Someone who would never tolerate a bunch of rats living in the attic of their home will turn a blind eye towards pigeons and other pest birds living in the roofline overhangs or under the AC units of their roof. In terms of disease and damage, these two pests are very similar.
In order to better understand how nuisance birds (Rats with Wings) spread disease we need to understand the basics of disease and transmission.
Fortunately, human interaction with most bird species is minimal, thus drastically reducing any health threat from most birds. However a few bird species have successfully adapted to our urban environment. The pigeon, starling and house sparrow have learned to thrive living in our buildings and eating our food. Their adaptation to our communities has brought them into close proximity to humans. These three non-native birds have become a major nuisance in our cities and they pose a serious health risk.
Inhalation of fecal dust
As bird feces and the contaminated soil it rests on, dries or is disturbed, microscopic pieces break off and become airborne. These airborne particles can contain dormant fungi and/or bacteria. When breathed into the lungs, the warm, moist environment of the lung lining provides a breeding ground for the infectious agents.
Common symptoms of this type of infection are flu like in nature: coughing, elevated temperature, restricted breathing and general body fatigue, and it usually lasts roughly two to four days.
The vast majority of the time, the bodies defenses will stop the invaders even before minor symptoms appear but in a small percentage of cases, major infection causing long term disability and even death occurs.
As a side note- There is no known medical cure for internal fungal infections.
Direct contact with feces
Infections occur when a worker or resident gets fecal dust or droppings in an open wound or cut. This commonly occurs when handling old rusty tools, sharp edged equipment or products which are covered with bird feces.
The wound site becomes red, puffy and puss-filled. Antibiotics are often needed to cure the infection. In some rare cases, infection of the blood (Septis) or internal infection can also occur causing serious illness or death.
Pest birds harbor ticks, fleas, mites and other ectoparasites. Parasites transfer disease in the following manner. The parasite bites an infected animal and sucks in blood containing the germ. When the bug bites its next victim it passes along the germ to the new victim. This occurs because parasites inject some of their saliva into the host when feeding.
Over forty types of parasites live either on the birds, in their nests or in the places they roost. They are responsible for the transmission of several hundred viral and bacterial agents. These diseases include plague, encephalitis, pox and meningitis. Control of these parasites is a crucial phase of the bird control project. Paradoxically, this threat can be aggravated when bird control products are installed.
Unless the parasites are exterminated when the birds are excluded from a site, the mites, fleas, ticks etc. will seek a new host, often the human inhabitants. Therefore, a proper bird control project should always include parasite extermination.
|Fowl Cholera (Pasteurellosis)|
|Eastern Equine Encephalitis||Y||Y||Y|
|Fort Morgan Encephalitis||Y|
|St. Louis Encephalitis||Y||Y||Y|
|west Nile Encephalitis||Y|
|western equine Encephalitis||Y||Y|
|Capillariasis (3 Species)||Y||Y|
|Tetramariasis (2 species)||Y||Y||Y|
|Air Sac Mite||Y|
|Black Carpet beetle||Y||Y||Y|
|Casemaking Clothes Moth||Y||Y||Y|
|Drug Store Beetle||Y|
|European Chicken Flea||Y||Y||Y|
|Fowl Cyst Mite||Y|
|Little House Fly||Y|
|Northern Fowl Mite||Y||Y||Y|
|Pigeon Kissing Bug||Y|
|Pigeon Nest Bug||Y|
|Pigeon Quill Mite||Y|
|Straw Itch Mite||Y|
|Tropical Fowl Mite||Y||Y|
|Webbing Clothes Moth||Y||Y||Y|
|Western Chicken Flea||Y||Y|
|Bird Louse Fly||Y|
|Large Pigeon body Louse||Y|
|Little Feather Beetle||Y|
|Pigeon Vent Louse||Y|
|Slender Pigeon Louse||Y|
|Pigeon Quill Mite||Y|
|Weber, W.J. 1979, Health Hazards from Pigeons, Starlings, and English Sparrows.
Thomson Publications, P.O. Box 9335, Fresno, California, 138pp.
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