Recently, we responded to an insurance claim involving a property where the living room ceiling had collapsed. Unbeknownst to the occupant, a flock of birds had taken up residence in the space between the ceiling and roof. These birds entered through a gutter and found their way into the ceiling space.

Property Damage
Over a reasonably short period of time, a significant amount of bird waste can accumulate. Sometimes, there is so much waste that it becomes too heavy for the ceiling, causing it to collapse.

Another concern is the acidic nature of the bird poop. The acid can cause the surfaces it sits on to corrode and rot, think roofs and gutters.

Fowl Play: The Hidden Dangers of Bird Poop

Dangers of Bird Droppings
Birds eliminate waste up to 18 times a day, so if you have a flock of 100 pigeons, that’s 1,800 poops per day! As a result, bird droppings can accumulate very rapidly.

Bird poop contains carcinogens, substances known to cause cancer in living tissues. Another significant concern is the potential transmission of diseases and pathogens.

When bird droppings dry, they turn into dust, and the airborne particles can lead to respiratory problems, especially for individuals with pre-existing conditions like asthma.

Fowl Play: The Hidden Dangers of Bird Poop

Environmental Impact
Accumulated bird waste can attract other pests, such as insects and rodents.
Moreover, in large quantities, bird waste can harm the environment by contaminating water sources and affecting vegetation.

Clean-Up
Handling bird waste carefully and taking precautions to prevent direct contact and inhalation of dust particles is crucial. If you suspect a bird infestation or extensive droppings around your property, it’s advisable to seek professional assistance.

Fowl Play: The Hidden Dangers of Bird Poop

Contact the experts

To be sure your bird waste clean is handled professionally, contact IPS for safe and proper cleaning and removal of bird waste from your property.