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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!

What to Do When You See a Skunk

Skunks, although calm and non-threatening animals, are one of the most avoided animals in America. These animals live in all of the 50 American states and once in a while, they may be seen wandering around public and residential areas. These small, furry animals may not be as dangerous as bears or snakes but they have the ability to make your entire home smell horrendous for weeks. Here, we will list down tips on what to do when you (unfortunately) run into a skunk:

  1. Do your best to avoid the animal – skunks are nocturnal animals, which simply mean that they are more active at night. If you think that a skunk is lurking around, just try to avoid doing outdoor activities after dark so you can minimize the risk of running into one. Skunk removal experts recommend that you walk your dog before the sun comes down to avoid any encounters.
  2. Do not threaten the skunk – skunks only spray when they feel threatened. If you run into a skunk, do not try to go near it nor should you attempt to kill it. The best course of action when you find yourself in this situation is to simply back away as slowly and as quietly as possible. Any sudden movements and loud noises can easily startle the skunk. Skunks may occasionally approach people simply because they can’t see them. These critters are extremely near-sighted so they may not see you when you’re far away. If a skunk is approaching you, try talking in a low voice, this makes the skunk aware of your presence and may actually make it walk away.
  3. Notice the signs of a threatened skunk – before spraying, skunks will usually prepare by raising its tail, exposing its spraying glands. It will stomp its front legs on the ground while facing away from you. If you see these signs, again, try to back away slowly and quietly.
  4. Call wildlife removal experts – If a skunk has entered you property, do everything you can to avoid it until wild animal removal services Do not attempt to scare it off or you may increase the risk of getting sprayed.
Skunk Removal
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As with all kinds of wild animal encounters, it is always best to consult wildlife exclusion and removal professionals. DIY skunk repellents and other methods of skunk removal may be ineffective if done without using the proper equipment.

For any problems regarding skunks and other wild animals, feel free to call us and we will gladly help.

What to Do When You See a Skunk
Illiana Wildlife Services – Northwest Indiana
(219) 464 – 7966