Pest Control Services

Call 0845 468 2412


Pest Control Services

Call 0845 468 2412


Pigeons and Other Birds


Where birds roost, nest or perch, they generally leave fouling. This fouling looks and smells unpleasant and is likely to put off potential customers to a business. In the case of public buildings it has in some cases lead to them falling into disuse and disrepair. Droppings can be a problem when they land on people, cars, drying washing, and gardens, causing extra cleaning.


Pigeons have been shown to be carrying the same strains of bacteria affecting local people, suggesting a link. Food-borne bacteria might be spread to humans if you have poor standards of personal hygiene after contacting droppings, but the potential for birds to contaminate human food directly is generally rather limited. Gulls feeding at contaminated sites, such as sewage treatment works and sewage outfall pipes, can pick up food poisoning bacteria and pass them out with their droppings on grazing pastures, water reservoirs and other sites significant in the human food chain. Jackdaws and Magpies have been implicated in the transmission of Campylobacfer when pecking milk bottles. House Sparrows have been shown to carry Salmonella so, if they are infesting a warehouse or supermarket, there is a potential for them to spread disease through droppings. Starlings, Sparrows and Pigeons can infest livestock buildings and units where animal food is handled in bulk. The presence of birds here can pose a serious potential health hazard.


In the UK, allowing birds to infest a food business violates the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995, and could result in prosecution of the food company.

7 Cherry Close



CB21 4UE


Tel: 0845 468 2412 (local rate)