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The Feral pigeon is wide spread throughout the country and can be a serious pest in towns and cities. Nesting on buildings and ledges, they cause large amounts of fouling and damage to buildings and vehicles. Droppings can also make pavements, steps and external fire escapes slippery.
Feral pigeons carry diseases that are harmful to man, significantly more than the brown rat and yet people would not normally dream of feeding rats! The best known disease passed from birds to man is Psittacosis but over 40 more diseases can be passed from feral pigeon to humans, including potentially infectious diseases such as salmonella, tuberculosis and ornithosis.
These birds are also a source of allergens, which can cause respiratory illnesses like pigeon fancier’s lung and allergic skin reactions. It is possible for these illnesses to be spread to people through contact with pigeon droppings, feathers, pigeon parasites, or where dead infected pigeons get into food or water sources.
The presence of pigeons or their droppings (particularly when wet) can also contribute to pedestrian and driver accidents on pavements and roads.
Gulls scavenge on litter, rubbish tips and sewage outfall pipes. They can pick-up and transmit E.Coli & other harmful organisms to humans through contact with their droppings
Gulls build large nests and like to use vents and chimneys to support the weight of their nests.
This presents a unique hazard of poisonous gas build-up in the building as they often completely bock vents used by gas appliances.
The number of gulls breeding on rooftops in the UK is increasing by 30% a year. Eggs are laid in May, hatching in June. The most aggressive behaviour occurs in July & August.
Noise problems start as early as March and can go on all through the night.
There are increasing reports of gulls attacking people or pets for food and when protecting their young. They can be a danger to the elderly, young children and pets.
One of the most common of the garden birds, the House sparrow is found throughout our towns and cities. Their droppings can contaminate foodstuffs and their presence often leads to the introduction of insect pests such as Dermestid beetles.
These birds may become major pests of food manufacturing sites and supermarkets, where they enter the premises through open doors and windows, often finding suitable nesting sites indoors.
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