What implications can birds cause to human health?
One of the biggest needs for bird control throughout a facility lies in the potential for birds to spread harmful disease and illness. From bird flu to salmonella, birds can spread harmful diseases that may simultaneously harm a business’ reputation if an outbreak occurs.
Viruses spread by birds include:
- Avian flu
- Monkey pox
Disease is generally contracted through…
- Inhaling pathogenic particulates. Bird excrement is most dangerous in fine dust form. Contaminated excrement dust typically enters a facility through air handling equipment. This means it’s even more important to keep rooftops and equipment free from bird droppings on the outside as well as the inside of the facility.
- Direct contact. Diseases can be spread when bird excrement comes into contact with an open wound or from hand-to-mouth contact after touching materials with bird debris.
- Associated parasites. Bird excrement can harbor parasites such as mites, fleas, ticks and others, all of which can bite humans. Some of these insects can transfer disease as well.
- Food and water contamination. When a diseased bird defecates into human food or water sources, diseases may be transmitted. Airborne spores may travel through air ducts and ventilation systems as well, which can settle on exposed food and drink.
Birds and their droppings have the potential to spread over 60 different types of illnesses. This number means that it’s more important than ever to ensure that your facility is protected against them. The stricter your bird control system , the better.