Everyone, and especially those with a balcony, have had to deal with it somewhere during their life: pigeon droppings. With the increase of the fear for diseases and viruses that can be transmitted through animals, it is good to know how dangerous pigeon droppings can actually be. Are pigeon droppings dangerous for humans? And how can you remove pigeon droppings in a safe manner?
Professional removal, cleanup and disinfection of bird droppings.
The danger of bird droppings
We are not going to sugarcoat things, bird droppings are full of dangerous substances. Bird droppings are filled with fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Histoplasmosis, one of the most common fungi in pigeon droppings, is a fungus that can cause a variety of diseases ranging from light flue type symptoms to pneumonia, blood system disorders, and even death. Cryptococcus is also present in pigeon droppings, and specifically focuses its attack on the immune system. Other pathogens are chlamydia, salmonella, parrot fever, and even the West Nile virus and bird flu.
Furthermore bird droppings are filled with all sorts of parasites, such as fowl mites, chicken mites, pigeon nest bugs, biting lice, pigeon flies, and carpet beetles with each having its own set of hazards. It’s also true that older bird droppings can be more dangerous than fresh one. Many of the pathogens present in bird droppings spread through the air. When pigeon droppings dry up, it becomes powdery, disturbing them (by for instance trying to remove the droppings) can kick up noxious clouds of fecal dust, full of fungal spores, bacteria, and other pathogens.
Bigger is not always better
What is the likelihood that you will become sick from pigeon droppings? Like with all other forms of biohazards – and especially animal waste – it all depends on the scale of the soiling. You will probably not call the Frisse Kater for the droppings left behind once by a single pigeon. However, the bigger the load of pigeon droppings, the higher the rate of pathogens and parasites and thus the higher the chance of getting sick. More pigeon droppings also means larger clouds of fecal dust, making the air in these areas incredibly hazardous. And more waste also means more staining and more odor.
Heavy or light pigeon dropping soiling: We clean it all in a safe manner!
Professional pigeon droppings removal
The removal of large quantities of pigeon droppings is not a task which should be underestimated. When we accept these types of jobs our cleaning technicians are covered in full-body protective equipment, latex gloves, and filtered respirators which filter out at least 95% of the airborne particles.
Naturally we do not start the cleanup like a madman by randomly picking up pigeon droppings or blasting everything with a high pressure washer. A high pressure washer should by the way never be used for these types of jobs due to the large amounts of fecal dust clouds created by the pressure washer. For the cleanup we use a special method that (a) kills all dangerous pathogens and (b) gives them no chance to become airborne.
The first step is always the ”bulk cleanup” during which we remove as much of the pigeon droppings by hand as humanely possible. When the bulk cleanup is finished we start scrubbing everything thoroughly to make everything look nice and clean again. It is only after the cleanup that we can determine how severely the space has been damaged by the pigeon droppings. Luckily the damage is usually very minimal because pigeon droppings are not wet or sour (unlike some human or animal feces). If necessary we can always opt to seal off certain parts of the space for a better visual result, or against the smell if needed. When the cleanup is done and there is still an unpleasant odor present (which is extremely rare) we can always treat the area with an odor-removing chemical. After that, the area should look fresh and clean, like nothing happened to begin with.
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