Pigeon Guano Removal
LEC has been helping people breath easier, focusing on asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, and microbial duct cleaning. Increasingly, LEC is asked to remove another dangerous contaminant: bird and bat excrement. Excrement deposits from birds and bats roosting in towers, steeples, walkways, or attics create a health hazard for building occupants, visitors, employees, building service workers, and even for people simply walking down the street. When excrement dries (becomes friable), the organisms therein can travel as airborne contaminants. Inhaling the dust from infected droppings or feathers can result in pulmonary infection. A 1979 article in American Family Physician, a national ‘ medical journal, warns of a group of pulmonary diseases and disorders that result from this type of exposure. Histoplasmosis is one such disease. What is histoplasmosis? Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum, that grows in bird and bat excrement. Symptoms vary greatly but primarily affect the lungs.