The Salmonella outbreak linked to songbirds and bird feeders in recent months has now infected people in 8 states. The CDC recommends the following steps to increase safety for birds and humans. ➡ Clean and disinfect your bird feeder and birdbath weekly or when they are visibly dirty.
➡ Clean feeders outside your house when possible. If you clean it indoors, use a laundry sink or bathtub, and thoroughly clean and disinfect the area right after. Do not clean bird feeders in your kitchen or places where food is prepared or stored.
➡ Wash your hands with soap and water after touching your bird feeder.
➡ Clean and refill your birdbath weekly or when it’s visibly dirty.
➡ Keep pets away from bird feeders and birdbaths and the areas under them.
➡ If you find a sick or dead bird in your yard, remove your feeder and bath for two weeks and clean them outdoors.: https://bit.ly/31Isxk6