BIRDS AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
Birds cause tens of millions of dollars’ worth of damage annually in the United States. Birds are known to damage buildings, vehicles, roofs, machinery, ventilation systems and more. Damage is typically caused by bird droppings or nests.
Bird droppings are extremely acidic and can corrode various materials including tar-based roofing materials. This corrosion can cause leaks and even collapse.
Some birds, including pigeons, sparrows and starlings, build nests in rain gutters and drains. These nests can block draining systems, leading to standing water and potential roof collapse. Nesting materials are also flammable – if birds build their nests inside electric signage or machinery, the risk of fire increases significantly.