Bird Droppings Can Damage Your Roof

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Bird Droppings Can Damage Your Roof


Did you know that there are many bird species that can have a significant impact on the lifespan of your roof? This is not something we would normally think of as a cause of roof damage, but bird droppings can cause a gradual and steady but serious deterioration.

Pigeon droppings in particular can cause severe damage to not just your roof but also other parts of your house.

Here are a few examples of the havoc birds’ dropping can cause to your roof:

Uric Acid

The acidic content of bird droppings can wreak havoc on materials like concrete, car paint, and roofing materials. The most vulnerable roof material to uric acid is the asphalt shingles.

Solar Panel Damage

Birds love sitting on solar panels as they provide warmth and shelter from the wind and rain. They also provide the perfect nesting spot. Great for them, not so great for your solar panels. Apart from the fact that these birds cause damage to the solar panel wiring, they also create a mess by leaving their droppings on top of them. These droppings, if left to sit for an extended period of time, blight solar panels and can render the system useless.

Blocked Gutters

The bird droppings on your roof can be washed into the gutters by wind or rain. These droppings contain seeds which can grow into weeds and shrubs in the gutters and ultimately affect the flow of water and ultimately lead to roof leakages.

Make sure you clean your gutters regularly to ensure that they are free of debris and other waste products left by pigeons.

Moss Growth

The nutrients from pigeon droppings stimulate moss growth.

Moss thrives in shady, damp places and is most commonly found on the roof. Failure to tackle moss growth heads on can result in water leaks and damage. In addition, it can clog your drainage and gutters.

Moss retains moisture, and this could further hamper the efficiency of your roof materials.

If birds and pigeons regularly leave droppings on your roof, the moss problem can be difficult and more expensive to contain.

Native Bird Laws

Some laws protect native birds. So you need to follow laid down protocols when getting rid of them.

Some of the legal methods of preventing birds nesting on your roof include roof spikes and bird deflectors.

Contact Sydney’s Best Pest Control for advice and solutions.

Tips on Cleaning Bird Droppings from Your Roof

  • Trim back any overhanging trees
  • Remove bird droppings using a garden hose
  • Use a bird poop cleaner
  • Remove all visible nests
  • Create a bird deterrent on the rooftop
  • Contact Sydney’s Best Pest Control

Pigeons and pest birds can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your roof, building, vehicle, and ventilation systems. Do not hesitate to get rid of bird droppings on your roof. And if the problem still lingers, contact Sydney’s Best Pest Control to help find a lasting solution to the menace.

Our friendly and experienced technicians be able to advise you on the best way of preventing birds from nesting on your roof. Call us on 1800 819 189 or email us using our easy contact us form.

Further Reading

Deterring Birds

What are bird lice ?

Bird Lice & how to get rid of them

Are you gutters a haven for pests

What the Flock… Pigeons