Pest birds like pigeons can often be overlooked, but it is important to know that besides being nuisance, these birds can also be a health risk to your customers and employees. From diseases associated with their droppings to parasites that use pest birds to hitch a ride. Here is what every business owner needs to know about the health risks associated with pest birds.
Common Pest Birds
Though businesses need to worry about a variety of pest birds, the most common species any business may encounter are:
Health Risks Associated With Pest Birds And Their Droppings
Food & Water Contaminated with Bird Feces
The most obvious transmission of bird related diseases is through ingestion of contaminated food or water. This happens when a diseased bird defecates directly into a human food, water source or food handling surfaces and utensils. Besides direct contamination, airborne particles or fragments from drying feces in air ducts and vents can settle on exposed food, food prep surfaces or in utensils and can be transmitted to humans.
Inhalation of Fecal Dust from Bird Droppings
As bird droppings and/or the contaminated soil it rests on, dries and is disturbed, microscopic pieces break off and become airborne. These airborne particles can contain dormant fungi spores and/or bacteria. When breathed into the lungs, the warm, moist environment of the lung lining provides an optimal breeding area for infectious agents.
Direct Contact with Bird Droppings
Direct contact infections can occur when a worker or resident gets fecal dust or droppings in the mouth, nostrils, eyes or an open wound or cut. This can occur when working in an environment where birds roost or gather in large flocks. Possible examples of direct contact situations can include employees associated with HVAC cleaning, roofing, outdoor activities/services, etc.
In order to prevent direct contact infections from exposed droppings, proper personal protection equipment (PPE) must always be used. This is especially the case when working in an area with a heavy pest bird presence.
Slip & Fall Risks
The hazardous nature of bird droppings aren’t just limited to points mentioned above, as the droppings can also be a hazard for those walking on sidewalks. This is because bird droppings on sidewalks, walkways, on steps or even in fire escape routes can pose major fall risks because the droppings tend to be slippery when fresh.
Ectoparasites Associated with Birds
Pest birds harbour ectoparasites like swallow bugs, ticks, fleas, mites and lice. These parasites are not only a biting nuisance, but can also transmit disease pathogens to humans, pets and livestock. In order to transmit the pathogen the parasite does the following:
- The parasite bites an infected animal and sucks in blood containing the germ.
- The germ then multiplies in the bug and when the infected bug bites its next victim it passes along the germ to the new victim. This occurs because parasites inject some of their germ-loaded saliva into the host when feeding. Over forty types of parasites live either on the birds, in their nests or in the places they roost.
Common Types Of Pest Bird Diseases
- St. Louis Encephalitis (Most Serious Risk)
- Western Equine Encephalitis
- New Castle’s Disease
- H1N1 / Bird Flu
- E. coli
If you have concerns about pest birds impacting your business, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional. Orkin Canada’s team of bird control specialists are well trained and equipped to effectively identify and manage any pest bird issue. Contact your local Orkin Canada branch today!
Find your local branch
National coverage, local expertise. With over 30 branches across Canada, our neighbourhood technicians have an in-depth knowledge of your local area, anywhere in the country.
You may also like
How To Get Rid Of Flies
With warmer weather around the corner, Orkin Canada is prepared for the pests that come with the warmer weather and melting snow. Everyone is looking forward to flowers blooming, birds chirping, and flies coming in through the open door. Oh wait, not that last one! Flies are a nuisance that no one likes buzzing around inside their home or business. There are many different species of flies; however, they all can cause a threat to your peace of mind, while some are a threat to your health and wellbeing inside your home or business. Whether its cluster flies, house flies, or fruit flies, at Orkin Canada we have 70+ years of expert advice on how to get rid of these unwanted pests. These flies do not stand a chance up against the Orkin Canada technician.
Top 7 Pests Predicted To Trend In 2022
From mosquitoes and wildlife to ticks and flies, being prepared for spring and summer pests can have an impact on how enjoyable your time outdoors will be. Do not worry you are not alone, as the experienced team at Orkin Canada is there to help you prepare. After doing thorough research, we have put together a comprehensive list on the top 7 pests expected to trend in the summer of 2022. This list will provide an in-depth look at the impact that pests will have on your home or business, along with also providing easy to use preventative tips.
100 Facts About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are peculiar. It’s not surprising these creepy creatures sparked panic among their human hosts, who found themselves fed upon in the dark of the night while seemingly safe in their beds. For a time, people felt like they could escape the pests by the light of day. That’s until bed bugs started showing up in offices. And in retail centers. And theaters. And libraries. Though it sounds like a Hitchcockian horror movie, it’s just a typical day’s work for your Orkin Canada technician. From our learnings, we rounded up 100 facts about bed bugs! To give you a little preview of some of these bed bug facts, we've listed 10 interesting facts from our top 100.
4 Easy Tips To Pest Proof Your Garden
Spring is the perfect time to get the garden tools out and start getting the garden box ready to grow some vegetables and your favourite flowers. You might do this every year, or this is your first attempt at gardening, regardless of your experience level, we're here to help you keep pests out. Our experienced Ph.d. entomologist Alice Sinia has put together a few easy and simple tips keep your garden pest free.