How to deal with nuisance gulls
Most people find birds attractive and pleasant, however, they can present serious problems if their numbers aren’t controlled. Seagulls can become a real nuisance for a business and there are a number of problems caused by gulls that mean you should adopt bird control measures sooner rather than later. Seagulls can be a health hazard, by spreading diseases such as Ornithosis, E.Coli and Salmonella. They can also deface and damage buildings and vehicles with their droppings. Their droppings can become a slip hazard or employees, customers and members of the public.Their nesting material and feathers can harbor other insect pests such as bird mites, textile beetles and fleas. These can lead to secondary infestations.
Seagulls are also known to attack customers and employees, especially during the breeding season when they are defending their young.
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Learn about gulls
- The name seagull is often used to describe any loud, grey and white bird found near the sea; however, there are at least 28 different subspecies of seagulls.
- Seagulls range in size and typically large gulls have long pink legs and medium or small gulls have yellow, black or red legs.
- As scavengers, gulls follow food sources and sometimes choose to build nests and breed near areas of waste like landfills and coastal towns to secure their next meal.
In most instances of pest infestation, it’s the availability of water and food sources that makes a place attractive. Birds are likewise attracted to areas that have access to food and water. One way of approaching a bird problem is to encourage effective site hygiene by ensuring that any unwanted residual food or water is regularly removed. In order to prevent the recurrence of the conditions that first attracted the bird, we suggest regularly monitoring of the problem area.
There’s a wide array of bird proofing systems on the market today.
- Netting – bird netting systems that screen off problem areas can be 100% successful when installed correctly. Nets come in sizes to suit house sparrows, starlings, gulls and feral pigeons. Netting can be specified in several colours to suit your buildings masonry.
- Post and wire systems – post and wire systems are tried and tested applications which can be used on ledges, ridges and other structures to prevent birds gaining a foothold.
- Spike systems – spike systems (also known as pin or point systems) are made up of strips, upright metal pins or plastic pins that deter birds from landing.They’re very adaptable, simple to apply and can be used to proof a wide variety of both plain and ornate buildings.
- Avishock – This is an electrical bird deterrent system that provides a hugely valuable new professional management option. The principles are the same as managing livestock with electric fencing an d have been tried and tested to ensure it doesn’t harm the birds.
- Agrilaser – This is new on the market. It is a visual bird scaring deterrent. It can either be a hand held device or in one place and it shoots out a laser beam which deters birds away from buildings.
- Gel systems – Gel systems are applied to any ledges and ridges on your building using caulking gun and are then painted with a sealing fluid to create a flexible barrier. The gel feels unpleasant and unstable to the bird’s feet and discourages them from perching.
- Physical barriers – Plastic strip curtain doors should always be considered if you have large openings that allow birds to access the inside of your building and cause problems.