Did you have a problem with birds in your chimney last year? Make sure to have a proper chimney cap installed before the Spring this year to avoid that problem again. You may have read in one of my previous blogs about the chimney swift, a migratory bird that is very prevalent in our area. As much as we would like to protect our Chimney Swifts, it is not healthy to have them in your chimney.
Dangers of Birds in Your Chimney
The number one danger that comes to mind is Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is a type of lung infection. It is caused by inhaling Histoplasma capsulatum fungal spores. These spores are found in soil and in the droppings of bats and birds. This fungus mainly grows in the central, southeastern, and mid-Atlantic states.
Bird Mites – A tiny mite that is only half-millimeter long in size is often carried by Chimney Swifts. Once established, these mites can be very tough to eliminate from your home, even by professionals. The best action against these mites is prevention.
Salmonellosis and E.coli – Two common bacteria found in bird droppings that can make humans very sick. Again, the best method of protection is prevention.
Many more – While just a small number of bacteria, mites, and fungus have been mentioned, the list goes on. The list above is meant to give you a general idea of just some of many potential health issues that can arise from uncontrolled bird habitation inside your home.
Now is the Time to Act
Since the Chimney Swift is Federally Protected, once they return to your chimney for the Season, they cannot be removed or harmed. Take care of your chimney cap now and help improve your indoor air quality while you are at it.