As more and more seagulls move into towns and cities the capacity for them to cause a nuisance increases. The main reason that seagulls gravitate towards built-up areas is because there is a ready supply of litter and household refuse that they can take advantage of which enables them to feed and rear their young.
Whether in coastal towns or in-land urban city areas the types of problems that seagulls can cause include:
Droppings – seagull guano can cause damage to buildings and vehicles because of its acidic content. There is also a potential health hazard with large-scale seagull droppings.
Noise – seagulls can be incredibly noisy, particularly in the nesting season which takes place from March to September.
Nesting – seagull nests can block guttering and downpipes which then cause flood problems as well as attracting parasites and problem insects
Aggression – it’s not uncommon for seagulls to swoop and attack people, especially during nesting season when they are protecting their nests.
There are many species of seagull but the three main culprits when it comes to causing problems are the:
Herring Gull (AKA Common Grey Seagull)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Greater Black-backed Gull
Seagull Control Measures
So, what can be done to deal with seagull problems?
The first important consideration is that seagulls are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 so under no circumstances should you take the matter into your own hands and capture, injure or kill seagulls or interfere with their nests and eggs.
Only humane methods of removal are acceptable and it is recommended that you hire a professional bird control team to act on your behalf to deal with a seagull problem. The only person who can do this is the owner or occupier of the building being affected by the seagull problem.
The types of seagull control measures that can be used include:
Bird Spikes – These can be placed on roofs, windows sills, chimney stacks etc and will stop the seagulls from roosting and nesting.
Netting – This can be used to cover the face of a building as well as the roof to stop the seagulls from landing and roosting.
Post and Wire Systems – These are made of metal wire and nylon filaments which are used in a criss-cross pattern to cover flat roofs and ridges. This deters the seagulls from roosting.
Electric Systems – These consist of insulated copper strips which give out a low electrical charge and causes birds to have a small shock, causing them to fly away.
If you implement one of the above methods you should find that the seagull problem around your building improves significantly. At Total Bird Control we have helped many home owners and business owners deal with seagull problems so if you need any advice please get in touch.