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How to Safely Remove Bird Droppings from Your Property

pigeon guano

If there is something that makes the sweet little animals that fly over our heads a bit messy in nature, is their droppings. Birds’ waste matter is responsible for a number of allergies and diseases, which includes irritation in air passages, bird keeper’s lung, and many other respiratory diseases. What’s more, not only are these droppings responsible for causing diseases but are also erosive in nature, which means that they can easily damage your property if not taken care of at the right time. The droppings dry down like cement, staining the surfaces, making their removal process to be quite difficult. Pigeon guano is acidic in nature and can corrode away plastic, metal, laminate flooring as well as your outdoor furniture, leaving you with super expensive repairs to carry out in your house. So basically, considering all these, it is absolutely necessary and important to follow a proper method when cleaning up the birds' droppings.


Preparing for the Clean-up Process

Tips for Removing Pigeon Droppings Safely and Effectively


Preparing for the Pigeon Guano Clean-up Process

As we have stated above, wherever seagulls or pigeons have been roosting or perching, they tend to leave behind a bit of a mess, which includes nesting materials, feathers, sticks, and the dreaded piles of dropping. It goes without saying that the longer the birds remain, the larger the mess will be. And with the acidity of the poop in the picture and knowing what it could do to your property, you really need to prepare yourself for a deep clean.

For starters, you need to kit yourself out. Wear protective equipment – could be a set of your old clothes – preferably long-sleeved tops, waterproof shoes, long trousers, a pair of gloves. You may also want to have a pair of goggles and a mask, especially if the area you are about to clean is heavily infested.

With regards to the cleaning equipment, it is pretty straight forward. You need brushes, buckets, bin bags, scrapers, plenty of water, and if need be, a shovel. Also, depending on the area you are cleaning, you might need a hose, especially if you are cleaning a large amount of dried droppings. Lastly, you will need a disinfectant for finishing off the area, killing off the bacteria that may be lurking.


Tips for Removing Pigeon Guano Safely and Effectively

  • Ensure that you are well covered to protect yourself from inhaling toxic substances. Also, if you are cleaning a certain indoor room, you need to ensure that the dust doesn’t spread to other rooms or areas.
  • Next up, you need to slowly brush the surfaces with the waste materials to avoid blowing off too much dust.
  • If what you are trying to clean is a tiled or any other stone flooring, then you need to hose up the entire area in full force in order to get it slightly dampish, use an all-purpose cleaner while scrubbing the surface, and then hose it up again. This trick is guaranteed to work on any type of stone or tile flooring.
  • For wood flooring, you just need to scrape off the hard particles of droppings from the surfaces as much as you can. Then dip a scrubber in water and scrub the remaining excreta off the surface. To ensure that the infected surface is sparkling clean, sprinkle a pinch of baking soda and keep scrubbing until the stain is completely eliminated. You can also use toothpaste if you don’t have the soda.
  • If, for some reason, the bird dropping has gotten on your carpet or any other upholstered furniture, then just sprinkle the soda over the blotch and let it remain for at least an hour. After that, wipe the stain with a wet cloth for a minimum of 5 minutes. Gently scrub the stain and again, wipe it using cold water. Do this until the stain is completely gone.
  • If you don’t have the time to do all these or just unable to, there is always the option of hiring a professional to do the cleaning for you. The good thing about this is the fact that these experts know how to clean bird dropping stains from any surface. After all, this type of cleaning falls under biohazard cleaning, and who is better equipped to handle such a task properly than a professional biohazard cleaning company?

    In conclusion, the saying that ‘prevention is better than cure’ fits perfectly in these kinds of tasks, where you are supposed to clean messy and biohazardous waste materials. So, you might probably want to start by preventing pigeons and other birds from entering your house. But if you still can’t entirely prevent them from messing up your property, then you might find the above tips quite helpful.