Understanding The Impact Of Pest Birds On Your Business

Last Updated: May 6, 2021

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Pest birds invading your commercial property are not only a nuisance, but can also put your business, customers and employees at risk. Whether it is potential health risks and hazards that can be associated with bird droppings or liability risks that can lead to legal actions, pest birds can be nothing but trouble. Here are some of the issues that pest birds can bring to your business.

Safety Hazard

Bird droppings can pose serious liability risks if left unaddressed. As a build-up of bird droppings on sidewalks and paved surfaces can be a serious fall hazard. Droppings can be slippery when stepped on, which may cause a critical incident to occur on your commercial property and could open the door for serious legal implications for both yourself, as well as your business.

Disease Risks

Pest birds can harbour a variety of diseases, from serious viral pathogens like St. Louis Encephalitis or H1N1 to fungal diseases such as histoplasmosis. The scarier part is not only can these birds carry these diseases, but pathogens can also be transmitted through the bird’s droppings. With natural forces contributing to transmission of such pathogens, all it takes is a gust of wind to release faecal dust particles into the air, which can potentially put your patrons at risk of contracting some of the diseases mentioned above.

Related: What every business owner needs to know about pest bird diseases

Blood Sucking Insects

The presence of pest birds roosting on your property can often also mean the introduction of hitch hiking ectoparasites. These blood sucking insects often feed on birds but can feed on humans if birds are not available. Swallow bugs, ticks, chewing lice and bird mites are many of the primary ectoparasites that can commonly be found in areas where pest birds roost.

Structural Risks

Bird droppings contain acid which can erode and damage building components, especially steel. In large infestations, this in turn could compromise the integrity of the structure, making your commercial property a safety hazard.

Bird droppings and nests can also cause thousands of dollars a year in ongoing property maintenance, but their financial implications can be far more costly than simple property repairs. Additionally, if pest birds nest near drainage areas, you may also have to deal with possible plumbing issues, as a bird’s nest or bird debris can block drainage area.

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Bird droppings, nests and debris can be foul smelling and even unsightly to look at. Beyond this, pest birds can also be a noisy nuisance to you and anyone that visits your establishment. This in turn, creates an environment that is both unfriendly and unwelcoming to customers and employees alike.

Along with the aesthetic issues associated with heavy pest bird activity, health and safety organizations may also put the spotlight on your business, costing you not only your customers, but your reputation as well.

If you’re a business currently dealing with pest bird activity, don’t fear! Contact your local Orkin Canada branch today for professional support and assistance to have any pest bird issues professionally controlled.

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Alice Sinia Quality Assurance Manager – Regulatory/Lab Services

Reviewed by Alice Sinia, Ph.D., MSc on May 4 2021.

Master of Science Degree in Pest Management (MSc.) – Simon Fraser University; BSc. (Hons) Biological Sciences (Entomology & Parasitology) – Makerere University; Advanced Level Certificate of Education – Trinity College; Ph.D. – University of Guelph)

With more than 20 years of experience, Alice is responsible for the management of the Orkin Canada Quality Assurance Laboratory located at our GTA Training Centre. She performs analytical entomology (investigates product adulteration using biochemical and comparative tissue methods), and provides technical support in pest/insect identification to branch offices and clients nationwide. In addition, Alice also prepares scientific reports for Orkin Canada clients, updates Orkin management on any changes or updates to any government regulations pertaining to the pest control industry. Alice also performs quality assurance account compliance audits.

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