Specialist Guano Cleaning
We offer specialist bird services such as bird guano cleaning and removal from residential and commercial properties and from solar panel installations. We also remove nesting gull debris from roofs, post nesting and cleaning to prevent gutter blockage and water ingression to buildings. Bird and Pest Solutions has the experience to neutralise the risks associated with cleaning huge guano infested sites ranging from shipyards, dock areas, disused warehouses, aircraft hangars, warships and other buildings. We also carry out professional guano cleaning for the residential sector to include loft spaces, old houses, barns and courtyards. If you have a guano problem you should consult a qualified expert due to the risk of disease and the need to remove any problem birds or install a bird proofing system to prevent re-infestation.
What are the Risks of Guano?
Pigeon guano carries serious health risks through both dry dust and wet compacted waste which has accumulated over a period of time. Those commonly known to be associated with bird guano are generally inhaled, but there are also pathogenic organisms, parasites and worms present in guano and most can be transmitted to humans.
There are 3 Major Diseases
Psittacosis typically causes influenza-like symptoms and can lead to severe pneumonia and non-respiratory health problems. It is an acute generalised respiratory disease with an incubation period of between one and four weeks.
Histoplasmosis is a disease caused by the fungus Histoplasma Capsulatum. The fungus lives in the environment, usually in association with large amounts of bird or bat droppings. Lung infection can occur after a person inhales airborne, microscopic fungal spores from the environment; however, many people who inhale the spores do not get sick. The symptoms of histoplasmosis are similar to pneumonia, and the infection can sometimes become serious if it is not treated.
Cryptococcosis is a fungal disease caused by Cryptococcus neoformans or Cryptococcus gattii. Most people do not get sick with Cryptococcosis, but some people are more likely than others to get this disease. For these people, Cryptococcosis can cause serious symptoms of lung, brain and spinal cord disease, such as headaches, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and night sweats.
Can Animals Transmit Cryptococcosis to me?
Not directly. Cryptococcus neoformans is found in the droppings of wild birds (such as pigeons). When dried bird droppings are stirred up, this can make dust containing Cryptococcus neoformans go into the air. People can stir up this dust and then breathe it in when they work, play, or walk in areas where birds have been. Pets, such as dogs and cats, can also get sick with Cryptococcosis from this dust, but people do not get Cryptococcosis from dogs and cats.
In substantial quantities bird guano’s acidic matter can also cause damage to the fabric of buildings which in turn, leads to higher cleaning and repair bills. Large quantities of guano can also be infested with blood-feeding insects.
Health & Safety
Whilst it’s safe to clean up the odd bird dropping, handling guano by quantity should be done with care – Measures should be taken at all times to protect staff, contractors and public health if working near to or on a guano infested site. There are many health and safety regulations and waste disposal considerations that need to be followed when working with or near bird guano. Anyone doing so should observe the regulations below or consult an experienced professional.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work
Regulations 1992, Regulation 3
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work
Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/2932)
The Control of Substances Hazardous
to Health Regulations 1994
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