Health Risks from Pigeons

Health Risks from Pigeons

pigeondroppingsPiGNX® addresses the tremendous damage and health risks caused by pigeon feces and bird droppings. It is an eco-friendly bio-deterrent that keeps pigeons, birds and animals of all types from roosting, homing and congregating.

The Problem

Best estimates from reliable sources and studies estimate the damage caused by pigeons to be between $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion annually worldwide. Pigeons cause defacement and accelerated building deterioration, fouling and soiling, noise and nuisance, poor public appearance & image, health hazards, transmission of disease, contamination of water/food supplies, public/employee safety and equipment damage. Cost of bird strikes and delays/cancellations to the commercial and military aviation industry is estimated to be $1.0 billion to $1.5 billion dollars a year. Monetary losses and damages caused by pigeon and bird feces to businesses, transportation entities, utilities and the general public goes largely unreported costing consumers untold multi-millions of dollars each year.

Health Risks

pigeonguano3Disease potential exists when birds such as pigeons are permitted to roost in areas frequented by humans. Bird droppings are made up of uric acid which is very powerful. It eats through many materials quickly such as steel, wood, paint, plastic and cement causing permanent damage and costly repairs. Fecal droppings that are not removed promote bacteria and yeast growth that continue to breed more diseases and generate more acid. There are over 40 known virus and 60 diseases directly associated with bird fecal matter including Salmonella. QA managers know that bird droppings are a major source of Salmonella outbreaks. These diseases cause varying degrees of illness from minor ailments to fatal results such as the “Bird Flu”. These histoplasmotic diseases are being transported throughout the world in part by birds. Health expenses, loss of productivity and disease containment are unmeasured costs worldwide; with much more monetary losses for nations with developed, expanding and mature economies like the USA.

pigeon_guano4gifPigeons are common in large cities. They often make nests in buildings and rapidly reproduce. Breeding occurs throughout the year, usually taking place between March and July. During these months, the DOHMH often receives questions about possible health risks associated with cleaning pigeon droppings. Contact with pigeon droppings may pose a small health risk. Three human diseases are known to be associated with pigeon droppings: histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis.


Histoplasmosis is a disease caused by a fungus, which grows in pigeon droppings. It also grows in soils and is found throughout the world. When cleaning droppings a person may breathe in some of the fungus, which in cases of high exposure can cause infection. Common activities, such as cleaning off windowsills, will not result in high exposures.

Symptoms of histoplasmosis begin to appear about 10 days after initial infection and include fatigue, fever, and chest pains. Most people, however, do not show any symptoms. Those with compromised immune systems such as cancer patients or people living with HIV/AIDS are generally more at risk of developing histoplasmosis. The disease cannot be transmitted from person to person.


Cryptococcosis is another fungal disease associated with pigeon droppings and also grows in soils throughout the world. It is very unlikely that healthy people will become infected even at high levels of exposure. A major risk factor for infection is a compromised immune system. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 85 percent of cryptococcosis patients are HIV-positive.


Psittacosis (also known as ornithosis or parrot fever) is a rare infectious disease that mainly affects parrots and parrot-like birds such as cockatiels, and parakeets, but may also affect other birds, such as pigeons. When bird droppings dry and become airborne people may inhale them and get sick.

In humans, this bacterial disease is characterized by: fatigue, fever, headache, rash, chills, and sometimes pneumonia. Symptoms develop about 10 days after exposure. Psittacosis can be treated with a common antibiotic.

Since 1996, fewer than 50 confirmed cases were reported in the United States annually. In New York City, psittacosis is very rare with less than one human case identified each year. According to the CDC, about 70% of infected people had contact with infected pet birds. Those at greatest risk include bird owners, pet shop employees, veterinarians, and people with compromised immune systems. No person-to-person cases have ever been reported.

The Solution

pignxbalcony1PiGNX® is not an AVIAN TOXICANT!  It affects the bird’s sense of touch.  It contains an ingredient processed from fruit & vegetable extracts. When pigeons/bird come into contact with PiGNX®, it causes extreme discomfort to the bird; for the birds it is like walking on HOT molten lava rocks. This discomfort is so uninviting, annoying and disturbing to pigeons/birds; they learn not to return through negative reinforcement caused by the active agents. PiGNX® is training the pigeons not to return. PiGNX® will not harm the pigeons/birds other mammals.

The PiGNX® Product Proposition

PiGNX® is guaranteed to work or your money back in the first 60 days. It is the first pigeon bio-pesticide that does NOT contain ‘polybutene” a known pollutant and therefore PiGNX® is eco-friendly, harmless to birds, mammals and humans. The building maintenance industry/US Military/Transportation /Utilities/City and State/ Federal Governments spend millions of dollars a year on bird eradication and pest control. Historically, methods of pigeon control; have been largely unsuccessful until now. PiGNX® is approved by the Federal EPA.

Compared to hardware and electronic deterrents such as spike, nets and sound/noise devices, PiGNX® is far more economical to use per linear foot of application. The highly controversial use of bird feed laced with poisons are not only expensive but do not receive support from environmental groups or public safety organizations as there is high risk of food supply contamination and public safety.

The Business Benefits

PiGNX® has tremendous potential as a pigeon/bird avian non- toxicant. PiGNX® addresses the tremendous need for a bio-pesticide that can be used just about anywhere under most conditions to save consumers, governments and businesses millions of dollars a year in maintenance/containment/ abatement costs. Simple and beneficial, PiGNX®  can be used in combination with other bird abatement hardware to ensure bird pressure eradication or used by itself to control and deter pigeon/birds from site roosting and clean up. Try PiGNX® today!