The dangers of breathing or touching bird feces

There are a lot of reasons to not like a bird around your home or other property, but the biggest of these is the waste that they leave behind. Pigeons are the kinds of animals that carry a large number of diseases and parasites which can pose a health hazard to you and your family. When you consider that these birds travel in large colonies, often dozens at a time, it is easy to see how this can become an even bigger health risk. When these birds gather in a location, it is often to find sources of food for them to be able to eat. They will wander around in a spot, likely remaining for hours on end waiting for additional options for food to arise. This will mean that as they wander around they will release their urine and feces around your yard or other property. This may make you wonder if bird feces is dangerous for you to touch or breathe?

Honestly, the answer to this is that it is most definitely dangerous to you. Pigeons are the carriers of a large number of diseases and parasites as mentioned before. This does not mean that you have to come in contact with the bird to be able to contract them. Often times, when a pigeon releases its waste the bacteria and parasites travel with it is well. If you walk around in an area and come in contact with that feces where your skin is not covered or is exposed you are creating a situation where you can get the parasites or bacteria on you.

You don't even have to come in direct contact with them to put yourself in danger. There are many instances where the feces can become airborne as it dries. When this happens the parasites and bacteria travel with, presenting a situation where they can either become attached to your skin as they are traveling through the air, or where you breathe the material in. In either instance, the parasites can burrow their way into your skin, enter into your bloodstream, and travel to a location in your digestive tract or respiratory system where they can create serious health issues for you.

Bacteria works in the same way. Just by breathing in the material, you allow this bacteria to start to grow in your body where it can pose a serious health risk to you. We often don't think of the health risks that are involved because of how common pigeons are in most areas where people live. In large, metropolitan areas pigeons are everywhere, and often become a part of the everyday existence for most people. However, that does not mean that they are safer you to be around. If you are in an area where there are large numbers of pigeons, it is to your advantage to do all that you can to avoid coming in contact with their feces. Avoid the area to protect your health.

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