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Dr. Laurie Hess: So it's really, really important to keep your bird's cage clean. We leave paper in the bottom that we remove everyday. It could be paper towel or just a piece of newspaper or white butcher paper looks a little nicer. But that paper should be removed every single day and replaced. You don't want stool and old food to build up on the bottom of the cage. You should clean the perches every single day. Scrape off any debris, any stool the builds up on the perches. This is all really, really important for the health of the bird. And you don't want to use things like corncob bedding or anything dusty, littler-like, on the bottom of the cage. Just paper. It's much safer for the birds respiratory track. They breathe in all kinds of stuff that can come up out of the dust on the bottom. What do we do when we clean a cage Sarah?
Sarah: Mild soap and warm is really the best thing. A lot of times people fall into the trap in the pet store of these crazy cleaning products and vinegar water or enzymatic cleaners. And a lot of them have very strong smells and that can actually be very irritating to the bird's respiratory tract. We really just recommend a mild soap and water mix. Obviously remove the bird from the cage when you're going to clean it. You can use a little scrub brush and just make sure that you dry it and get all the soap residue off before placing back in. But that's really all that you need.
Dr. Laurie Hess: Absolutely. If there are fabric things in the perches, on the perches, little tents that they have, or toys made out of fabric or felt, those are things you can stick in the washing machine or just rinse off. You don't want to use harsh chemicals that leave any kind of aroma. If you can smell it it's probably not good for your bird. And fancy cleaners, again, not necessary. Spend the money on toys or good food or other things for your bird. If you live in a house where you can take the cage outside once a year and really hose it down in the spring, I do that with my bird's cages just to start fresh. But even if you don't just keeping up cleaning on a daily basis your bird will be healthier, live longer, and have fewer probably respiratory infections.
Knowing the answers to these questions will go a long way in limiting thepests in your home or business. In some cases, eliminating the food source(and other conditions that encourage pests) is almost impossible. Grains(such as those used in pet foods, bird feed) are attractive to pests. Eliminating these grains entirely is a ridiculous idea but limiting access tothe grains is a great help. Keepingsuch materials 100% free of pests is not possible but if the dealer clearly doesnot make constant efforts to control the bugs, find another dealer. Owners of pet birds usually prefer to purchase special bird food mixes inbulk. The drawback to this is that the more bird food that is purchasedand stored, the more inviting the grains are to insects and rodents. Thereare two measures that will help keep down roaches, weevils and grain moths: keepgrains in a freezer until a day or so before needed and keep unfrozen grains inan air-tight container. These two measures will also severely limit arodent's access to the food. Enough cannot be said about sanitation in and around bird cages. Dailycleaning is a must. Otherwise you are begging for a roach infestation andstubborn populations of rats or mice. Even with the best sanitation procedures, pest problems do occur. A greatpest management tool is the use of which capture, monitor and help control roaches, moths and even smallrodents. A good way to monitor (orcontrol) many pests near bird cages is to combine and . Glueboards should be hidden inside of rat bait stations to keep birds safe from thesticky glue. The bait stations should then be placed on the floor (next towalls) where pests are known or suspected of traveling. Glue boards arenot expensive and can be replaced easily. These glue traps will capturebugs before they can reproduce and before they gain access to your birds'food. Pest control technicians often use glue boards to monitorpopulations of different pests. The special design of bait stations allow easy access for insectsand rodents but will prevent pets from coming into contact with the gluestrips. The use of will help preventmajor outbreaks of these moth pests. Excessive pheromonesreleased in an area will only serve to excite and confuse moths. In thisstate, moths are unable to locate the source of the lure (your traps) and few(if any) pests will be captured. Using moth traps in preventative programswill alert you to any possible grains that have been recently introduced intothe environment that are moth infested.
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