Last week I blogged about my day out with Declan Gibbons, a Rentokil bird consultant and surveyor, Roger Maskell. We visited lots of different places including banks, bus shelters and supermarkets to observe the ways in which birds have been deterred from making someone else’s property their home.
Throughout the day I began to see bird control in a whole new light. I learned lots of new things about pigeons, their droppings and the problems they cause to business owners. Next time you walk through town take a look at the second floor and above. Can you spot windows covered with bird wire? Is the roof decorated with bird spikes? These are all measures designed to make roofs, windows, ledges and other roosting areas as unattractive to birds as possible. If you are wondered why some buildings look like a Fort Knox for birds here are some very good reasons why:
Why Businesses Use Bird Control
- Bird droppings deface and accelerate the deterioration of buildings and statues.
- Limestone buildings are particularly susceptible to the acid secretions produced by the fungi that grows on bird droppings.
- The cost of restoring the appearance of buildings and monuments in large cities is enormous. A high proportion of that cost can be attributed to droppings from roosting birds.
- Nest and droppings block gutters and down spouts. The resulting overflowing water leads to timber decay, broken rendering, ruined decorations and even structural damage.
- Droppings render pavements and fire escapes hazardous, foul window sills, awnings and cars, and may fall on pedestrians.
- The noise made by pigeons and the constant chatter of starlings may annoy customers in hotels, offices and hospitals.
- Pigeons’ nests and droppings produce objectionable odours.
- In the manufacturing industries the droppings of sparrows mar finished products and packages in loading bays and warehouses. they tarnish highly finished metal surfaces in precision engineering and aircraft industries and damage cars in garages and showrooms.
- Sparrows often attack the polystyrene boards used for insulation.
- Pigeons in grain handling establishments consume large quantities of food.
- Pigeon droppings, regurgitated pellets (produced by gulls), feathers and nesting material contaminate food both in production and awaiting dispatch.