Why preventative measures for pigeons go beyond cleaning

The terrible news of two patients dying after contracting a fungal infection attributable to pigeon droppings (Jan 19 MailOnline) illustrates the need for a robust and detailed pest prevention strategy.  The appointed pest control contractor has to work closely with onsite maintenance teams and, the full extent of the damage pigeons can cause through their droppings has to be fully understood by all, according to Dyno-Pest MD, Ralph Izod.

“Although these patients tragically lost their lives at a hospital in Glasgow we can’t ignore the fact this could happen at hospitals, care homes and clinics throughout the UK,” said Ralph. “ Take London for example, quite possibly the pigeon capital of Europe; our technicians have been called to survey hospitals with a ‘pigeon problem’ where droppings have been found in plentiful supply in the areas directly below where these birds roost and perch. Pigeons typically roost and perch on window ledges, roof tops, heating and air conditioning units and so their fouling is on all the areas below. That’s the window ledges and the walkways; on outdoor furniture; in zoned areas for relaxation, eating and respite. Walkways can become a slip hazard as well, especially when wet. Whilst cleaning all these areas on an ongoing basis is vital, so is installing preventative measures such as special pigeon netting and ledge spikes. These will reduce fouling significantly by displacing the birds from their favourite spots. What we often find when we are asked to survey a building with a pigeon problem is that the onsite maintenance teams are not able to clean all the affected areas for healthy and safety reasons. Our technicians will undertake this ongoing task as part of an agreed contract of works.”

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