Identifying Peacock Droppings

Peacocks and peahens may add beauty and interest to a neighborhood, but they also create significant messes. In addition to tearing up lawns and gardens, the birds produce large, strong-smelling droppings. The color and consistency of the peacock droppings depends on the bird's diet, though most are grayish-brown and white. Typical places to find these unpleasant messes include driveways, porches, cars, and rooftops. Because the birds often travel in groups, the amount of feces they deposit can quickly become overwhelming.

Damage & Hazards

Peacock droppings create nuisances and health risks for property owners and residents. In addition to dirtying property, they create unsightly messes and increase the chance of slipping on pavement. Contact with peacock droppings can spread illnesses like chlamydiosis, cryptosporidiosis, and histoplasmosis to humans and pets. It can also transmit common pathogens such as salmonella, giardia, and E. coli.

Prevention & Removal

To prevent peafowl from gathering on personal property, homeowners should relocate or fence in food sources that attract the birds, like outdoor pet food and compost heaps. Previously deposited peacock droppings should not be washed off or removed unless proper safety measures are taken. To avoid contamination and hassle, call the local pest and wildlife professionals at Critter Control to deal with peacock problems.