Pigeon guano cleaning and sanitising in Reading
A flock of feral pigeon’s makes a lot of noise and a great deal of mess and once all the bird deterrents are installed and the pigeons have finally left the building, you could be forgiven for thinking that the job of pigeon control is all done. However, you will still be left with the mess and debris from the infestation, this will be in the form of a thick mat of bird droppings, old nest material, empty eggshells along with the occasional bird carcass. This material is a significant health hazard and as a property owner you need to find someone who can get rid of this and sanitise the area.
This is where Reading Pest Control can help.
Not only do we provide the bird deterrents to get you pigeon free, but we can also assist in helping to clear away all of this hazardous waste material and sanitise the area, returning your building back to you, in a fit state that is now ready for occupation.
Guano clearance in Reading and throughout Berkshire
An adult pigeon deposits around a kilogram of guano over the course of a month, with this amount of feaces being produced even a small flock of pigeons will leave behind a huge weight of droppings and this compresses to form a dense mat of toxic organic matter. When the guano deposits are fresh and moist they will contain a multitude of insect life from intestinal worms to carrion beetles and moth larvae, and this matter gives off a truly unpleasant smell.
As the waste material ages and dries out, other issues can arise from fungal spores and anyone raising a lot of dust when working or walking through the matter can unknowingly create a potential toxic environment by releasing these spores and dust.
Domestic guano removal
Commercial guano removal
Guano and waste clearance
It is important for everyone’s safety that we deal with the guano removal professionally in whatever state it’s in, wet or dry, and we take into account the health and safety of all personnel; our own technicians carrying out the actual work and those individuals who may work or live on the site.
Hazards from pigeon guano and why it should be cleared up
This is caused by a fungus that lives in fresh guano, as the mass of bird poo dries out the fungus gives off spores that are released into the atmosphere giving rise to a serious lung condition called Histoplasmosis. Symptoms include a fever, cough and the feeling of fatigue whilst some people can develop a severe reaction.
Yet another type of fungus is responsible for candidiasis; its from a yeast that lives in the fresh droppings and it can affect the skin leaving a nasty rash, it can also affect the respiratory tract and the intestines. This type of yeast is common in all animals and birds and goes by the common name thrush.
A well known bacteria that we associate with poor hygiene and a lack of food safety, contracting salmonella is nasty and is a serious threat to health which can prove fatal for those with lowered immunity. Have a flock of pigeons on your property presents a major risk to health which should be avoided at all costs.
This illness is caused by a yeast organism that comes directly from the pigeons intestines which is a potentially dangerous organism, known as Crypto for short, the transmission of these fungus spores is through the air and can lead to brain infections, causing meningitis which is a potentially fatal condition.
A well known source of food poisoning and commonly found lying in the soil, E.Coli is picked up from pigeon droppings and causes vomiting and nausea, for 5 to 10% of cases there is a more extreme consequence and that is kidney failure. Again, the problems associated with a flock of pigeons should never be underestimated.
Safe and effective guano clearance
Here at Reading Pest Control we are licensed waste carriers through the Environment Agency, all the pigeon guano is treated with powerful biocide prior to handling to kill off the harmful bacteria and viruses. After removal we can double bag this material and remove to a waste transfer site, the removal of treated guano is subject to guidance taken from the Environment Agency and it has the classification code 20.01.99. Pigeon guano is listed by the EA as ‘offensive waste’ that is non-infectious but is unpleasant to anyone who comes into contact with it. To us, pigeon guano is just another day at work.
Professional pigeon control in Reading
If you need the services of a professional company to deliver pigeon and bird proofing along with guano clearance either in Reading or anywhere in Berkshire and right across the south east of England, we offer free site surveys and no obligation quotes to all our customers.
We work to the highest standards in both service delivery and safety to ensure that the job is done well and done correctly.
Our technicians are all full time professional pest controllers and trained in aspects of health and safety such as IPAF qualifications to use hydraulic access equipment for working at heights.