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Pigeon guano takes a team of 5 to clear over 2 days!

10 Nov

This week five of our pest technicians will be in a loft clearing pigeon guano.

Although many people find birds attractive and pleasant, they can present serious problems if numbers aren’t controlled.  Bird droppings are particularly unpleasant because they’re infested with disease-causing organisms and can create slip hazards for your workers as well as members of the public. They’re also unsightly and can cause serious structural damage to your buildings.

Pigeons may carry bacteria causing Salmonellosis. They also carry Ornithosis, a disease similar to viral pneumonia that can be transmitted to humans through infected droppings or respiratory droplets.  Ornithosis is often mistaken for flu in humans, so
may be far more common than we realise.  The rising pigeon population is causing concern for local councils all over the UK; it’s thought to be directly linked to the increase in food waste as well as the public’s tendency to feed them.

Take a look at our pest control website for more information on Bird Control.


Abate helps the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

27 Aug

The School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia has asked Abate Pest Management to help in the research of canker in feral pigeons.

feral pigeon

The School is part of a collaborative research group investigating Trichomonas gallinae which causes canker in pigeons, dove and avian predators that feed on them. About five years ago the parasite suddenly jumped to finches and has become a major source of mortality in for instance greefinches and chaffinches.

The School at the UEA is investigating sources of this pandemic strain by sampling feral pigeons. Abate Pest management will help by taking sample swabs of any feral pigeons This is done by simply putting a sterile cotton-wool swab into the beak of the pigeon.