Signs of a Bird Infestation

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Diseases carried by birds

Bird pests are well known to carry a range of diseases and are hosts to other insect pests. Humans can also develop symptoms similar to influenza from the spores from bird droppings.

Professional bird control is not only critical to avoid damage to your property but also to minimize the health risks posed by the presence of certain birds.

Pigeons, for example, are hosts to parasitic pests such as pigeon ticks, fleas and bird mites, which can spread to people. The pest insects live on the birds, their droppings and nesting materials. The parasites can invade buildings in search of a new food source.

Worried about the danger of birds on your property? Call Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520 for expert advice.

Seagull and pigeon diseases

Some of the diseases carried by pigeons and gulls could make you seriously ill. It is important to act at the first sign of a bird infestation to avoid these associated health hazards.

  • Salmonella - this bacterium is deposited where pigeons or gulls defecate. It can lead to Salmonellosis and Paratyphoid fever.

  • Psittacosis - also called Ornithosis or pigeon fancier's lung. This infection can be transmitted by inhaling the bacteria from dried droppings or handling feathers of infected pigeons or seagulls.

  • Fowl pest - known also as fowl plague or Newcastle disease. This virus can be transmitted to people when they’re exposed to fecal matter and other excretions from infected pigeon birds.

  • Escherichia coli (E.Coli) - mainly spread by seagulls, it can lead to illnesses such as gastro-enteritis and septicaemia.

  • Fungal infections - include Histoplasmosis and Cryptococcosis and are carried within bird droppings from seagulls.

Migratory birds have the potential of transmitting over 60 diseases, illnesses and infections to humans and several more to domestic animals, as a result of bird droppings, feathers and debris under a roost.

The transmission of these diseases are generally spread by:

  • being in contact with droppings
  • inhalation of air-borne fungi that originates from droppings
  • parasitic transferral
  • food & water contamination

Call Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520. We’ll return your call within 24 hours to discuss bird deterrents and effective ways to get rid of birds from your property.

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