Pigeons and Bats
At Mold Busters, reducing indoor air pollutants is our top priority. Just like mold spores and asbestos fibres, pigeons and bats threaten your indoor air quality (IAQ).
Ensuring regular and thorough home inspections is the ultimate key to preventing pigeons and bats from putting your home and your health at risk. If it’s too late–and you already have either a pigeon or bat problem–contact professionals to take care of it.
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Pigeons in your home
Pigeon droppings can damage building materials (i.e. calcareous stone) and the exterior of your home over time, causing leaks to develop and moisture to enter, often without your knowledge.
If moisture remains for more than 24 to 48 hours, and given the right temperature and a food source, black mold will develop and release hazardous mold spores into the air.
Not only do pigeon droppings threaten the structural integrity of your home, but they also put your health at risk more directly because pigeons carry diseases like Aspergillosis, an airborne disease brought on by a fungi found inside pigeon droppings. Aspergillosis can be fatal.
What’s more, pigeons surround your home and sometimes gather near vents, which is problematic for a couple of reasons: the microbiological contaminants from their droppings can easily enter your home through the ventilation system and feathers can build up inside the vents, decreasing or completely blocking air flow.
Bats in your home
Bats gravitate toward the attic and other closed-off areas through gaps and holes in walls. They will often have babies in these same areas, and it might take months, even years, until you realize they’re there.
Bats are pests for several different reasons, including (but not limited to) the following:
- They bite.
- They carry diseases (i.e. rabies)
- Their droppings (also called guano) can be toxic and release foul odours.
In addition to the unpleasant odour of guano, in large amounts it can damage Sheetrock. And, what’s worse, guano creates ideal breeding ground for fungi, which sometimes leads to fungal diseases you can catch just inhaling the air.
While keeping your eyes peeled and listening for chattering at dusk may work, the most reliable way to detect bats in your Ottawa or Montreal home is to book a home inspection.