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Bird Control at Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

  • March 13, 2019

Consistent with rodent and insect mitigation, bird control at hospitals and health care facilities is a critical component for maintaining a clean and disease free environment for patients.

Hospital facility managers may not always be aware of the range of problems pest birds can cause until it is too late. The most common pest birds – pigeons, starlings and sparrows – are most frequently found on a hospital roof, in parking structures and facility entry points.

Without effective bird control, the health care facility can soon have a serious infectious disease problem. With the bird control services, there will be no more nuisance and undesirable nesting.

A flock of just 100 birds excretes approximately 4,800 pounds of waste annually. Pest birds are known to carry bacteria, viruses, fungus, internal and external parasites – even bedbugs. More than 60 different diseases are known to be transmissible to people and have been documented in pigeons alone.

One of the most often under-diagnosed diseases commonly transmitted by pigeons is histoplasmosis, a lung infection caused by spores that thrive in accumulated pigeon feces and can easily become airborne.

Histoplasmosis spores that find their way through rooftop air handling systems are very effectively distributed through the hospital ventilation system and put patients and employees at risk.

John Brace

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