COVID-19 and Pests – Important Info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During this time there are lots of questions surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including how it’s spread. As we enter spring, there may be concerns about disease transmission from insects. It is very important to note that coronavirus is not spread by vector pests. The best and most up-to-date resource for information on coronavirus remains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

What are Vector Pests?

Vector pests like ticks and mosquitoes are known to play significant roles in the transmission of many critical diseases. Worldwide, mosquitoes are the leading vectors responsible for the transmission of infections to humans, and are responsible for spreading malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus (WNV), Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), chikungunya, yellow fever and many more. Ticks are responsible for the transmission of the most common vector-borne infection in the United States, Lyme disease, as well as many other infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis.

Common Human Coronaviruses

Common human coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, and are well-known causes of the common cold and flu. There are four main subgroupings of human coronaviruses. The viruses are mainly transmitted through contact with bodily fluid from an infected person by simple acts like coughing and sneezing. Microscopic droplets produced by the infected person can be inhaled by someone nearby (usually within a three to six-foot radius), or they can also be transmitted via contact with a contaminated surface (one that was just coughed upon) and then inadvertently touching one’s face or rubbing one’s eyes, or by sharing utensils.

 

How is COVID-19 Differs

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and now COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) are zoonotic coronaviruses – viruses that have jumped the species barrier from their normal animal hosts to humans. This can happen through direct contact with an infected animal, as well as indirect contact or eating contaminated food. Zoonotic diseases are also very common and once transmitted to humans, they can spread through person-to-person contact as well.

We recommend that you follow the guidelines set by the CDC like proper washing of hands and other sanitizing advice.

 

Sources; CDC, NPMA – pestworld.com

 

 

Are You Having A Pigeon Problem?

Are You Having A Pigeon Problem?

 

Feral pigeons are the number one urban feathered pest, creating a quite a mess and causing damage where they roost. Pigeons are descendants of domesticated European homing pigeons, so they have a varied diet like grain to human takeaway food. Pigeons feel relatively comfortable making their homes in and on man-made structures.

What they look like

Generally blue-grey in color, but can range in a multitude of colors like reds, browns, dark grey feathers on the head and neck. Problem pigeons often have markings in black, white or brown on the wings and neck. A short neck and small head characterize the standard pigeon. Their short legs, hind toes and level front allow for easy perching on pipes and ledges or walking on flat surfaces. Pigeons generally nest in small, flat areas away from the ground such as building ledges, air conditioning units or window sills. Occasionally pigeons may even lay eggs directly on a protected ledge.

What they bring to the table

Pigeon control is important due to the damage and disease problems these problem birds often create. The uric acid in pigeon feces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage to metals and other substrates it sits on for long periods of time. Debris from flocks of problem pigeons often build up, backing up gutters and drains which can cause flooding and roof damage.

Nesting materials and other debris has caused failures in machinery, especially rooftop air conditioning units which are a prime nesting spot for pigeons. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings are responsible for a host of serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and more.

If you come to realize you have any pigeon problems it is best to resolve the issues as soon as possible. Essential Pest Control Offers a bird trapping and removal service. Give us a call at 520-886-3029 for more info.