Do Pigeon Droppings Pose a Health Risk to the General Public?

November 9, 2016

 

 

As you might have noticed in your town, pigeons tend to group together and form large numbers in public areas. While these creatures are generally harmless and will usually try to avoid direct human contact, there is one consideration for those living or working in areas where pigeons gather. Pigeon droppings can have a significant impact on a person’s general health. In this latest post, we’ll look at this impact in more detail and provide insight on how to mitigate the associated health risks.

 

The Health Risks

 

Pigeon droppings carry significant health risks to the general public. These health risks include the transmission of disease such as the following:

  • Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis is a disease that is caused by a fungus growing on pigeon droppings. The disease starts with an infection, which may begin after a person inhales elements of the fungus when trying to remove droppings from their property. The disease, as it progresses can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, chest pain, and fever.

  • Cryptococcosis

Cryptococcosis is a disease that predominantly comes from soil structures that have been impacted by pigeon droppings. The disease affects those with compromised immune systems and weakens the person’s health over a prolonged period of time.

 

How to Protect Your Family Against the Health Hazards Caused by Pigeons

 

Now that you have a clear understanding of the potential dangers that pigeon droppings can bring to the average Edmonton property, you’re likely wondering how you can counteract the problem. The following are tips provided by our professionals to ensure pigeons stay away from your home or business:

  • Dispose of garbage around the area on a regular basis

  • Seal small cracks that allow pigeons inside roofs and attic spaces

  • Screen-off water sources that attract pigeons

  • Remove roosting areas and choose angled building features over flat surfaces

Call Professionals to Help with Pigeon Control

 

While there are steps you can take to make sure you and your family are protected against the diseases spread through pigeon droppings, it’s important to work with professionals in resolving the problem. Only professionals can ensure that droppings are cleaned and pigeons removed without any further potential danger to those in the surrounding area.

Our team here at Harlow Pest Control is available now to guide you in protecting your property against the issues caused by pigeons. To learn more, call us today.

 

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