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The Perils of Pigeons: A Guide to Health Risks and Prevention

Pigeons and health: know the risks

Pigeons are everywhere, and for many of us, they're just another part of our daily lives. We see them perched on buildings, pecking at scraps on the sidewalk, and cooing in the park. But did you know pigeons can pose a serious health risk to humans? That's right - these seemingly harmless birds can carry and transmit several diseases, some of which can be fatal. 

Let’s explore the health hazards associated with pigeons and understand how Rentokil PCI’s Bird Pro Service can be beneficial for you.

So buckle up, and get ready to learn why those feathered friends above might not be so friendly after all.

Health Hazards of Pigeons

Pigeons can carry and transmit several diseases, some of which can be fatal to humans. Here are a few of the health hazards associated with pigeons:

1. Histoplasmosis: 

Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection caused by inhaling spores from bird droppings. Pigeon droppings can contain Histoplasma Capsulatum, the fungus that causes this disease. Symptoms of histoplasmosis can range from mild to severe and can include fever, cough, chest pain, and fatigue.

2. Cryptococcosis: 

Cryptococcosis is another fungal infection that can be transmitted through pigeon droppings. Like histoplasmosis, it can be fatal in severe cases. Symptoms of cryptococcosis can include fever, headache, and a stiff neck.

3. Salmonellosis: 

Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection transmitted through contact with pigeon droppings or feathers. Symptoms of salmonellosis can include diarrhoea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

4. E. Coli: 

Pigeons can carry E. coli bacteria in their faeces, which can cause serious gastrointestinal illness in humans.

The list does not end here! These are just some of the diseases that Pigeons can cause in humans. There are several more dangerous diseases that pest birds can spread.

Why Pest Bird Control Services are Important

Given the health hazards associated with pigeons, it's essential to take steps to control their populations and prevent them from roosting in areas where they can pose a risk to human health. 

Rentokil PCI’s Bird Pro service offers multiple humane solutions for controlling pest birds. Some of these include installing bird-proofing measures, such as netting or spikes, to prevent pigeons from roosting on buildings and other structures. This helps to keep pigeons away from areas where they can pose a risk to human health.

Pigeons may seem harmless, but they can pose serious health risks to humans. Histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, salmonellosis, and E. coli are just a few of the diseases that can be transmitted through pigeon droppings. Pest bird control services are essential for protecting public health and preventing the spread of disease. Contact Rentokil PCI today to learn more about how Bird Pro services can protect your property and your health.

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