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Health Hazards Caused By Birds

When we think about birds, we usually imagine peaceful, magnificent creatures of flight incapable of causing any kind of trouble to us, humans. While birds are indeed beautiful creatures, the mess they leave behind is not something to be happy about. Birds are great at crafting their nests but unfortunately, they aren’t so great at doing it in a clean and orderly fashion. They will definitely leave behind nest materials (dried leaves, twigs, etc.). Their nests can also block gutters and downpipes. Bird control can be difficult if done by amateurs, as some bird flocks are extremely stubborn.

Bird Flock
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Diseases Carried by Birds

For business owners though, the nests aren’t the main cause of concern when it comes to bird infestations. Bird droppings and the diseases that they may carry are the main reasons why people want to get rid of birds as soon as possible. Below is the list of some of the diseases carried by birds:

  • E. Coli – this disease is mainly found in cows, but birds can become carriers if they peck on cow feces. Birds spread this disease through their droppings.
  • Avian Pox – birds infected by Avian Pox can be identified by the large “warts” that usually grow on the featherless parts of birds.
  • Salmonella – salmonella is a bacteria found in bird droppings that can cause diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps in humans. Transmission usually happens if someone consumes anything that has been infected by a bird’s fecal matter.
  • Cryptococcosis – this fungus can be found inside a bird’s intestinal tract. Transmission usually happens through inhalation. It initially starts as a lung infection which can eventually travel to the central nervous system.
  • Aspergillosis – Aspergillosis is a respiratory disease that is fatal to birds and can be transmitted to humans. Transmission happens when they inhale large amounts of Aspergillosis spores.
  • Trichomoniasis – this disease causes wounds on the throat of the infected bird, which makes it difficult for them to consume food. During the advanced stages of the disease, the bird will be unable to breathe.

These diseases are transferrable to humans. Business owners who value the health of their customers and employees do everything they can to prevent such diseases from spreading, especially if the business is in the food and health industry.

How to Get Rid of Nuisance Birds

If you notice nuisance birds near your area, notify bird control experts immediately. Some species are protected by the law so avoid harming unidentified birds that come along. Wildlife control workers can identify the birds and employ the most effective bird control methods for the situation. The experts here at Illiana Wildlife Services have years of experience in humane animal control. If your family or business is experiencing any bird-related problem, call us today!

Buyer Beware!

I just had an interesting thing happened to me twice in one week. Two different cities, two different nuisance animals, same frustrated customers, same results in the end.

The first call was raccoons in an attic in Hammond Indiana. He had been dealing with these raccoons for months, and had already paid two other nuisance companies to remove them, unsuccessfully. They were pretty smart raccoons. It took some creativity to get the job done. It actually involved hanging a trap on the side of the mansard roof. It took us a couple days but we got the job done. The customer was pretty ecstatic, his only regret, as he said, was not calling us first. The kicker was one of the companies who charged him more than 3 times what we charged to remove the raccoons and then they didn’t do the job.

raccoons in an attic in Hammond Indiana
Raccoons in an attic in Hammond Indiana

The second job had very similar circumstances. We got a call for squirrel removal in Valparaiso. A different two companies in the area had already been called out, but were unsuccessful. They caught some squirrels, but the customers kept hearing them. Let’s be honest. If you have an animal problem where the animals are entering your home but you can’t find where they are getting in, you aren’t doing your job at all. In this case, the hole was at the top of a gable roof and the house was already two stories high. I needed to get a longer ladder to fix the problem, but was happy to do so. I wouldn’t have been doing my job if I hadn’t.

What’s this all boil down to? Neither of these jobs were easy. Both of them took a couple of extra days to complete. I don’t do as well profit wise on a job that takes extra days obviously, but I would never even consider leaving a job incomplete or with animals still in an attic. Maybe that is why our customers love us and are completely comfortable referring us to friends and family members with animal problems.

Just today, we received a referral from a previous customer where we got raccoons out of her attic in Merrillville IN a few weeks ago. Always makes me feel good when that happens.

There are no two similar jobs. Each customer problem is unique. If you don’t have the guts and patience to see it through the end, then you shouldn’t be in this business in the first place.