Birds are everywhere and unfortunately they are not judicial on where and when they poop. When birds poop in one area that is accessible by humans, bird poop removal and in some cases a thorough bird poop clean up is required. Roosting areas are especially problematic due to the large accumulations resulting from continuous occupation. These areas need bird dropping clean up on a regular basis.
Everyone has heard of the bird flu and the possibility of it breaking out in the US.
Unfortunately, there’s more than just bird flu to be worried about. There are over 60 other diseases that birds and their droppings can carry. The problem is especially worrisome in residential areas, as many of them are airborne and can be transferred to humans just by being around droppings.
Examples of transmissible bird diseases associated with pigeons, geese, starling and house sparrows:
— Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease that may be fatal. It results from a fungus growing in dried bird droppings.
— Candidiasis is a yeast or fungus infection spread by pigeons. The disease affects the skin, the mouth, the respiratory system, the intestines and the urogenital tract. It is a growing problem for women, causing itching, pain and discharge.
— Cryptococcosis is caused by yeast found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. The illness often begins as a pulmonary disease and may later affect the central nervous system. Since attics, cupolas, ledges, schools, offices, warehouses, mills, barns, park buildings, signs, etc. are typical roosting and nesting sites, the fungus is apt to found in these areas.
— St. Louis Encephalitis, an inflammation of the nervous system, usually causes drowsiness, headache and fever. It may even result in paralysis, coma or death. St. Louis encephalitis occurs in all age groups, but is especially fatal to persons over age 60. The disease is spread by mosquitoes which have fed on infected house sparrow, pigeons and house finches carrying the Group B virus responsible for St. Louis encephalitis.
— Salmonellosis often occurs as “food poisoning” and can be traced to pigeons, starlings and sparrows. The disease bacteria are found in bird droppings; dust from droppings can be sucked through ventilators and air conditioners, contaminating food and cooking surfaces in restaurants, homes and food processing plants.
— E.coli. Cattle carry E. coli 0157:H7. When birds peck on cow manure, the E. coli go right through the birds and the bird droppings can land on or in a food or water supply.
Besides being direct carriers of disease, nuisance birds are frequently associated with over 50 kinds of ectoparasites, which can work their way throughout structures to infest and bite humans. About two-thirds of these pests may be detrimental to the general health and well-being of humans and domestic animals. The rest are considered nuisance or incidental pests. A few examples of ectoparasites include:
— Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) may consume up to five times their own weight in blood drawn from hosts which include humans and some domestic animals. In any extreme condition, victims may become weak and anemic. Pigeons, starlings and house sparrows are known to carry bed bugs.
— Chicken mites (Dermanyssus gallinae) are known carriers of encephalitis and may also cause fowl mite dermatitis and acariasis. While they subsist on blood drawn from a variety of birds, they may also attack humans. They have been found on pigeons, starlings and house sparrows.
— Yellow mealworms (Tenebrio molitor), perhaps the most common beetle parasites of people in the United States, live in pigeon nests. It is found in grain or grain products, often winding up in breakfast cereals, and may cause intestinal canthariasis and hymenolespiasis.
— West Nile Virus while West Nile is technically not transmitted to humans from birds, humans can get infected by the bite of a mosquito who has bitten an infected bird. The obvious lesson is that the fewer birds there are in any given area, the better. This translates into a smaller chance of an infected bird in that area, a smaller chance of a mosquito biting an infected bird and then biting a human.
What is the bird dropping removal process?
Mantis Environmental can safely remove and sanitize bird dropping impacted areas. We can work around schedules by conducting projects after hours and weekends as needed.
Engineering controls are used to minimize the particulates getting airborne. These include isolation, through containments well as wetting with specific agents.
Mantis uses negative air filtration to control the particulates stirred up during the process and ensuring that they do not migrate outside of the work area.
The bird poop clean up is conducted with vacuum that are equipped with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.
Waste is properly containerized in DOT containers and disposed of through permitted facilities.
Below are some examples of typical projects.
Bird dropping removal project at a large high school.
Bird dropping removal from the interior of an elevated sign.