Church cleared in readiness for development

01 March 2018

A derelict Grade II listed church built in the 14th century has been cleared and cleaned by a team of seven trained pest technicians from Abate Pest Management. The undisclosed church is part of a property development project and needed to be in a guano free state before any work could commence.

After years of standing empty, the church had been infected with pigeon guano. The team cleaned the entire building, brushing all walls and disposing the waste matter under Abates upper tier waste carrier, broker and dealer licence.

Respiratory protective equipment and protective clothing was worn throughout the week long project. Breathing dust or water droplets containing contaminated bird droppings can lead to several diseases including:

  • Psittacosis – this is a rare infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia psittaci. It is mainly associated with parrots and other similar species but does affect other birds, including pigeons. Symptoms are commonly a flu-like illness and pneumonia usually appearing 5-19 days after exposure.
  • Salmonella – this may also be present in some bird droppings. It is a bacterial infection that can cause significant diarrhoea.

Abate Pest Management from Morley near Wymondham, delivers rodent control, insect control, bird proofing projects, woodworm treatment and specialist hygiene services to commercial and domestic customers throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Herts and Beds. They offer free surveys and can be contacted at www.abateltd.co.uk or by calling 0800 980 9767.

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