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Problems Birds Cause Commercial Property

One common pest control issue that people do not often consider, is that of of birds. These animals are not nearly as invasive as cockroaches, rodents or bed bugs, so the problems they cause  for businesses are sometimes overlooked. That being said, they are capable of causing considerable damage and are a nuisance. For example, the biggest problems birds cause relate to structural damage to your commercial building. There are many ways this can happen, as you will now see.

Nests and Faeces  – what harm can they do?

The biggest problems birds cause happens when they are building their nests. Birds may destroy parts of your roof when seeking materials for their nests. The debris from these nests may also block gutters and drains. This can cause them to overflow, and result in water damage to your roof. They can even build nests in gutters!

Birds also constantly shed their feathers. These feathers can also block drains, gutters and air vents. When this happens, it may cause significant damage.

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Other problems birds cause are related to leaving their droppings everywhere. The issue with this is that bird droppings are known to be acidic. This means that a large accumulation of faeces can actually eat away at materials like asphalt shingles that are on some roofs of commercial buildings. Also, birds tend to defecate over the edge of the building. When this happens, their droppings can accumulate on the ground where your customers are. This is extremely unsightly. It also poses a slip and fall health and safety risk.

What health risks can birds bring with them?

Other problems birds cause include the fact that they bring parasitic insects with them. Birds are known to carry a great many parasites. These include things such as fleas, lice and ticks. When birds nest on your roof, these are often left behind. These insecte can crawl or jump down into the building and begin to multiply inside.

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Birds can also spread diseases such as salmonellosis. This is usually spread through their droppings. The spread of disease is something you should pay particular attention to if your commercial establishment involves food.

Food related businesses may also attract birds who become a major nuisance by pestering employees or customers. Anyone who has eaten outdoors in the capital will know how annoying London pigeons can be! These birds will harass customers for food. Certain birds will also eat waste out of commercial bins and create an unhygienic environment.

If you’re dealing with these issues, then Diamond can help. There are a wide variety of anti-bird measures we can implement. This includes things like spikes, netting, physical removal, and other pigeon deterrent devices. Contact us now for fast, efficient bird control.


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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