Did you know that there are more than 300 species of columbidae in the world? Among them are the many pigeons that live in New South Wales and throughout Australia. Although a large number of Aussies like to raise, race and enter them into competitions, there is a dark side to the birds. When left in the wild to their own devices, they can damage property and spread diseases. The ongoing pigeon paramyovirus outbreaks (PPMV1) are just one example.
Just in case you’re not familiar with PPMV1, humans have been aware of it at least since 2011. It is believed to have originated in Victoria and by the summer of 2012, it had spread to New South Wales. At this point, it appears that the potentially deadly virus is only transferred from bird to bird. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t mutate and spread to humans or other animals in the future.
Sadly, PPMV1, by far, isn’t the sole disease passed on by pigeons. They’ve also been known to transfer ornithosis, cryptococcosis and caver’s disease, via contact with their fecal matter, to humans. All three diseases are potentially deadly. The first one is bacterial in nature and the other two are fungal in origin.
In addition, pigeons’ fecal matter can do more than just transfer disease, look unsightly and smell offensive. Because it is inherently corrosive, it can remove paint and eat through various materials (e.g. plastic and wood) too. Furthermore, pigeon droppings, and their nesting materials, are also known to block ventilation systems, clog machinery and cause drainage systems to fail.
Of course the nesting material can also pose a fire hazard, attract vermin and harbor parasitic insects, like lice and mites. The lice and mites, by the way, can also be transferred to humans. Although not considered to be deadly, the insects can cause skin irritation and other unpleasant health issues to develop.
With all of that in mind, when pigeons become a nuisance, it is important to seek professional help from a company that specializes in pest and bird management. At Compass Pest Management, we are well versed in the latest pigeon control methods. So we can help in various ways, like installing physical and visual deterrents. To learn more about those bird management solutions and others, please contact us at Compass Pest Management today.