Though we love wildlife here at RJS Waste Management UK, we know that guano from bats and birds can cause real issues for building managers and property owners alike. Not only are they an eyesore but they can have health and safety implications and must be removed with care.
Whether your domestic or commercial building suffers random soiling to its exterior or guano exists in large quantities inside the property, our bat and bird guano removal services could be just what you need.
Why remove bat and bird guano?
Bats can be found sheltering in many buildings, especially in cracks behind tiles and boarding or in roof spaces. Often, pigeons will exploit a slipped roof tile to gain access to a roof void and, if there is no access from within the property, the birds may roost and breed unnoticed for several years. While gulls can usually be found perched atop roofs or chimney pots from which they look out for feeding opportunities. And where there are bats and birds there is guano…
The two most common causes of bird soiling to buildings are:
- Overnight/breeding roosts
- Daytime perches
Overnight roosting usually results in much larger quantities of bird droppings being present than daytime perching. Roosting birds are static for 8-16 hours a day and their soiling is found in deeper piles directly beneath their roosting spot.
But perched birds will use a building as a vantage point to exploit food sources during the day and so tend to move around more, checking other feeding sites and staying wary of predators. This means guano from perched birds is more random and spread over a larger area.
Bats, on the other hand, hibernate in the winter so are dormant from November until March at the earliest. During this time, they only wake to excrete occasionally. Once active, they roost during the day and leave their colony at around sunset. Between dusk and dawn, they tend to fly around for two-five hours at a time. So, they spend longer periods at roost sites than their feathered friends.
You might have installed bird deterrents, such as spikes or netting, to the outside of your building or had a flock of pigeons removed from inside your building, but their excrement might still be causing you issues. Likewise, bats as a protected species in the UK, might be creating a foul problem at your property that is not easily dealt with. These might include:
- Permanent damage to building materials e.g. etched polished surfaces, stained porous stone and corroded metals
- Ruined aesthetics
- Unpleasant smells
- Attraction of insects and further pests
- Possible health risks