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California Pigeon Control - Pigeons may be a threat to human health

Posted on July 7, 2010
by sinha
Source: http://news.pluggd.in/pigeons-may-be-a-threat-to-human-health-221/

Pigeons can be a source of immense discomfort and can cause huge problems in residential areas in towns as well as country side farms. Though considered to be meek and simple birds, pigeons carry various pests and diseases and are can cause a potential threat to health of humans. Since pigeon droppings are very common, chances of spread of infection are very high and proper pigeon pest control methods should bedive bombing pigeon employed.

The major diseases carried by pigeons are Chiamdiosis, caused by influenza like virus, and Psittacosis, similar to pneumonia. Though these diseases produce a mild attack on people with normal immunity, with symptoms like ordinary flu and cold, people with low immunity can be seriously affected. These diseases are spread by the spores emerging from dried pigeon droppings. Canker, a protozoan infection is another common pigeon disease which can spread in adult humans. Besides, these diseases are communicable and are also transferred to the healthy birds by the infected ones. Pigeons can act as pests themselves and destroy crops. Feral pigeons are known to destroy and eat up to 60 ounces of food in a year, leading to a loss of a lot of agricultural produce wrecking havoc for farmers. However, pigeons also carry various other fests in their wings and feathers. Pigeon flies are the most common ones whose larvae look like tiny lead shots. Red mites and lice also breed in the pigeon’s feathers and if transferred to the crops, they can be very difficult to eliminate due to their small size. In view of all these problems, pigeon pest control is a difficult process.

Considering pigeons are widely considered harmless and gentle, culling or shooting pigeons is generally frowned upon. However, pigeon predators have been used by farmers, besides use of professional help to shoot down the birds. The most popular method for pigeon pest control in the past was contraceptives to control their population. However, problems like migration of the birds limited the success of this method. Pigeon repellants like Bird-X bird repellant are chemicals that help eliminate pigeons from a specific location. Use of repellants has proved fairly successful although proper care needs to be exercised during their use, as an overdose may kill the pigeons. Fake repellants like audio devices producing scary, screechy sounds and alarms are also popular among farmers. A stainless steel wired mesh can help keep pigeons away in the residential areas, helping in pigeon pest control. In places where an extremely large colonies of birds roosts, pigeon spikes can be used which create a physical barrier, thus driving birds away from windows of apartments and homes.

Urban areas also suffer from the pigeon menace and residents have been known to use live traps to capture the birds and release them in deserted areas or nearby forests. Pigeon pest control is indeed an uphill task and it is extremely necessary to prevent the medical and economic damage caused by these birds.

A note from Clark Pest Control:
Remember to us humane methods when controlling birds and pigeons. If you are dealing with these types of pests, Clark offers humane bird control.

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Dengue Fever Hits Key West


MedPage Today Senior Editor

dengue fever

More than two dozen cases of locally-acquired dengue fever have hit the resort town of Key West , Fla., in the past nine months, officials from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Although not the first cases of home-grown dengue in the U.S., or even in Florida, the outbreak highlights the need for physician vigilance regarding this and other formerly exotic tropical diseases, the CDC said in the May 21 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

"The re-emergence of dengue in Florida as well as the threat posed to the U.S. from other emerging mosquito-borne arboviruses (e.g., chikungunya) emphasizes the necessity for strong vector-borne surveillance and mosquito control infrastructure to rapidly identify and control outbreaks of dengue or other mosquito-borne diseases," MMWR's editors wrote in a commentary accompanying the report.

Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by mosquito bites. It can be debilitating, but is not usually fatal in otherwise healthy people.

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Haiti-Terry Clark day 2 in Haiti Relief - Waste management


Day two started at the government run waste management facility. As  

with everything else life here is not yet back to normal.

Only thirty percent of the trucks are running on a daily basis, about  

40 units. Most have been sidelined due to wheel and tire problems  

because of the debris littering the streets. Concrete rubble and rebar  

bend wheels break axles and puncture tires so fast the maintenance  

crews can not obtain parts fast enough. These trucks were all out for  

tire and wheel issues, I counted 14 sitting at this facility.

One thing I was impressed with was how clean the facility was kept. It  

was the cleanest place we visited in Haiti, likely due to the  

maintenance staffs inability to do their regular duties.



waste management



































These garbage trucks were stripped in 2004 when the president of Haiti  

fled the country. Most of the trucks were only two years old at the  

time. While searching for sanitation issues we did find standing water  

in the back of all these vehicles. We recommended that holes be cut in  

the platforms to allow drainage and stop the spread of mosquitos. 























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Ticks are back -- and they're hungry


By David Perry, dperry@lowellsun.com

Ticks, those blood-feeding parasites, are preparing to engorge themselves for another year. The tiny pests make the most trouble in June, July and August, but they're emerging already.

And year by year, the tick population increases, threatening to spread disease and outdoors angst.

