Beware 'flying rats'
23 January 2013
Pest controllers across the UK are gearing up for more calls to deal with the bird they call the 'flying rat'. Paul Bates, MD of Cleankill (Environmental Services), says: "Pigeons are the most unhygienic and messy bir
Paul Bates, MD of Cleankill (Environmental Services), says: "Pigeons are the most unhygienic and messy birds and actually carry more diseases than rats. They nest on their poo and attract mites." Most of a pest controller's work against pigeons tends to be proofing of buildings and light wells, using a variety of techniques including installing nets, sprung wire systems and bird spike repellents.
Bates says that wet pigeon poo is not too much of a danger apart from being slippery and acidic. However, when dry, the airborne bacteria can become a problem and may affect those with breathing difficulties.
Cleankill offers a bird control service - from the initial survey through to the final proofing solution. A registered waste carrier, it can remove fouling and contaminated goods from properties.