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Forward Thinking Pest Control

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Forward Thinking Pest Control

EHS Pest Control

RI, MA EHS Pest Control Blog

Smithfield, RI - The general public's affection toward birds translates into a serious underestimation of the health risks & damage associated with pest birds. People who would never tolerate a colony of rats living in their home or businesses will turn a blind eye towards pest birds entrenched in/on their property. Yet, in terms of disease and damage, the two pests are quite similar. In order to better understand how nuisance birds (or rats for that matter) spread disease & cause damage we need to understand birds are in fact pests when they interfere with our homes and businesses.

Fortunately, human interaction with most bird species is minimal, thus drastically reducing any health threat from most birds. However a few bird species have successfully adapted to our urban environment. The pigeon, starling and house sparrow have learned to thrive living in our buildings and eating our food. They have adapted to our communities and this has brought them into close contact with humans. These three non-native birds have become a major nuisance in our cities and they pose serious risks. As a wildlife specialist for EHS I really hope that people will begin to take these pests seriously. We offer humane structural modification systems that deter birds from your buildings. Below I listed how these pests cause disease transmission & damage.  

  • Food & Water Contaminated with Feces
  • Inhalation of Fecal Dust (histoplasmosis is what almost killed Bob Dylan!)
  • Direct Contact with Feces
  • Associated Parasites (Pest birds harbor ticks, fleas, mites and other ectoparasites)
  • Slip & Fall Risk/Liability From Droppings
  • Damage From Droppings (acidity eats away surfaces)
  • Poor Public Perception (dropping covered stores/signage)
  • Fires From Nesting Materials In Lighting/Electrical Fixtures
  • Structural Damage From Flooding (nesting + droppings clogging drains)

Justin McDavid
Wildlife Control Specialist

Super Service Award 2017