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Pigeon Droppings Health And Safety Risks

Pigeons are an integral part of London, and indeed, British life and culture. Most people just consider them to be a nuisance because they raid bins. They scavenge for food scraps, whether its bread, or chips thrown to them by tourists or locals. They also poo everywhere, which gives everything an unsightly sticky white look and feel. However, this means more than this just creating a lot of work involved in clearing it up.

There are several pigeon droppings health and safety risks too.

To help keep you more informed, we are going to look at some of these in the following post.

Bird Droppings Can Carry Serious Diseases

No-one would think of poo as particularly sanitary. Especially when it comes from a wild bird. Therefore, the concept that there are pigeon droppings health and safety risks should be easy enough to grasp. However, you may not realise just how dangerous bird droppings are.

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Without wishing to put you off ever leaving the house, it does help to know the risks. Then you can protect yourself against exposure. Bird droppings can carry the following diseases:

  • Psittacosis – this can lead to complications including inflammation of the heart or brain. It can be treated with antibiotics.
  • Histoplasmosis – commonly, this infection is contracted when the spores of a fungus are airborne and breathed in when dry bird droppings are disturbed
  • Extrinsic allergic alveolitis – a lung disease that caused when you are exposed to excessive levels of airborne avian antigens that cause hypersensitivity.
  • Salmonellosis – related to Salmonella, this can cause various symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhoea.
  • Campylobacter – people more commonly contract this infection by drinking and eating produce that contains these bacteria. However, it can infect people who come into close contact with animals (such as pigeons) who are also infected. It can attack the large and small intestines lining.

Insects and Pigeon Droppings Health and Safety

As well as the above diseases, pigeon droppings health and safety risks also include the fact it can attract various unpleasant bugs and insects. Such as:

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  • Common bird mite
  • Cheese mite
  • Blowflies
  • Lesser house fly
  • White shouldered house moth
  • Brown house moth
  • Case-bearing clothes moth
  • Spider Beetles
  • Biscuit Beetle
  • Varied Carpet Beetle

So, rather than seeing pigeon droppings as merely just a messy nuisance, it’s wise to remember the above and protect yourself, your family – or business and employees – from infections and infestations caused by them.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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