Seeing birds around your home, shed, or office building isn’t usually any cause for concern. As a matter of fact, they can be a beautiful sight when at your backyard feeder or bird bath. But problems can arise when they take up unwelcomed permanent residence in your property.
You may be surprised to learn that some diseases, internal parasites and other pests can – and are – spread to human by birds. Birds are able to disseminate diseases like chlamydiosis, salmonellosis, tuberculosis, histoplasmosis, Newcastle’s, and many more; they also carry and spread internal parasites such as acariasis, toxoplasmosis, and taeniasis. What’s more, birds have been known to distribute household pests, including bed bugs, lice, mites, and ticks – just to name a few.
How do humans get affected? By coming into contact with bird droppings, decomposed droppings mixed in soil, or nesting areas. In addition to the physical health risks, bird droppings speed up the deterioration of buildings, give off a bad odor, kill off vegetation, and are unattractive when accumulated on benches, pathways, window sills, and cars.
So, if you have uninvited feathered friends living in your property, it’s important to ensure they’re safely removed.