No person would ever tolerate a large amount of rats living in their basement. However, these same people would allow a flock of pigeons to live on their house or nearby. There is a harsh reality that a large percentage of the general public is not aware of. In terms of damage and disease, these birds are virtually the same as rats. A pigeon is basically a rat with wings. If they are nesting in or around your home, this is how you should treat them.
Pigeons are excellent mechanisms for the spreading of diseases. This is because they are able to host more than sixty different varieties of parasites and they travel long distances. These parasites can harm pets and humans alike. The good news is that humans do not have much interaction with most of the bird species that pose major health risks. The bad news is that these birds have successfully adapted to living in urban areas. This makes their exposure to humans much greater than it should be. They have learned to thrive by eating human food and living on our buildings. Pigeons typically perch on ledges, loaf on roof tops or nest in eves.
How does a pigeon spread disease?
There are five types of infectious diseases commonly spread by birds; rickettsial, mycotic (fungal), viruses, protozoal and bacteria. A pigeon can have an association with all five of these in the following ways: the disease is living inside a parasite that is carried by the birds; the disease is living in the environment that the bird lives in and it gets spread by the bird’s activities; the disease is living inside the bird and gets spread every time the bird defecates. If we understand the ways that a bird can harbor these diseases, we can also understand the following ways that a human can catch these diseases:
1. Water and food that has been contaminated by feces
2. Inhaling fecal dust
3. Direct contact with feces
4. Contact with parasites that are associated with a pigeon (mites, fleas, ticks and others)
It is important to understand that even doing something as simple as picking up the droppings of a pigeon could put you in harm’s way. If you happen to breath in some of the fungus that commonly grows on the pigeon’s feces, you could get a disease called histoplasmosis. It usually takes high amounts of exposure for an infection to occur. So if you have an attic filled with pigeon feces, don’t attempt to clean it yourself.
Get a professional
Pigeon control is not something you want to try on your own. The consequences of getting infected with one of the diseases mentioned above could be devastating for you or a member of your family. Fortunately, we can help you if you ever have a bird problem. We specialize in pigeon control in Las Vegas and Henderson. We are fully licensed to perform bird removal and our reputation in the industry is stellar. So if you have some birds that are a nuisance and you live in the Las Vegas or Henderson areas, contact us today for a professional solution. Get protected. Get Intrusion Pest Control. 702-280-4549