Bird watching can be an incredibly fulfilling hobby that provides a sense of relaxation and adventure. However, most Oklahoma business owners and homeowners haven’t stopped to think about the potential damages that can be caused by unwelcome roosting or nesting. In fact, each year pest birds are responsible for tens of millions of dollars in damage across the nation.
Bird droppings contain uric acid which is highly corrosive to a wide variety of materials. Over time, these droppings have the potential to discolor paint, damage roofing, clog gutters, short-circuit valuable electrical equipment and eat away concrete and metal. For this reason, bird droppings that are left on surfaces for prolonged periods are the biggest factor contributing to damage. When wet, bird droppings have also been known to create potential slip and fall injuries.
The nesting habits of birds can also be particularly devastating to a business or home. When an eave or roof of a structure is determined to be a suitable home by birds, structural damage becomes a likely scenario. Over time, the bird will begin modifying the structure to better accommodate the nest by destroying roofing.
Because of their extensive traveling and food gathering methods, birds are also a potential carrier of harmful parasites. The introduction of birds on your property will also likely mean the arrival of mites, ticks and fleas that they have been transporting. However, these aren’t the only potential health threats caused by birds.
Health Threats Associated with Bird Infestation
The migratory behaviors of birds make them an excellent vector for a wide variety of viruses and diseases. This can cause problems in areas that contain heavy amounts of droppings because the virus is still active in dried droppings. If the droppings are disturbed, inhalation can cause detrimental health problems including:
- – Histoplasmosis
- – Meningitis
- – Salmonella
- – Paratyphoid
- – Avian Flu
- – Toxoplasmosis
The removal of a bird nest without the appropriate precautions can also expose an individual to these viruses or diseases. It is important to utilize the proper safety equipment required to safely remove a nest.
For this reason, it is recommended that homeowners or business owners utilize the services of a professional.