How to Safely Clean Bird Droppings from a Building
Bird droppings are not just nasty disease-carrying waste, they are extremely acidic and destructive to buildings – especially tar-based roofs. Even a light but consistent covering of bird droppings on a roof can cut its life expectancy by as much as half.
Removing large amount of bird droppings from buildings is a necessary service, and it should be done correctly. Here’s how:
- When cleaning bird droppings, always wear personal protective equipment, including gloves and a respirator. Bird feces carries a large variety of bacteria and disease which can cause serious infections with a host of symptoms, from rashes and blisters, to permanent neurological damage or organ failure.
- Always thoroughly wet the droppings down first to help protect against breathing in the fecal matter, which will become airborne if removed while dry.
- Next, while wearing gloves, use a scraper to scrape away as much of the fecal matter as possible and place in bags. Ask your local waste facility about how to properly dispose of droppings.
- Wash the building with a pressure washer or scrub brushes and a product like Dirty Bird Waste Digestor. The live enzymes in Dirty Bird softens even the most stubborn bird waste.
- Building Wash to sanitize the area and clean the affected surfaces and leave it looking and smelling clean.
- Place bird abatement products – such as the discreet, easy-to-install, multisensory Optical Gel bird repellent – to keep the birds from returning.