Diseases and Parasites Spread by Birds, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on diseases and parasites that can be spread to humans. Known as zoologic diseases, there are over 60 such conditions that can spread from birds to people – and the best way to prevent this is by controlling bird presence on your property.

At A-1 Exterminators, we’re here to help. We offer a wide range of bird control solutions, including serving as a licensed Bird Barrier dealer in Utah and providing some of the industry’s pest bird prevention products. Whether you’re looking to protect your property from damage, you and your family from potential disease risk or some combination therein, we’ll help you assess your needs and determine the ideal bird control solutions. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few other parasites and conditions we help avoid, plus a quick word on one condition that tends to spark some confusion in this realm.

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Salmonellosis and Related Conditions

There are a group of similar conditions known as salmonellosis, cryptosporidiosis and campylobacteriosis that are all generally brought to humans through contact or accidental ingestion or fecal material. They can also be caused by consuming undercooked meat or egg products from infected birds.

These conditions aren’t as large a risk when it comes to preventing birds on your property, but they do exist. If you notice diarrhea or discolored bird droppings in your area, it could be a sign that birds infected with one of these conditions are nearby.

Allergic Reactions

In many cases, those with significant exposure to birds may develop allergic reactions to various avian proteins. This takes place through a combination of inhalation and contact with skin, eyes or mucous, with allergens spreading through things like dander, feathers, urine and any contaminated areas.

While most such allergic reactions take place in those who handle birds or live in avian environments, they are possible for property owners as well. In such cases, simply avoiding the allergens altogether by preventing birds from invading the property is vital.

West Nile Virus

Finally, we wanted to leave a note on West Nile virus, a well-known condition that has infected millions of people over the years. You may have heard that West Nile virus can infect birds – this is true in certain cases, such as poultry and other birds, but these birds are not able to infect humans consequently. Rather, human infections of West Nile virus come from the bites of infected mosquitoes; while birds are a risk for many other parasites or diseases, this is not actually one of them.

For more on the diseases and parasites you avoid by preventing birds on your property, or to learn about any of our pest control or exterminator services, speak to the staff at A-1 Exterminators today.