Hospitals must take extra care to avoid pest bird infestations. Bird droppings can carry any of 60 known diseases—including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, and toxoplasmosis, even the West Nile virus.
Birds often gather on rooftops near air ducts and HVAC units. They build nests and leave droppings on or near the blowers and compressors that direct air to hospital rooms and other patient areas. This contaminated air can carry diseases and spores that can easily infect patients with weakened immune systems. Bird droppings can also create a health hazard on exterior lunch tables, benches and chairs used by staff or other workers. These droppings can even be carried inside by visitors walking on entryways covered with bird droppings.
Birds Cause Costly Damage
Pest birds can do considerable damage to hospital buildings. Nesting debris can interfere with and degrade AC vents, skylights, solar panels, signage, lighting fixtures and security cameras. This debris can also clog up rain gutters, leading to roof leaks. The acidic nature of bird droppings can “eat” into and permanently damage steel, aluminum, vinyl, plastic and glass. Bird droppings can also “freeze up” windows that are designed to open.
To protect patients, staff, visitors and buildings from the many problems caused by pest birds, a proactive approach is best, one that uses humane, effective bird deterrents to keep birds from perching, roosting and nesting on or near hospital premises. The next best tactic is to deter birds as soon as they’re noticed. Wait too long and it becomes increasingly difficult to remove them.
Bird Controls to Match Your Need
Bird controls most often recommended for hospitals include:
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