Pigeons are common in all urban areas; however, they can cause potentially serious problems for occupiers and landlords.
In addition to the unsightly presence of pigeons and pigeon fouling on and in front of commercial buildings, the potential problems can extend much further.
James Dutton of Goadsby Building Surveying comments ‘Pigeon fouling and nesting material can cause blockages on roofs and within rainwater goods of a building. This in turn can result in water ingress into the building. In addition to this, pigeon fouling on external paint or stonework can result in the gradual erosion of these materials resulting in the need for increased building maintenance and associated costs. Further more, pigeon fouling and waste material harbours mites and parasites which, if present adjacent to air conditioning units, can be introduced into the building environment and affect its occupiers.’