Using disinfectants, sanitizers for bird control


September 11, 2023

Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE

Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE

Disinfectants, sanitizers and virucides can be of tremendous help when nuisance birds infest an area. Nuisance birds can carry a host of diseases that are zoonotic, which means they can be transmitted to humans. Bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungal pathogens often are associated with surface contamination from bird droppings and fecal dust. They also can be present in secretions, food contamination and the debris birds gather and use for nesting materials. Even after populations are under control, care must be taken to combat the many diseases and respiratory conditions birds can cause.

Apply a disinfectant or sanitizer before removing bird droppings, nesting materials and other materials that may be contaminated with disease-causing agents. Clean and sterilize fabrics and other soft surfaces where fecal dust may have migrated, especially locations indoors such as ductwork, vents or other handling systems that may spread contaminated particles.

Treating with a combination disinfectant/insecticide product is also helpful in eliminating parasites such as bird mites, lice, fleas or ticks that hitchhike on intruding birds — while also killing disease-causing agents. Many of these products also are designed to clean surfaces, eliminate the scent trail, and deodorize. Bio-sanitation liquids or foam can also help loosen bird droppings for removal while eliminating foul odors. It also reduces the amount of organic matter that reaches deep in cracks and crevices on porous materials. It leaves the area fresh and clean.

So, whether you are treating surfaces prior to the installation of bird or wildlife control products, or cleaning up after the winged wrecking crew that just flew through, disinfectants and sanitizers serve to keep you and your clients safe.

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Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE, is national director of technical services at Nisus Corp.

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