If you think that pigeons are harmless little creatures, think again. Pigeons are quite harmful, not only to you but to your property as well. If you allow them to roost in your property, then you’ll be putting a lot at risk.
Pigeon droppings contain fungus that has been proven to be very detrimental to humans, especially those who have weak and compromised immune systems. Two diseases that the fungi cause are histoplasmosis as well as cryptococcosis, and these can easily be transmitted when you’re cleaning up the pigeon droppings. What happens is that you inhale the fungus, and when it enters the body, infection occurs. Another heath problem caused by pigeon droppings is psittacosis, which comes from bacteria in pigeon feces.
Signs and symptoms of these diseases include fever and fatigue as well as chills and headache. Chest pain as well as respiratory symptoms may also be present. These diseases can be cured by antibiotics, but for someone with immune system problems, these can be very deadly.
Pigeon droppings also contain uric acid, which can do significant damage to properties. For one, the uric acid in pigeon droppings ruin the finish on structures, be it roofs, vehicles, monument, statues, among others. Two, it can also hasten up the deterioration process of the structures it has damaged. After all, applying finish to structures helps prevent mold and mildew growth, and it also helps in slowing down the process of decay and deterioration. If the finish is ruined, then mold and mildew as well as pests can easily do their damage to the structures.
Pigeons can also cause you to lose profits and revenues. Look at it this way; if pigeons entered your warehouse through a hole in the roof and if they defecate on the goods and products stored in your warehouse, do you think you customers will still want to purchase them?
First of all, you don’t want to sell contaminated goods. Doing so will put you into a lot of legal troubles. After all, customers can sue you for selling contaminated goods and products. Second, your customers would not want to buy contaminated goods either. They wouldn’t want to put their health at risk.
Contaminated goods are going to be profit lost, so your pigeon problem is going to be a costly disaster. This is something you most definitely don’t want to happen to your business.
Pigeon droppings all over your property is not only very messy but unsightly as well. If you’re thinking of renting or selling your property, then you’ll have a hard time looking for a potential tenant or buyer. After all, they won’t want the presence of pigeons when they move in, nor would they want to deal with removing pigeon droppings once in a while.
These are just some of the reasons why you need to get rid of pigeons in your property. They not only put your health at risk, but they can also do much damage to your property and deprive you profit. For this reason, you need to call your local pest control company and ask them to help you with your pigeon problems.
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Jennifer Dallman is a content provider for several blogs and sites related to pest control, one of which is a Houston pest control provider. Jennifer mostly writes about humane, organic, and safe way of getting rid of common pests.