how to keep bird dander down

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If the bird spends time outside his cage, make a note of his favorite spots and make sure to clean them every day. If he is a pilot, take into account his preferred landing spots and takeoff routes. Consider the areas of the house you frequent if he follows you around. Remove droppings with wet paper towels and discard. Wipe down other surfaces with a damp cloth.

Use absorbent paper towels to line the bottom of the cage and replace them every day to get rid of dander, feathers, and droppings. Try not to stir up the dander as you carefully wipe the cage and its surroundings with wet paper towels. At least once every other day, vacuum the floors and upholstery. If necessary, wear a face mask to prevent dander from getting in your mouth or nose. Use a gentle, moist cloth to clean leather furniture and plastics, and then launder the cloth.

Although it may come as a surprise, birds do, in fact, produce dander, just like other pets. Preening, washing, and sloughing naturally help to release feather, skin, keratin, and other organic matter fragments. The dander takes to the air as the birds flap, dispersing throughout the house.

Check your furnace filters frequently because when they are full, they can no longer capture airborne allergens like dander. Replace your vacuum’s bags and filters before they get too full, and think about getting one with HEPA (high efficiency particle arresting) filters, which are able to capture more microscopic particles. Some people report good results with air filters, too.

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Make sure that your bird is able to bathe himself. Apart from that, the remaining tasks involve cleaning, such as vacuuming, sweeping, and replacing newspaper or cage liners. It’s best if your wife doesn’t clean the cage at all, or if she does, wears a face mask, as she is the one who is allergic. Cutting down on the number of birds can be beneficial, as can relocating the cage to an area without carpeting—tile, for example—which can be very beneficial.

Bird dander is only one component of the picture, as you pointed out.

  • Air purification devices can be helpful, but some are more effective than others, and their effectiveness is dependent on how well their filters are maintained.
  • Use the best quality pads and replace the air filter in your home’s HVAC system on a regular basis. There is a rating that is acceptable for removing allergens.
  • Regularly clean or replace your vacuum’s air filter, or choose a model with premium filters like HEPA.
  • Indoor plants are a good place to start if mold is a trigger because they produce a lot of it.
  • Considering your allergies, you might want to consider getting special bedding. There are now bedding options with preliminary scientific findings suggesting that asthmatic patients will fare better.
  • There are plenty more suggestions, but I only wanted to discuss the most significant ones.

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FAQ

How do you deal with bird dander?

Bird dander, dust, and feathers are all particulates. The best way to remove them is with an air purifier with a high efficiency air filter and a strong motor. The tiniest of these particle are the most dangerous. This is because they are the one’s that can be breathed deep into your lungs.

Why does my bird have so much dander?

All parrots give off parrot dander, also known as feather dust. This is produced from the feathers when they preen, or flap their wings. Most parrots have a preening gland at the back of the base of the tail.

Is bird dander harmful?

Allergic alveolitis is sometimes called bird fancier’s lung. It is caused by breathing in particles from feathers or bird droppings. It results in your lungs becoming inflamed, causing coughing and breathing difficulty. You can reduce the risk by avoiding bird dander (skin flakes) and feathers.

Should I get an air purifier for birds?

It is best to use an air purifier that has ozone free settings, or ozone levels that are well below the maximum for human safety. In addition to providing cleaner air for your birds, adding an air purifier to your aviary can also help protect you and your family from the dander and debris that birds can produce.