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Pest birds

Birds are graceful creatures and essential to our eco-system, but when they enter human living and working spaces, they can become pests. Commercial properties, in particular, are vulnerable to the problems associated with pest birds, their nests and their droppings.

Facts and Figures

  • An apprentice elevator mechanic obtained a $2.7 million settlement from a property owner after bird droppings caused him to slip and fall down an elevator shaft.
  • Bird droppings contain uric acid, which, at a pH of 3 to 4.5, can eat through most building materials.
  • Like many other animals, birds are drawn to the scent of their own waste. Thoroughly cleaning and deodorizing surfaces eliminates this scent trail and discourages pest birds from following the scent back to their old roosts.
  • Pest birds cause tens of millions of dollars of damage every year to machinery, automobiles, roofs and ventilation systems.

(read full article on InterNACHI)