While preliminary numbers indicate there was actually a decrease in cases of Lyme disease in the state last year, the tick population is increasing, experts warn.

"The tick population is generally increasing because the population of deer herds is increasing," says Stephen Rich, a tick expert who heads the Department of Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences at UMass Amherst. "So we see more and more ticks every year."

Winter weather -- warmer, colder, dry or wet -- has little to do with it, he says.

"We're typically seeing around 4,000 cases of Lyme disease a year," says State Epidemiologist Al DeMaria of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. "We would see around 300 cases 15 years ago."

DeMaria says ticks "are spread all over the place, spread across the state."

As of April 10, preliminary DPH numbers for Massachusetts showed 3,837 reported cases of Lyme disease in 2009, compared to 3,946 cases in 2008, which, in turn, was a 10.4 percent increase over 2007.

"But we won't have final numbers for months," DeMaria says.

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Rodent Control - Rats invade Florida homes in search of warmth


Source: wtsp.com

Clearwater, FL-- Humans aren't the only ones in Florida getting chilly in this week's unusually cold temperatures. Local pest control companies say they've seen a jump in calls from people complaining about rats and other rodents seeking warmth in their homes.

It seems the disease spreading rodents are not only in search of food, but now are also trying to escape the cold temperatures, squeezing into people's houses through openings as small as a quarter.

"They're just like humans. They don't want to be cold," said Dave Bernstein, branch manager of Orkin Pest Control's Tampa branch office.

Clearwater resident Chaep'n Hurst is among the Bay area residents who unexpectedly found an unwanted visitor in her home.

"I heard a noise behind the couch that freaked me out, then I heard a whisk," said Hurst after spotting an estimated 8 inch long rat running through her kitchen.

"That kind of rat should be in New York. It shouldn't be in Florida, and it certainly shouldn't be in my apartment with my kids."

Management at Hurst's Clearwater apartment complex placed traps throughout her home, but as temperatures dropped this week even more rats showed up. She says at least three other neighbors have now complained of similar problems.

The news doesn't surprise local pest control technicians.

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Danger in urine of infected rodents


AT the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), doctors see about one or two cases of severe leptospirosis a month and it mainly involves young adults who have been to waterfalls, gone fishing or indulged in other nature-based recreational activities, says Professor Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, head of the the centre's infectious disease unit.

There were also suspected cases during the Johor floods a few years ago.

In fact, leptospirosis-causing bacteria is said to be common worldwide, especially in tropical countries with heavy rainfall.

Flooding after rainfall spreads the bacteria.

Dr Adeeba explains that the symptoms of leptospirosis are similar to dengue and other viral infections, so it may be difficult to detect or it may be initially mistaken for dengue. It's important for doctors to properly investigate and rule it out should people come in complaining of severe headache, muscle pain and vomiting, especially if these people have been active outdoors. "The patient's history and recent activities should alert the doctor to the possibility of an infection and a test done to confirm it," she says. Dr Adeeba says what's lacking is a good diagnostic test for the condition.

Although there is a test used presently to determine leptospirosis, the results are not as accurate as one would like it to be and it takes time to obtain results. Furthermore, since leptospirosis is not a reportable disease like dengue, there could be many undetected cases. Infection usually occurs when people come into contact with water that is contaminated with the urine of infected rodents through activities like swimming and wading in contaminated lakes, rivers and streams.

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Pest Control - Holiday border crackdown targets fruit, raw pork


By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
(12-09) 02:14 PST Hidalgo, Texas (AP) --

The mountain of oranges, tangerines, lemons and more exotic fruits piled in the customs office at the Hidalgo international bridge in Texas on Thanksgiving Day would have made any grocer proud.

But the booty of Operation Gobble Gobble was destined for the industrial garbage disposal and left the cramped office filled with the sweet aroma of ground citrus. It was part of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection effort at the U.S.-Mexico border to protect U.S. agriculture from pests and diseases often carried by popular holiday ingredients.

"At this time of the year, we really do try to raise the awareness of the traveling public on the potential of introducing a pest or disease that could be damaging to American agriculture," said Diana Vlasik, agency's chief agriculture specialist at the international bridges in Pharr and Hidalgo, about 150 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.

Among the threats: the Mexican fruit fly, exotic Newcastle disease - an illness fatal to poultry - and bacteria that causes citrus greening, which has ravaged groves in Florida.

During the holidays, customs officers watch closely for certain fruits, raw pork and long stalks of sugar cane. Those products are banned year-round. But from Thanksgiving through the New Year, the border is jammed with less experienced travelers visiting relatives in Mexico or the U.S., as well as those who know better but are willing to risk confiscation and a fine to deliver key ingredients for a Christmas punch or tamales.

Generally, the searches are easier than those for narcotics, which are stowed in tires, gas tanks and secret compartments. These targets are usually out in the open or packed inside a cooler, an exception being some raw pork sausage packed into a diaper last year.

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