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.
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.
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.