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Fire Damage, Parasites, And Bird Droppings


Birds are beautiful creatures. These graceful beings are the last thing that comes to mind when considering pest infestation. But the truth is that birds can be a giant menace to the people and their properties. Birds can cause business owners a significant amount of damage and cost thousands of dollars every year in maintenance and repair costs.

Here, we will highlight some of the problems associated with pest birds and how they affect you.

Potential Fire Hazards

Birds like to build their nests as far away from predators as possible. Some build them on rooftops while others like the chimney swift make nests in the chimneys of houses. Bird nests can lead to fires that can cost a significant amount of damage to you or your possession. Nesting material usually comprises twigs, sticks, grass clippings, animal hair, and straws, all of which are extremely flammable and can easily catch fire. These nests block the airflow from the chimneys, and the mold produced by the pile of bird droppings can ignite a fire causing loss of property and life. Other than chimneys, boilers, electrical wires, and poles are also nesting areas that can lead to fires.

Spread of Bird-Borne Diseases

Bird guanos are not only hideous, but they’re also the breeding grounds for numerous deadly pathogens. According to research, bird droppings may contain more than 60 different pathogens. These pathogens include viruses, bacteria, and parasites, some of which are:

  • Histoplasma – which causes the respiratory disease Histoplasmosis, a fungus growing in the tract and could be fatal.

  • Salmonella – this pathogen causes food poisoning and spreads when a person inhales dried fecal dust.

  • E. coli – causes infection resulting in diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.

  • Cryptococcus – this pathogen causes potentially fatal lung disease and is caused by inhaling the propagule from the environment.

  • Listeria – causes listeriosis, an infection that results in fever, headaches, and convulsions.

  • Birds also harbor fleas, mites, and tics that can be another form of pest infestation. These insects can also be the emissaries of mite-transmitted diseases.

Physical dangers from bird droppings

Bird droppings are acidic in nature. They contain uric acid that can erode almost any building material, including steel, wood, and even bricks. These droppings can damage the roof, the ventilation systems, or the drainage pipes of your house. Bird droppings can also damage the solar panels installed on your roof. The panels might become covered with poop and may become unusable.


Pest birds can be a nuisance. They spread diseases, weaken the buildings' structure, and are the reason for several accidents and hazards. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the need to prevent birds from nesting on your property to avoid misfortunes.

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