By Integrity Home Inspection, Oct 27 2015 12:00PM
As I stepped into the attic, I couldn't quite figure out what type of insulation I was looking at. Gray, hard particles, curly... Wait, what? It took a few seconds for me to realize what I had just picked up was a big handful of pigeon excrement. A lot of it. Basically there was bird poo covering the entire surface of the attic about an inch thick. As I moved through the attic I also begin to find pigeon bodies.
At this point, it's probably good for me to stop and mention a common characteristic of most home inspectors. While the recipients of our reports and home owners may not be thrilled with our findings, home inspectors are often downright giddy when we come across strange or even unpleasant items.
Don't get me wrong, myself and most inspectors I know don't enjoy finding issues which will break the heart of a buyer already in love with their potential new home. Few people like to be the bearer of bad news, but the fact is most houses are downright boring. After 100 houses with some ungrounded outlets and a loose toilet or two, we are itching for something to add to our scrapbook. What can I say? We like a good train wreck.
So naturally when I started finding dead pigeons it seemed perfectly reasonable to take the time to count them... all. 78. There were 78 total dead birds, which pretty well explains the 1 inch thick layer of pigeon feces. There were even several unhatched eggs peppered throughout the space. It was obvious this attic had been open to the exterior for years–if not decades–and had become sort of an unintentional aviary/bird cemetary. It's a good reminder to check your attic vent screens for holes or any evidence of pest activity, especially as it gets cold and animals start looking for a warm spot for winter. I'm happy to help you with that if needed. 309-712-1556
I admit, I enjoyed every gross minute of it. I'm not certain what the disease potential is for that much bird dung after all that time, but I'm guessing it's still a health hazard. And YES, to my lovely wife, I did wash my hands afterwards.