How To Remove Pigeon Droppings

Tuesday 6th February 2024

Ellen Warren

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Pigeons on a rooftop surrounded by droppings


The presence of pigeon droppings in residential areas is a common issue faced by homeowners, landlords, and tenants alike. Not only are these deposits unsightly, but they also pose significant health risks due to the pathogens they contain.

At ICE Cleaning, we offer pigeon dropping removal services. We utilise state-of-the-art technology and environmentally friendly solutions to clean and disinfect any surfaces affected by bird guano, preventing the spread of disease or infection.

Read on for some practical insights into safe and efficient ways of dealing with pigeon dropping.

Identifying pigeon droppings and associated risks

Pigeon droppings, commonly known as guano, are common in urban environments. Their distinctive characteristics include a creamy white or greyish colour with dark spots, often found in clusters on ledges, rooftops and other areas frequented by pigeons.

While pigeon droppings may seem harmless, they can pose significant health risks if not properly managed. The primary concern is the potential for disease transmission. 

Pigeon droppings can carry pathogens, such as Cryptococcus neoformans, Histoplasma capsulatum, and Psittacosis. These diseases can cause respiratory issues when humans inhale airborne particles from dried-out faeces.

In addition to health concerns, pigeon droppings have corrosive properties that can lead to structural damage over time. The acidic nature of these deposits can erode metal surfaces, leading to costly repairs or replacements if left unchecked.

How cleaning pigeon droppings can be dangerous

Cleaning pigeon droppings without proper training or protective equipment exposes individuals to these disease-causing organisms. Incorrect cleaning methods may cause the bacteria and fungi in the faeces to be airborne, making them easier to inhale and increasing infection risk.

In scenarios where the amount of pigeon droppings is extensive or hard-to-reach places like rooftops or ledges are involved, hiring a professional cleaning service becomes crucial. 

Professionals possess specialised equipment and knowledge, allowing them to efficiently eradicate these droppings without causing further harm to your property.

Additionally, if individuals with weakened immune systems reside within the affected premises, it is advisable to hire professionals due to potential health hazards associated with exposure to bird faeces.

Guano removal services wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators that filter out airborne particles, effectively protecting them from potential infections during clean-up operations. 

They also employ industry-approved disinfectants, ensuring thorough cleaning of any residual pathogens left behind after physical removal of the droppings.

Preventative measures to deter future pigeon roosting

Pigeons, while seemingly harmless creatures, can pose significant hygiene risks due to their droppings. To maintain a clean and safe environment, remove pigeon droppings effectively and implement preventative measures that deter future roosting.

Installing anti-roosting devices

One method of deterring pigeons from settling on your property involves anti-roosting devices. These include bird spikes, bird nets or electronic tracks, which make surfaces uncomfortable for birds to land on without causing them harm.

Maintaining clean surroundings

Pigeons are drawn to food sources and cluttered environments where they can nest comfortably. By cleaning your property, you reduce the likelihood of attracting these birds. Regular cleaning and waste disposal should be an integral part of this strategy.

Leveraging natural repellents

Natural repellents include certain plants like lavender or peppermint. These discourage pigeons from nesting in particular areas because they dislike the smell. You could consider including these into your garden design or balcony spaces.

Using ultrasonic devices

Ultrasonic devices emit high-frequency sounds that are unpleasant for birds but typically undetectable by humans, making them an effective deterrent against unwanted avian visitors.

These strategies will help create an environment less attractive to pigeons, reducing instances of defecation on your premises; however, professional intervention may be necessary.

Companies like ICE Cleaning offer bird dropping removal services that can assist in both the clean-up of existing droppings and advice on effective preventative measures.

Frequently asked questions

What do pigeon droppings look like?

Pigeon droppings are white and brown in colour, appearing hardened and firm against the surface.

Can pigeon poop be used for fertiliser?

Yes, but you must not collect wild pigeon droppings. You should only compost droppings from healthy or captive pigeons.

Is it safe to clean up pigeon droppings?

Cleaning pigeon poop can be risky due to potential disease transmission. Always hire a specialist cleaner to do this.

Are pigeon droppings a health hazard?

In the UK, pigeon guano carries diseases like psittacosis. We advise leaving cleaning to professionals to avoid the risk of disease.

Get in touch

Our pigeon guano cleaning services ensure complete removal and decontamination of an area affected by pigeon droppings. We utilise industrial-grade solutions and equipment to create a safe and clean environment for your property again.

To learn more about our pigeon guano removal services, you can visit our website or contact our team at 0208 066 0360 or We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to answer your questions, assisting you no matter where you are in the UK.

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