As Nuisance Birds’ Activity Goes Up, So Do Cleaning Costs
Bird-X’s own Trunita Robinson has recently published a small article in Building Services Magazine, outlining the problems and costs associated with bird damage. Here it is:
Ah, spring’s in the air – but wait, so are the birds and their mess!
Facility managers have been planning for the usual tasks that spring cleaning brings, but what about birds? As nuisance birds’ activity gears up, so do cleaning costs. The number of urban birds increases dramatically around buildings and other facilities, making some areas impossible to walk through. It is difficult for some of us to think of birds as pests, but pigeons (and geese) have adapted well around facilities.
They find their way into places where some people don’t want them resting, nesting and roosting. Their presence might be enjoyable, but their droppings are not. Their behavior becomes a menace and cleaning up their “after dinner mess” is a costly, toxic endeavor.
In some instances, professionals are hired to pressure wash affected areas, which is a temporary and expensive fix. Not only is it a short term solution, which in most cases is repeated several times a year, but also costs thousands of wasted facility maintenance dollars. Therefore, implementing an effective bird management system, without washing dollars down the drain, saves money in clean-up costs, labor, city fines, and even lawsuits.
No Stroll In The Park
Birds can be more than just a nuisance. And constantly dodging pigeons and their droppings is like trying to balance an egg on top of your head.
Not only do unsightly stains and droppings (Canada goose, pigeon, etc) make for an unpleasant environment, they pose a slip-and-fall hazard. For example, the New York Transit Authority was ordered to pay former doorman from the Bronx $7.67 Million in damages resulting from a slip on pigeon droppings on subway stairs.
To avoid the liability factor, it’s vital for building & facility managers and property owners to identify the problem, find a long-term solution, and nip it in the bud.