Feral birds can be a major liability for businesses. Feral birds become pests simply by being a nuisance in a particular area at a particular time. When they congregate in large number their noise, droppings, feathers and simply their presence can be offensive.
Feral birds are a problem because of the following issues associated with their presence:
- Bird droppings are corrosive to metal surfaces
- Droppings carry and spread disease and as such are a health hazard
- Contamination of stock
- Droppings deface building facades
- Create slippery surfaces- e.g. ladders, floors, sidewalks
- Can block gutters and drains
- Contaminate food stuffs
- Bird nestings spread mite and lice that will affect staff
Many disease organisms are carried by feral birds such as Pigeons, Starlings, Indian Mynahs and Sparrows. The list of diseases is extensive and includes Histoplasmosis, Cryptocaccosis, Toxoplasmosis, Encephalitis and Salmonellosis. These diseases can affect staff or visitors to a facility if bird numbers are left to grow out of control.
An effective feral bird control program is essential to protect you company's reputation and to prevent stock from being ruined due to damage and contamination. Regular management is required if you have a site that is susceptible to bird attack.