Birds are responsible for millions of dollars worth of damage to buildings, automobiles, machinery, paint finishes and signs every year. Flooding and roof damage can result from backed up gutters and drains caused by debris build up from flocks of problem pigeons. Nesting materials and other debris have caused failures in machinery, especially rooftop air conditioning units which are a prime nesting spot for pigeons. Not only is the equipment being damaged, but workers are exposed to dangerous health risks any time they work on or around the machinery. Other frequent pigeon problems include slip and fall liability from feces or debris, plus an unclean, dirty company image.
Many companies retain significant cleanup costs due to the bird problems they don't resolve. Though it is important to control bird and pigeon nesting, it is equally important to do it in a safe, humane, animal friendly way. Birds and pigeons create problems in the following four main areas.
Aesthetics are a concern for building occupants and home owners, as well as those viewing the property from the outside. Nobody wants to view unsightly white streaks from bird droppings. The appearance of a building is directly related to its property value and ability to lease space. Besides the general bad impression bird droppings create, their presence is a reflection on the company and property.
Bird droppings cause significant damage to building materials. The uric acid in bird feces eats through paint on surfaces and metal pipes. Workers who work on equipment that has been exposed to the hazardous waste are endangered. There is significant risk associated with bird droppings piling up on building rooftops, gutters and air conditioners. Bird debris can clog up drains causing the roof to hold water weight it was not designed to. If not properly drained, water on rooftops can leak into buildings. Birds flying around inside of warehouses, airplane hangars, factories and other structures can wreak havoc. Bird droppings can ruin plastics, chemicals and liquids which are being manufactured.
Birds congregating outside a window deter people from opening their windows. Piles of droppings carry a malodorous smell. Pest birds harbor fleas, ticks, mites, and parasitic organisms which migrate into buildings and bite people.
Bird droppings are unhealthy - even potentially fatal. At least sixty transmissible diseases have been associated with birds and exposure to their excrement. Birds can be host to a number of mites, ticks, and other ectoparasites that can attack people. Urban pest birds promote the transmission of disease, infections and illnesses. Contaminated dust is often brought into a building through air handling systems. Buildings infested with pest birds place the buildings occupants, customers, and workers at risk. Droppings, feathers, and debris from birds roosting overhead can contaminate food that is being packaged, stored or sold. Transference of contaminates can start at any warehouse and spread anywhere which is why it is so important to keep all buildings bird free.