Pigeon Droppings: How To Safely Rid Your Home Of This Health Hazard

Pigeon droppings are more than just an unsightly inconvenience. The presence of pigeon droppings in your home can place you and your family at risk for a variety of diseases, including:

  • Cryptococcal meningits
  • Salmonella
  • Listeria
  • Viral encephalitis
  • E Coli infection

That's why it's so important to remove this substance from your home safely and effectively. By following this simple step-by-step procedure, you can eliminate the danger of pigeon droppings from your home without any unnecessary health risks.

Step 1: Prepare The Cleaning Solution

Because of the bacteria present in pigeon droppings, you'll need to use a cleaning solution that is effective at killing unwanted bacteria. The easiest way to do this is to make your own. Sodium hypochlorite--more commonly referred to as bleach--is a great choice for safely disinfecting a large area. That's why so many industrial cleaners and water purification agents utilize it.

To make your own, simply add one part bleach to nine parts tap water. The total amount will depend on the size of the area that needs disinfection. A portion of your garage might only require one ounce of bleach mixed with nine ounces of water. On the other hand, an entire attic might require a third of a gallon of bleach mixed with three gallons of water. No matter what, maintain the proper ratio of one part bleach to nine parts water. 

Step 2: Gear Up

One of the major problems people face when removing pigeon droppings is bacteria in the air. Typically, enclosed areas with pigeon droppings will also have bacteria in the air. Also, when you remove the droppings, dust is often created that becomes easy to breathe. While small exposure to this bacteria is usually harmless, there's no reason to risk exposure at all.

That's why you should always wear the following items:

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Full-length pants
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Closed shoes or boots

A filter mask is also a good idea, particularly when there is a high concentration of droppings to remove. These items will help keep you safe as you work with the infectious material. 

Step 3: Saturate The Area

Once your clothing is set to go, it's time to saturate the area with your mixture. You'll want to give the entire floor and any other contaminated surfaces a good soak with your bleach solution. This will kill the majority of the bacteria and will also soften the droppings, preventing an undue amount of dust.

Also, it's a good idea to mist the entire room with your solution before you begin cleaning. This will fight any airborne bacteria present in the room. Regardless of whether you mist or not, you should allow at least 10 minutes for the solution to do its job. 

Step 4: Removal and Disposal

At this point, you're ready to begin removing the droppings themselves. A shovel or small spade is a good choice for this job, depending on the amount of droppings to remove. Always place the droppings into a double plastic bag, and be certain to secure the bag completely when finished. 

Once the droppings are removed, you'll want to scrub the area thoroughly with a stiff brush. This will remove any particles from cracks and crevices inside the room. Then, as a final preventative measure, reapply the bleach solution and allow the entire area to dry. Be sure to place all debris and disposable tools directly into the outside trash.

Once complete, your room is ready to be used by family and friends again. However, a call to an exterminator from a company like Desert Pest Control is still a good idea. The best way to avoid having to clean pigeon droppings from your attic or garage is to enlist the expertise of a trained professional to rid yourself of the pests for good.