In recent years, seagulls have been moving further inland and becoming an increasing problem for both home and business owners across the country. Like pigeons, seagulls can be a nuisance in regards to the mess created and damage to property. A worrying trend with seagulls is that they are becoming an aggressive pest. Cases of seagulls attacking people is now more frequently reported, driven by their greed for more readily available food.
Often referred to as ‘Seagulls’, Herring Gulls are large birds, measuring about 55cm from bill to tail with a wingspan of about 85cm. Breeding pairs start nest building in May. Nests can be quite large and if made of material accumulated over several years, very heavy. Eggs are laid from early May onwards, usually two or three. The eggs take about three weeks to hatch so the first chicks generally emerge at the beginning of June.
Chicks take three or four years to reach maturity and breed. The life expectancy of a seagull which reaches maturity is about 20 years.
Seagulls tend to nest in colonies and once roof nesting birds gain a foothold other seagulls nest on adjacent buildings. If left unchecked, a colony starts to develop.
Problems include noise, mess and damage to property including blocking of flue and gutters through nesting.
• Noise, caused by calling gulls and by their heavy footsteps
• Mess, caused by their droppings
• Damage to property, caused by gulls picking at roofing materials and by nests that can block gutters or hold moisture against the building structure.
Methods for controlling Seagulls involve controlling food sources and proofing of buildings.
• Bird Free Gel
• Post & Wires
• Bird of Prey
• Avi Shock