Bird and Bat Cleanup Can Be Dangerous

Bird and Bat Cleanup Can Be Dangerous

There are many cleanup jobs in your Colorado home or business that you or your employees can easily handle. After all, the majority of cleaning tasks just take a little elbow grease and determination which most can easily handle. But there are times when it’s vital to call in the professionals.

When inspecting areas like attics, cupolas, ledges, barns or similar spaces, you may have noticed that they had become home to birds or bats. Sometimes their droppings accumulate to such a degree that it’s many inches thick. Cleaning these messes is more than just a nuisance. If not dealt with immediately, their feces can cause permanent damage to balconies, roofs, fences, machinery, gardening equipment, ventilation systems and more. They’re also toxic.

Serious health risks are linked to disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and debris. Not only are bird droppings a nasty mess that can be difficult to remove and cause slip-and-fall accidents, but they also harbor numerous human pathogens. This is hazardous waste!

Bird and bat droppings can contain a disease-causing fungus called histoplasmosis. Symptoms of this infection vary greatly, but the disease primarily affects the lungs. If you have a suppressed immune system brought on by disease or by medicine needed to fight aggressive arthritis, you are especially at risk.

For instance, one woman came down with histoplasmosis because of a rheumatoid arthritis drug she was on. She had to take a year’s worth of a very unpleasant tasting drug to kill this thing (plus another medication so that she could keep it down). She acquired the disease through normal daily outside activities (like planting flowers) as histoplasma fungus grows as a mold in the soil and infection can result from breathing in airborne particles. Those without autoimmune diseases aren’t usually affected by those small amounts. But in heavily concentrated areas, anyone could be at risk.

The most severe variety of histoplasmosis occurs primarily in infants and in people with compromised immune systems. Called disseminated histoplasmosis, it can affect nearly any part of your body, including your mouth, liver, central nervous system, skin and adrenal glands. If untreated, disseminated histoplasmosis is usually fatal.

These are examples of other transmissible bird diseases associated with pigeons, geese, starlings, bats and house sparrows:

  • Candidiasis is a yeast or fungus infection that affects the skin, the mouth, the respiratory system, the intestines and the urogenital tract.
  • Cryptococcosis is caused by yeast found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. The illness often begins as a pulmonary disease and may later affect the central nervous system.
  • St. Louis Encephalitis, an inflammation of the nervous system, usually causes drowsiness, headaches and fever. It may even result in paralysis, coma or death.
  • Salmonellosis often occurs as food poisoning. The disease bacteria are found in bird droppings; dust from droppings can be sucked through ventilators and air conditioners, contaminating food and cooking surfaces in your home
  • E.coli infection: It is one of the common infections caused by guano. Symptoms range from stomach pains, cramps, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of appetite or nausea, and vomiting.

So, whether you’re a homeowner, a commercial property owner or manager in the central Colorado area, these are the reasons why a professional hazmat cleanup crew should be called in to handle these situations. At Cyclone Kleen Up we have highly trained technicians who utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including respirators, and professional cleaning materials which will remove bird and bat droppings quickly and efficiently. Once it’s removed, we then disinfect and deodorize the affected areas to protect your health. All droppings are safely removed from your property and disposed of with care.