Pigeons are known to be dangerous disease carriers with droppings that can do a world of damaged too.
Hunt Zone’s division of Pigeon Decease Control or PDC deals with catching and treating pigeons to decrease damaging effects on the environment.
Human diseases and health risks associated with pigeon droppings are Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis and Psittacosis.
Histoplasmosis, an infection caused by a fungus, Histoplasma capsulatum, may cause high fever, blood abnormality, pneumonia and even death in some cases. The disease primarily affects the lungs. People with weakened immune systems are generally more at risk of developing this disease. The fungus grows in pigeon droppings and soils throughout the world. It enters human bodies through air while breathing and a high in-take may cause infection. The symptoms of histoplasmosis may be fatigue, fever, minor influenza, blood abnormalities, dry coughs and chest pains though in many cases it does not show any. Central Illinois have experienced outbreaks of histoplasmosis.
Accumulated pigeon droppings are the most important source of Cryptococcosis, another fungal disease caused by Cryptococcus neoformans. Immune compromised persons, especially those with HIV infection run at high risk from this disease. Initial pulmonary infection is usually asymptomatic and most patients surrender to disseminated infection. It begins with a lung infection and spreads to other areas of the body, particularly in the CNS or the central nervous system. Skin eruptions and ulcers with lumps just under the skin are also characteristics of this disease. A high in-take of that airborne yeast cells in human bodies through air while breathing causes this infection. A cost-effective Cryptococcosis prevention strategy is yet to be developed.
Psittacosis is an infection caused by intracellular bacterium Chlamydia psittaci that affects parrots, pigeons and other birds. Dry and airborne droppings of affected birds infect human beings. Manifestations of this disease may range from asymptomatic infection to systemic illness with severe pneumonia. Fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a dry cough are some symptoms of this disease in human beings. Most Psittacosis in human beings results from exposure to pet infected birds. It spreads when a person inhales the organism, vaporized from respiratory secretions or dried faeces of infected birds or bird bites, mouth-to-beak contact, and through handling of infected birds. Even brief exposures can lead to symptomatic infection. Man to man, transmission of this bacterium is rare, but not impossible.
This exposure includes accumulated bird droppings in the workplace where extended hours are spent by the individual.
In any case, the infected person should immediately consult a doctor.
(info from dettera pigeon, san francisco.)
Pigeon droppings carry aggressive acids which cause corrosion to concrete and steel structures; an example of this is the Minnesota Bridge in the USA. The entire structure threatened collapse due to the corrosion caused by pigeon droppings.
Pigeon feathers and nest paraphernalia that gets stuck in drain pipes and air vents can cause a serious fire hazard as it dry and presents as an extremely combustible material. If determined to be the cause of the fire, the liability claims may be extremely high if anyone is injured or life lost. And most insurers will not entertain claims of this nature, if the cause is so determined.
Pigeon droppings attract other pests where the dropping have accumulated, such as cockroaches, bird lice,
soft ticks, rats, nest bugs, biting lice, and pigeon flies. Dead birds breed maggots, flies and beetles.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) in the US has also reported a potentially ‘blinding eye condition’ – ocular histoplasmosis (OHS) which is as result of contact with the fungus carried by the birds faeces.
This fungus has been found in 84% of samples taken from roosts.
SOLUTION: Our dedicated team is trained to assist in your health and safety maintenance, where these birds are present.
Pigeons are unlike any other bird, having a built in receptor which causes them to return to their place of birth, no matter how far removed.
Our programme consists of a cleanup with a unique disinfecting process which removes bacteria and harmful elements from your premises and naturally
discourages new bird influx to your site.
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