• Diseases live in  the bird's surrounding envrionment and are spread by their lifestyle
  • Birds can harbor parasites, thus diseases can be passed on when they defecate into human food or water source
  • Airborne spores from drying feces in air ducts and vents can settle on exposed food and transfer disease
  • Several thousand cases of food poisioning (Salmonella) every year are attributed to this disease contamination 
  • Bird feces and / or contaminated soil dries or is distrubed
  • Microsopic pieces break off and become airborne
  • The airborne particles can contain dormant fungi and / or bacteria
  • When breathed into the lungs, the warm, moist environment of the lung lining provides a breeding ground for the infectious agents



  • Proper attire and care must always be used when cleaning a bird site or installing bird control products
  • Infection can occur when a resident or worker gets fecal dust or droppings in an open wound or cut
  • This commonly occurs when handling old, rusty, sharp porcupine wire ledge which are covered with bird feces. 
  • If a cut or injury occurs, thorougly wash and disinfect the wound with a sterile bandage to minimize risk of infection.