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09/10/2019: Do you have bird fouling problems?

Bird fouling is a growing problem in many town and city centres. With increasing populations of pigeons and urban gulls, many buildings can quickly become covered in droppings.

This is not only unsightly, but can be damaging to delicate stonework too. The RSPB recognises that urban gulls and rural gulls are two distinct groups which rarely mix, so it is no good waiting for them to return to the coast. The lack of natural predators and ready source of food from landfill sites and discarded fast food makes towns a great breeding place for the urban gull.

The seagulls get a taste of their own medicine from a protesting cormorant

This diet, gleaned from our throwaway society also contributes to the corrosive nature of droppings. These attack everything from the stone of historic buildings to the paint on modern cars. Bird droppings have also been linked to the flu like disease, psittacosis, salmonella and cryptococcus, which recently contributed to the death of a child in a Glasgow hospital.

For buildings, regular, effective cleaning can help preserve the exterior, removing caustic bird fouling before it has a chance to cause permanent damage. With years of experience, DJ Cooper has the equipment and the knowledge to sympathetically clean stonework, not only effectively removing the contamination, but also cleaning in a manner that is sympathetic to the substrate.

If you are suffering from bird fouling on your building, give our specialists a call on the number above or click in the header of any page to send us an email.

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