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Health Aspects of Pigeon Droppings.

   Most of us, from our childhood years, learned to appreciate wildlife and birds. But the fact remains that this species of bird known as the feral pigeon or "wild" pigeon has a strong potential for disease. This pigeon is legally classified as a "pest animal", not a "protected" animal due to the concerns for public health problems.

   There are numerous Health and Safety hazards associated with pigeon droppings and their roosting sites on or within a building. Among the diseases it can transmit and carry are encephalitis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella poisoning and histoplasmosis. Histoplasma Capsulatum is an organism transmitted in pigeon droppings through spores. This causes fungal infection known as Histoplasma. In fact the "dust" from large accumulations of dried pigeon droppings can be sucked into air-intake units and air conditioning units, posing a potential health hazard. Therefore, clean up and removal of pigeon waste must be handled with proper safety procedures.

   Damages to buildings can be enormous due to the highly acidic uric acid found in pigeon droppings. Air-conditioning units, air ducts, roof tops and walkways are all affected by their nesting sites. These nesting sites can harbor many PARASITES such as; lice, fleas, mites, ticks, bed bugs and carpet beetles. When a family of pigeons find a nesting site they will begin to breed and populate very quickly.

   As we become more knowledgeable with regard to the feral pigeon, you can see why this problem must be addressed. Our intention is not to eliminate the pigeon but control their numbers and nesting areas.