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Wildlife removal experts are warning homeowners in Northern Virginia that bird infestations are putting residents at risk for up to 60 different illnesses – some causing mild symptoms, while some being fatal. The most common of these include Histoplasmosis and Salmonellosis, which can be cured quickly with the proper treatment. But there are also more life-threatening diseases that can be contracted including Avian Flu that can become critical very quickly.

If you are experiencing a bird infestation, there is a lot at risk in terms of your health. Birds cannot be dealt with in the same way as most nuisance wildlife – traps and poisons are simply unviable options to deal with this problem as the importance of birds to our environment is very vast. They disperse seeds, recycle nutrients, and pollinate plants to name a few. In situations like this it is best to turn to professionals who can humanely and efficiently solve your bird control issues. At Hawkeye Bird Control Inc. We utilize the sport of falconry and birds of prey to effectively disperse large flocks of birds and deter them from returning to the same area. We also use equipment such as pyrotechnics, spikes, netting, and professional bird barrier equipment to prevent a problem like this happening again in the future. If you would like to find out more about what we can do for you, visit our website at  But first lets discuss some of the contraction methods and symptoms of the more prevalent illnesses that can be contracted from birds/bird droppings.

Let start with Histoplasmosis. What is Histoplasmosis?
The fungus, Histoplasma is found mostly in soil harbouring a high percentage of bird droppings. A single fungus produces billions and billions of microscopic spores in a matter of months which become air-borne, allowing them to be inhaled or ingested easily and unknowingly by humans. When thousands of fungi are producing this quantity of spores, there are far more in the air you’re breathing than you could ever imagine. This infection can have an onset of symptoms which highly resemble the common flu. Chest pain, muscle pain, joint pain, fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, and overall fatigue. If you are experiencing these symptoms and you have recently been in an area with a bird infestation, you should definitely get yourself checked out. If the initial infection goes untreated, there is a possibility that you may get better without treatment, but depending on the quantity of spores ingested and the condition of your immune system, a more chronic serious disease can ensue.  This could lead to low blood pressure, swelling of the spleen/liver, and gastrointestinal bleeding – Histoplasmosis may also cause death in more severe cases.

Another common illness very prevalent in areas with large bird infestations is Salmonellosis. What is Salmonellosis?
The bacterium Salmonella has many different species that can affect both birds and humans. This infection is usually contracted by contaminated food/water. This goes for not only dairy and meat products, but fruits and vegetables that are incorrectly washed can have traces of salmonella through the manure they were grown in. Salmonella can also be contracted by coming in contact with wild birds/feces in which cause the bacteria can enter your body when you touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or ears with unwashed hands. Indications that you have an infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, cramps, and bloody stool. If you are noticing any of these symptoms, they do normally go away within a few days, but if they last any longer, a doctor should be contacted. If a salmonella infection spreads to your blood stream the tissues around your brain, spinal cord, heart, heart valves, bones, bone marrow, and the lining of your blood vessels could become infected and lead to very serious disease.

Avian Flu is a disease that can be contracted easily from bird to bird and bird to human, but does not transfer from human to human very easily. What is Avian Flu?
Avian Flu is caused by the Influenza virus A – also known as H5N1. This virus has killed over 60% of humans who have contracted it, and it is almost always deadly to birds. This virus is mostly transferred to humans through close contact with bird droppings, including inhalation or physical contact. Early symptoms of Avian Flu can present as the common flu, so it is always important to get yourself checked out as these symptoms can quickly escalate into a severe respiratory disease which could also spread to your digestive tract or even your brain.

Learn more about Bird Control and Bird Removal, as well as preventing bird infestation here or call our 24/7 line toll free at (855) 393-4295.


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