Birds, Bats and Diseases, Oh My!

Having an invasion of birds of bats in your home can be more than just an inconvenience; it can pose dangerous threats to yourself, your family, and pets. This is due to the many life threatening diseases that can potentially be passed along to humans. If you do unexpectedly encounter a bird or bat in your home always proceed with caution when removing the critter. If you must handle the bird or bat, it’s important to wear gloves and use a box to safely transport the creature outside.

While bats are the most common carrier of rabies in the United States; only around 6% actually carry the rare disease. However once a person is bitten and the rabies symptoms start occurring, the disease is most always fatal. Additionally, bats are known for carrying Histoplasmosis, which is a disease that causes side effects associated with the respiratory system. If left untreated Histoplasmosis is potentially fatal and can spread to more organs. Due to a wide variety of bat species worldwide, some regions are at risk for hemorrhagic fever (Africa), Nipah (Southeast Asia), and Hendra (Australia).

Researchers have discovered that birds and their droppings carry over 60 types of diseases. This can be alarming information for those that are dealing with unwanted birds in their home or building. Some of the most commonly known transmissible bird diseases include Salmonellosis which is found in bird droppings and causes side effects similar to food poisoning. E.coli. is also a common concern for those handling or interacting with wild birds; as this can spread through food or water supply. An infestation of birds in your home can also lead to bed bugs, chicken mites, and mealworms. This is why it’s important to take action with the invasion before any additional issues occur.

Avoid the risks associated with birds and bats by contacting a professional pest control company to execute the removal of the creatures from your home or building. They will be able to identify the species, check for additional infestations, and prevent the situation from occurring again. Many believe that they can only be affected by diseases if bitten by a bird or bat. However droppings, saliva, and secretions can all lead to infections. If you do find yourself bitten by a bird or bat it’s important to immediately seek medical attention.

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