Note to Our Customers: Our number one priority at Trutech Wildlife Service is protecting the safety of our employees and customers. Our work has been designated as an essential service by the Homeland Security Office and we will maintain our commitment of providing service to our customers. Services will be conducted focusing on the exterior of homes and businesses. If inside service is critical, we are practicing appropriate social distancing to ensure the safety of our employees and customers.
Common Bird Diseases
Certain bird diseases can be caught by humans. While most do not pose a significant threat, some require medical intervention. The most common bird-transmitted infections include cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, and avian tuberculosis. Each of these diseases usually results from the feces of infected birds being ingested or inhaled.
Problems Caused by Bird-borne Diseases
Large groups of roosting birds leave an accumulation of smelly, messy droppings. This should concern homeowners, as the pests’ feces may carry dangerous pathogens. For instance, when inhaled, Histoplasma mold causes flu-like symptoms and can be fatal if untreated. Cryptococcosis, an illness caused similar to meningitis, is another fungal disease humans can catch from exposure to waste or old nests. Usually spread through contaminated food or water, avian tuberculosis can be debilitating to those with autoimmune deficiencies. Finally, food poisoning caused by salmonellosis is one of the more common diseases humans can catch from birds.
Controlling Nuisance Birds
Each bird disease is uniquely dangerous, but proper sanitation and cleaning can help keep them at bay. Homeowners with problem starlings, pigeons, sparrows, swallows, and geese should contact the trained wildlife professionals at Trutech. Proper removal of infestations can help limit the spread of bird diseases.