We can often hear people saying that pigeons are flying rats, not because it is a scientific fact, but because most of them are dirty and full of transmitting diseases. Are they right or not ?
Pigeons like mice and rats have evolved to live alongside us, and they often move from one building to another, sometimes they even move into our flats. People hate them, because they think they will get ill, and because they simply see them as parasites.
Relax, yes there are potential diseases associated with pigeons, but you cannot get them so easily, only people who spend a lot of time with them, like bird breeders are really at risk.
Also if you have AIDS/HIV or any other disease that weakens the immune system, you are at risk, but that is the possibility, not something that will definitely happen.
You may pay attention to your children, if they are really small, or if you have an elderly person at home, they are threatened, but if you are an average person, you don’t have to worry about any transmitting disease.
Most of the diseases you can get from a pigeon is if you breathe in or ingest dust from their droppings, so in case you see their droppings in your flat, building or at a balcony, the best thing you can do is to clear these away.
Personal hygiene is also really important, so if you touch them, make sure to wash your hands.
To conclude this topic, it is cruel to call them flying rats, cause they aren’t. Don’t worry, you are not at risk, only if you work with them, and in that case you already know what to do.