Bird Poop Identification

You’ve probably come out of a store to find your shiny car hit with a giant bird dropping at least once. It’s frustrating and you probably looked up at the sky and silently (or verbally) said some not very nice things to that bird – wherever it may be. As you’re probably well aware, bird droppings are typically white in color and have a pretty wet consistency – hence the splattered look when it lands on your car. The pasty consistency of their droppings is due mostly to the uric acid found in the droppings, which helps to retain water. Due to the uric acid, bird droppings can cause damage to the property that is unfortunate enough to be beneath them. This can include your home, car, lawn ornaments, and more. You can often find mold growing or metal being eaten away when exposed to bird droppings for too long, which is why it is important to have it cleaned immediately.

Poop Pigeons
Bird poop is usually white and hardens quickly

If you’re unlucky enough to have a roost of pigeons or starlings on your home, you will probably experience more bird droppings than you have ever cared to see in your life. These can stain exterior walls and prove to be rather difficult to clean up. If the feces has a high acidity, the feces itself can cause comsetic and structural damage to man-made structures and public artwork. Many urban centers, like Rome and New York City, spend millions of dollars per year cleaning up after these birds! That's money out of your pocket as taxpayers--isnt's that insane!?

Invasive geese
A flock of geese can generate a LOT of poop!

Bird droppings are highly recognizable, however, so you don’t have to try and compare them to other wildlife animals. You can generally tell pretty quickly if you are dealing with birds or not, which can be helpful to stay ahead of the situation. You may want to contact a professional to remove bird feces from the area properly so that you don’t have the added worry of mold or corrosion on your home after your bird problem is removed.

On a brighter side of the topic, bird droppings can be good for your yard. The nitrogen found in them makes for rich soil, so while you may hate having birds around, at least your lawn is gaining something from it.