In order to avoid the flu, we should all wash our hands often. Birds do the equivalent of this by adding material to their nests that repels germs.
In LiveScience.com., Stephan Reebs reports that some birds add bits of strong-smelling plants, such as lavender or mint, to their nests. These may act as pesticides that protect the hatchlings from fleas and other insects.
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