Pest Birds Can Carry Diseases that can be transmittable to pets and people.
There are over 60 diseases that birds and their droppings can carry. The problem is especially worrisome in residential areas, since many of these diseases are airborne and can be transferred to humans just by being around bird droppings. People can get these diseases by not wearing gloves, eye protection and face masks (proper PPE) when cleaning bird droppings and nests from surfaces so covered
is a respiratory disease that may be fatal. It results from a fungus growing in dried bird droppings. The fungal particulates can be accidentally inhaled when cleaning bird droppings. High exposure can cause infection. Symptoms begin to appear about 10 days after initial infection and include fatigue, fever and chest pains. That said, most people will not show any symptoms. However, those with compromised immune systems due to cancer or HIV/AIDS are generally more at risk of developing histoplasmosis. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reported a potentially blinding eye condition—presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS)—that may be caused by the fungus.
is caused by yeast found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. A fungal disease associated with pigeon droppings, cryptococcosis often begins as a pulmonary disease and may later affect the central nervous system. Those with compromised immune systems are most at risk in getting the disease. The disease is contracted by inhaling the yeast-like cells of the organism. Cryptococcosis occurs in two forms: The generalized form begins with a lung infection and spreads to other areas of the body, particularly the central nervous system, and is usually fatal unless treated. The more rare cutaneous (skin) form is characterized by acne-like skin eruptions or ulcers with nodules just under the skin.
often occurs as "food poisoning" and is caused by bacteria found in bird droppings. When dried bird droppings are aerated by wind and ventilation systems, they can contaminate food and cooking surfaces in restaurants, homes and food processing plants.
As a pest control operator you need to take the utmost care not to expose yourself to these dangers when you treat and clean any area where there may be bird activity.