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A Practical Guide on Cleaning Pigeon Droppings

Pigeons are most destructive because of their guano or their excretion. It is almost certain that after an entire night's roosting, these birds will leave a pile of their droppings which can cause substantive soiling of the exteriors of the building. Their daytime perching behaviour also damages the buildings in the same way; as they way for food (i.e. from garbage or from the people feeding them), pigeons are inclined to simply stay in one place and at the same time leave their droppings in that same place. Overall, the amount of guano that pigeons leave while they are habituating a specific building would be sufficient to damage the building and at the same time threaten the health of the people who happen to interact with their droppings.

Because these birds have grown excessively dependent on the food commonly available in urban areas, they have also developed the habit of continuously moving around in search for places where food can be available. This mobility also spreads their guano is an eight to ten hour flight radius. But that is not really the main problem, the real threat with pigeons habituation is that they have the tendencies to stay in an area (without moving) for as long as 16 hours! Imagine the amount of guano that hundreds of pigeons can leave in an area after staying for that long.

Types of External Soiling

The damage that their droppings can do also varies depending on how these droppings are left in the first place. For example, if the droppings are due to daytime perching, the damage would seem random and irregular. That is, a larger area of the building will show visible damages. One can be sure that the soiling is caused by overnight roosting when the damage is concentrated in a specific area. That is, all the other areas surrounding the soiled area do not exhibit signs of soiling. These two types of external soiling also depends different approaches in cleaning.

It should be noted that cleaning droppings piled due to an overnight roosting or breeding is easier to do than that cause daytime perching. The reason is obvious, overnight roosting droppings are found in a specific area alone and these can be collected easily. On the other hand, since daytime perching can damage larger areas, cleaners would have to spend more time cleaning out these areas.

Although it is really troublesome to have such soils caused by pigeons, the soils are also very good indications of where the anti-perching products should be placed. This means that the pigeons will not be able to give you any worries anymore because they have given out themselves which area in your building they like to perch the most, thus you will know which area needs anti-perching products. You don't have to worry about pigeons just finding a new site in your building (one with no anti-perching products) because pigeons are most inclined to stay on one breeding or roosting area alone. If their roosting area in your building is no longer available, they will find a new building instead of finding a new area in your building.

Special Considerations

Despite being pests, you still need to apply special considerations to pigeons most especially if you find a nest in the area where pigeon chicks are present. These birds are still very weak to make it on their own and there are laws that protect such helpless birds. If ever you find such chicks (also called pigeon squabs) while you are cleaning, you might want to set aside these birds first (maybe place then is a container and keep them safe for a while as you do your cleaning). Then, it is wise if you call the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or DEFRA office to report about the squabs. After informing their office, you will either be advised to take the squabs or the eggs to them or to a wildlife rehabilitator. From there, these professionals will handle the birds and you will be free of the responsibility.

Cleaning Operandi

Remember that guano is a good habitat for bacteria and viruses. If you are not careful enough, you might only catch diseases and illnesses because of your interaction with the guano while you are cleaning them out. To protect yourself, you need to wear proper clothing and use the right equipment. You also need to follow safety procedures in order to be sure that nothing unexpected will happen. You don't have to make the task difficult for you too since you can easily buy cleaning products which are very effective in flushing out guano without you needing to scrub them off. The cleaning solutions which are most often used are the ornithological disinfectant solution and the organisms cleaning agent. These two products are specially designed to kill the bacteria and the microbes that might compromise your health while you are cleaning. These products also make the guano easier to clean out.

However, for small quantities of wet droppings, a hot soapy water solution would be enough to clean out the guano. When pigeon guano is wet, it becomes less threatening to human health and so there is no need for you to buy disinfecting agents to be extra sure. The soapy water solution can be used to splash out the guano from the surface before scrubbing.

Well-dried guanos have to be treated differently. Like what has been said earlier, guano becomes very conducive for bacteria habitation if it is dry. Thus, for such cases, it is important that you use the right equipment rather than simply cleaning with your hands. For example, use a paint scraper (of course wear gloves) to remove well-dried guano that stick on the windowsills and the other architectural features of your house or building. If the guano is too difficult to scrap off, you may spray the guano with enough water to make it softer. After removing these dried guanos, simply wash the area with hot soapy water.
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