Pigeons

 
Health & Safety Issues 

In addition to being unsightly, feral pigeons and their droppings cause material damage to stonework, pointing and painted surfaces and are often carriers of transmittable infections.
  • They act as a fertiliser and promote the growth of fungi and mould which will further damage the building.
  • They introduce decay into structural timbers mainly wooden supporting structures in roofs due to fungal spores in their droppings, this eventually leads to very expensive repair work being carried out.
  • Droppings and nesting materials which block gutters and down-spouts lead to overflows and internal flooding, causing ruined decorations, damp walls and eventually extensive structural damage.
  • Where droppings fall onto floor areas it can cause slippery surfaces particularly in wet weather. Related accidental injuries can lead to claims from the owners of the building.
  • Insect pests of various species can be found in droppings and nesting materials. The insect pests then enter buildings and cause damage and contamination to foodstuffs, textiles and wood.
  • Others such as fleas are parasites and when they invade buildings they bite people which leads to staff and public relations problems.
  • Feral pigeons also carry a variety of diseases, such as salmonella poisoning and other gastric illnesses associated with bacteria.
  • Feral pigeon carries ornithosis a viral infection similar to influenza which is readily transmitted to humans.
  • Members of staff who work in the immediate area can be subject to illnesses and bites.

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