeable local bird control teams in the UK on 0800 169 9646.
Many species of bird in the UK are a nuisance creating problems with noise, bird mess, getting in roof spaces and in some cases aggressive behaviour.
As the UK’s leading bird control specialist we have many years of experience with all types of bird control problems. Every problem is different so our technicians will provide a comprehensive survey to understand the issues and ensure the solution is effective.
The common bird problems we deal with are below but if you have a problem with bird you can talk to our expert bird control teams for advice or to arrange a survey.