Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Dust produces by our Pet Birds can be unsightly and daunting to control.
The quality of life you can offer any pet is surely the number one most important thing for a bird lover.
Choose a pet that can be happy in the space you have to offer. Knowing whether the pet you are considering is a powder down bird will help you determine whether it's a good match for your situation.
African Greys, Cockatoos, Cockatiels, and some Amazons shed a wing dust practically all their lives.
These types of birds will require more clean-up should also factor into the number of birds that you adopt.
Putting too many birds together in a space that is not large is likely to make everyone unhappy. And the added particulates from numerous birds can cause birds and humans to become unhealthy.
Furnish your aviary with surfaces that are easily and inexpensively cleaned.
Hard floors surfaces on floors such as linoleum, tile, or wood are more easily cleaned that rugs and carpet that tend to hold dust.
Furnishings should be covered in material that can be wiped with a damp cloth. Windows should be furnished with shades, blinds, or shutters rather than fabric that make it easy for pollutants to hide.
Use a damp cloth and mop to get rid of the powder. Go outdoors when cleaning the cage to prevent particles from escaping into indoor air again.
Vacuum rather than sweep, and if possible use a cleaner that has a high efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) filter that prevents the vacuum from blowing dust out into the room again.
Continually filtering the air with an air purifier that is made to take out large amounts of particles is one of the most effective yet non-invasive ways to reduce the dust.
Professional aviaries use HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filters to take out particles as small as.3 microns in size.
Filtration is a good idea for birds and humans because it prevents the spread of disease for both. Clean air can drastically increase your birds' life span because it cuts down on the spread of disease and infection.
Constantly filtering the air can greatly decrease the amount of bird-related allergens in the air, and often prevent humans from becoming allergic or asthmatic by avoiding constant and prolonged exposure to the dust.