Are Pigeon Droppings a Health Risk?

Dec 7, 2022

Don’t get us wrong, we love pigeons and believe they play an important role, but unfortunately, they are carrier of serious diseases that we need to make the public aware of.

Pigeons are one of the common bird species that come into direct conflict with humans when they nest in or around our homes or businesses. These birds can cause real problems, including excessive nuisance and public health concerns.

Research has shown that feral pigeons may harbor the Chlamydia psittaci infection. The term “ornithoses” refers to a human infection, and symptoms might include chills, fever, sweating, extreme fatigue, headaches, impaired vision, pneumonia, and even death.

Pigeon droppings can become airborne in microscopic particles when they are dry, which can cause respiratory problems.

Bird droppings, especially those found under nesting birds, can be extremely slippery and provide a major concern on pavements. Additionally, they give the impression that a business is dirty and in need of repair.

Pigeons require a secure food source and a place to nest or roost, like a balcony, window ledge, or roof area.

The simplest approach to stop pigeons from becoming a problem is to remove bird food supplies or block off areas where they perch or roost. The amount of food present will determine how many pigeons are drawn to an area. Food sources must be maintained to a minimal because if pigeons are being fed, more will be drawn to the area. Bin covers and lids should be closed on compost bins.

Article source: British Pest Control Association (BPCA).

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