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Birds like Pigeons and Doves are brave and will happily be around people and make a mess.


Birds Linked to Ticks, Mites and Other Parasites

Bird can harbor parasites that may invade buildings. Although these parasites can bite and irritate, they are unlikely to transmit diseases to humans. The northern fowl mite and chicken mite are usually the main culprits. Other parasites that may cause problems inside buildings include the pigeon nest bug and the bat bug (both are related to the bed bug), soft ticks, biting lice and the pigeon fly. Although most parasites associated with bird roosts die quickly after the birds leave, some may live for several weeks.

Wild bird control is important because of droppings, feathers, food and dead birds under a roosting area can breed flies, carpet beetles and other insects that may become major problems in the immediate area. If the pests are a problem after birds have been excluded, the roost area may be treated.

Morning Dove

Health Hazards Caused by Birds

Cryptococcosis – Pigeon or bird droppings appear to be the most important source of the disease fungus Cryptococcus Neoformans in the environment. The fungus is typically found in accumulations of droppings around roosting and nestling sites, for example, attics, cupolas, ledges and water towers. It has been found in as many as 84 percent of samples taken from old roosts. Even when old and dry, bird droppings can be a significant source of infection thus requiring bird removal.
Like histoplasmosis, most cryptococcosis infections are mild and may be without symptoms. Persons with weakened immune systems, however, are more susceptible to infection. The disease is acquired by inhaling the yeast-like cells of the organism.

Feral Pigeon

Species of Pigeon found in Michigan

Rock Dove or Rock Pigeon

Rock Pigeon

Also called a Rock Dove, includes domesticated pigeons and contribute to the population of feral pigeons. Wild birds are grey with two black bars on their wings.

Morning Dove

Morning Dove

Also called the Turtle Dove or Rain Dove, this the most wide spread dove in North America.