July 2015 - Scottish Pest Control
Damages Caused by Pigeons & How To Prevent Them

Damages Caused by Pigeons & How To Prevent Them

Ever wondered why pigeons love living in the city? The reasons are obvious; plenty of food and water is at their disposal, the predators are rare and often times non-existent and there is a lot of free housing available for them in the form of window ledges, bridges, rooftops, warehouses and so on. The housing options in the city are the perfect substitutes for the natural ledges found in cliff sides that they have always used as their natural nesting, roosting and sheltering sites. As much as city living might be perfect for the pigeons, they are also responsible for millions of pounds in costs of repairing damage that occurs every year on buildings, roofs, machinery, vehicles, ventilation systems and a lot more. The pigeon droppings and nesting materials accumulate and end up causing serious damage when nothing is done. Damages Caused By Pigeons Some of the most common damages caused by pigeons are as follows:- Damage To The Roofs Pigeon droppings as with most bird droppings naturally have high acid content. They effectively wear most roofing materials in buildings when left to accumulate, resulting to leaks. A roof’s life expectancy actually becomes shorter by a half when the pigeons keep depositing their droppings on it. There have been cases where roofs have collapsed as a result of droppings accumulation. Also, with most pigeons building their nests in rain gutters, roof corners or drains, blockage occurs causing accumulation of standing water; this has also been known to cause roof collapse. Damage To Machinery The acidic pigeon droppings have also been known to cause great damage to industrial machinery, air...