While removing birds from your property can be beneficial, it’s important to take the proper safety precautions when handling bird nests and droppings. Bird-related items can carry disease-causing pathogens, parasites and bacteria that pose health risks to humans.
Following these safety tips will help keep you safe during your bird removal process:
Wear personal protective equipment
At a minimum, wear gloves, a particulate respirator or dust mask, and eyewear to prevent direct contact with any potentially contaminated materials.
Wash hands thoroughly
Use soap and water to wash your hands any time you handle anything exposed to birds. Carry hand sanitizer for use between washings.
Clean and disinfect any surfaces that bird droppings or nesting material may have touched using a bleach solution or EPA-registered disinfectant.
Ventilate the area well
Open windows and run HVAC fans to circulate fresh air and reduce airborne particles during and after removal work.
Contain debris properly
Place removed nests and droppings in sealable plastic bags for disposal. Double bag for added protection.
Avoid stirring up dust
Limit activities that can aerosolize droppings and spread particles into the air. Keep dust to a minimum.
Get vaccinated for diseases
Consider vaccinations for diseases like histoplasmosis and psittacosis that birds can transmit, especially if performing high-risk removal work.
Use caution with dead birds
Avoid handling any dead birds you find. Call professionals for safe removal to minimize disease exposure.
Consider hiring pros
For large infestations, removing droppings from hard-to-reach areas, or removal of protected bird species, professionals have the proper equipment, training and permits to perform the job safely.
By following these precautions, you can safely and effectively remove problem birds from your property. But keep in mind that residual contamination may remain, especially in hidden areas. Continue to clean and disinfect thoroughly after removal to minimize future health risks. And always use caution when handling any bird-related items going forward.
With the right safety measures and professional help if needed, you can resolve your bird issue while protecting yourself and your family during the removal process.