Why Phoenix Pigeons Are Such A Problem
Actually, the pigeons themselves aren't the big problem. They do populate at an alarming rate, which means a pigeon problem will pretty much always be worse tomorrow than it is today. But actually it's their poop that presents the real issue. There's just so much of it! Nothing poops like a pigeon and all of that poop causes a bunch of potential problems for humans. Such as:
- It causes millions of dollars in structural damages to both commercial and residential properties every year:
- It clogs up the roof drainage system. Whether it's a flat roof, a pitch roof; shingle, tile, rolled or foam roofing; residential, industrial, commercial; 1 story or 20 stories. All roofing systems have a drainage system built in and when the feces clogs it up, the water often ends up going places it wasn't intended to go. We get lots of referrals from roofing companies.
- If the roofing has been clogged up for a while, the water can end up seeping or leaking directly into the structure. This can lead to all sorts of problems such as ruined drywall, electrical shorts, damaged flooring, cabinets, electronics, furniture - the list goes on and on.
- Pigeon poop is extremely acidic so it will damage just about any surface it is allowed to sit on. That includes the roof, the pop out ledges, chimney, A/C or evap units, sky lights, electrical fixtures, roof-mounted solar panels, cool decking, rock features, fencing, sidewalks and drive ways, vehicles, awnings, umbrellas - you name it and pigeon poop can stain and/or ruin it. Pigeon poop removal is a must.
- If birds get into and nest in an A/C or evap unit the feces will eventually build up until it clogs up the air flow and causes the units to not work.
- It presents many possible health hazards to humans and pets:
- If you have a pigeon problem on your home or building you ARE breathing poop - most likely with every single breath. There's just no way around it. Pigeons poop a lot and it accumulates on the roof and in every little nook and cranny on and around the structure. They live and nest on/in it so it gets packed down between the roofing tiles, under the A/C unit and anywhere else they can get to. Over time, as it's exposed to the heat and rain, etc, the feces dries out and turns in to a powder or dust that moves around in the air very easily. Every time the wind blows or you open/close a door or window, this dust moves into your air and you breath it. It also gets in your eyes and ears, lands on your food, is ground into the carpeting and furniture - you get the idea. It's a constant supply that never ends and won't until you do something about the bird problem that is causing it.
- So, other than being just plain gross, why is breathing bird feces a bad thing? Well, because pigeon feces carries and distributes around sixty known diseases and forty known parasites, that's why. Here are a few examples of what you and your family may be exposed to:
- Avian Tuberculosis, E. Coli, Listeriosis, Bird Flu, St Louis Encephalitis, Samonellosis, Candidiasis, Histoplasmosis, New Castle Disease, and many more.
- Having pigeon poop everywhere is embarrassing and lowers your property values. It doesn't seem to matter too much how many times you go out and clean off the front porch - there's always more poop. Having guests walk in it to get to the door is not only embarrassing but then it gets tracked into the house. There's just nothing good about any of it. Plus, think about this: You're looking to buy a new home. If you were looking at two identical homes but one had a pigeon problem while the other doesn't - everything else being equal - which one would you buy? You could take that thought a bit further and compare entire neighborhoods. A home - and a neighborhood - that is pigeon-free is definitely more appealing than one with bird poo all over the place. It absolutely will effect property values.
- Cleaning and removing the poop is a part of every job we do because you don't need it and we don't want to work in it. But it's more than that. It's actually a part of how to get rid of pigeons. These pigeons that we're chasing are a feral population, meaning they are descendants of the domesticated birds that we trained and kept for centuries to be homing pigeons. So they are extremely committed to their home and will always come back to it for life. They also want to stay close to where they were born. Since pigeon nests are built out of a handful of twigs (or what ever they could get a hold of) and a lot of poop, that's what they consider to be home. So, pigeons are attracted back to the scent of their mother's and their own feces for life. As far as pigeon control is concerned, cleaning and removing the feces and sanitizing the surface is an important part of getting rid of pigeons on a customer's roof.
If you're considering getting some professional help with your bird problem, make sure that the cleaning and feces removal is included with any quote you may be considering. If it's not, then consider it a sign that whoever you're talking to is either lazy or uninformed. Just call someone else. It's that simple. https://mollybutlerlodge.com/bedbugsstuff-com/
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