Hazards from feral pigeons.
Hazards from feral pigeons.
People often refer to feral pigeons as flying rats and just like rats, they certainly area a major pest in urban environments, no matter whether you live in a large town or a city, you'll have a flock of feral pigeons living nearby and this is where the problem starts with these birds.
A Rising Population
Feral pigeon numbers are so high that they are under extreme pressure for breeding sites and pigeons will quickly move in and take advantage of any potential site that is available. Once that flock moves in they can be difficult to dislodge and because the feral pigeon is able to breed all year long the population is gradually rising higher and higher.
This rising population creates more competition for space, and suddenly previously untouched buildings will suddenly develop a pigeon problem literally overnight. These birds carry all manner of diseases and in a workplace health and safety regulations will be quickly breached whilst in a domestic setting, a roosting flock of birds is an extreme hazard for the human occupants.
Effective pigeon control from a local company
The use of the correct bird deterrent will remove the birds away from your premises and this is important as pigeons both carry harmful organisms and deposit large amounts of guano that are a rich breeding ground for some nasty strains of bacteria, harmful viruses, and toxic fungus.
Pigeons are a major health problem when living in close proximity to us for a number of reasons and there is a definitive list of the aliments and hazards associated with them, we however are jus concentrating on a few of them.
Pigeons give off numerous small particles in the form of dust, dried faeces, broken down feathers and any dust or pollution that has been picked up in their plumage and all this becomes airborne.
This is especially so in a situation where we are working in it, and so this material can be breathed in giving rise to an allergic reaction called pigeon fanciers lung or PFL. A dry cough, tightness in the chest and a general sense of fatigue are all symptoms of PFL although the condition does take some months to fully develop.
The most serious health risks come from harmful organisms that live and grow in the nutrient rich mass of droppings that the birds leave behind, added to this material will be dead chicks and dead adult carcases. As a pigeon produces around a kilogram of droppings every month this material quickly builds up and forms a dense mat of toxic matter.
Hazards from pigeon droppings
A fungus that grows in the organic matter and as the mass of waste material dries out, this fungus will produce fruits that releases spores into the atmosphere, these spores are highly toxic and produce in us a respiratory disease called Histoplasmosis. This fungus causes a cough, fever and fatigue and although most people will recover with medical treatment, for those with weaken immune systems may have a severe reaction.
Another fungus (this time a yeast) that lives in the mass of bird droppings and this candidiasis affects the skin, the respiratory tract, the intestines and in women, the vagina.
Candidiasis is a common aliment known to us with the common name of thrush and when contracted, it can be problematic for many years in some individuals.
Salmonella is normally associated with food poisoning; anyone who has ever had the misfortune to have food poisoning will tell you how debilitating the condition is and it can be fatal. Given that flies can spread salmonella and these insects will certainly be present at any pigeon infestation, having a flock of pigeons nesting or roosting in your property is a serious health hazard.
A yeast that comes from the pigeon’s gut and one of the most dangerous diseases which is potentially fatal for humans. Cryptococcosis is often called Crypto for short. Often the transmission route is airborne so the infection is in the lungs and from here it can spread to the brain, symptoms may include coughing and chest pain. As the infection spreads meningitis may occur and if Crypto infects the skin, large fluid filled bumps appear on the skin called papules along with ulcerous sores.
A common bacterium found in all animal droppings and even in the soil, E.coli can cause severe stomach disorders and in extreme cases kidney failure; between 5 and 10% of people contracting E.coli go on to have this type of problem so you can see how much of a threat that this bacteria is to human health..
Pigeon control from a local professional company
As you can see pigeons carry and cause problems across both the residential and commercial sector, we have years of experience of dealing with pigeon infestations and we are able to offer a service tailored to your needs and budget. Getting control of pigeons need not be as expensive as you think, these birds do not belong in close proximity to us and their residence is too big a risk to ignore. If you have a pigeon problem then give us a call and we can carryout a free survey, run through the different options and costs and get you pest free.