Damage and Disease
New York and New Jersey Bird Damage
Birds are capable of damage
Birds are typically viewed affectionately by the general public, but the public does not understand the serious property and health risks associated with pest birds’ presence. Bird droppings, nesting materials, and parasites often lead to damage and disease.
Pest birds like pigeons, starlings, and sparrows are responsible for millions of dollars of damage each year from what they leave behind. Birds roost on ledges, signs, cornices, rooftops, and other man-made structures, resulting in damaged equipment, clogged vents, and reduced property value.
The uric acid in bird feces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage, including eating through paint, roofing materials, and even some metal surfaces. For example, experts say bird droppings may have contributed to the collapse of the interstate bridge over the Mississippi River that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 1, 2007.
Other economic costs associated with pest birds are liability issues due to slips and falls. By having Bird Doctor Nationwide install a bird deterrent system, your company will cut costs on maintenance repairs. Similarly, a bird deterrent will provide a clean building facade and help make your structure a healthy place for employees, customers, and guests.
In addition to the physical damage caused by birds; the bacteria, virus and fungal agents, and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings often represent a substantial health threat.
Bird droppings can expose humans to many dangerous diseases as over forty known viruses and sixty transmittable diseases are directly associated with birds and their droppings, including salmonella, histoplasmosis, meningitis, encephalitis, and West Nile virus. It is estimated that histoplasmosis alone infects over 90% of all pigeons in an average flock. .