The seagull can be found in countries all over the world. Mating takes place in the spring months, usually in April through May. It’s possible for gulls to live for twenty years or more. They are scavengers that will grab a meal when the opportunity presents itself. They have no problem eating fish, shellfish, bird eggs and young, insects, garbage, and even the sandwich you made right out of your hand. They can transmit diseases like cryptosporidiosis and food poisoning.
Problem If you’ve ever been to the beach, you’ve seen seagulls swarming around an unsuspecting picnicker, just waiting to swoop in for a bite of a hoagie. They’re always creeping around lakes, rivers, beaches, ponds, or any other large body of water. Seagulls adapt easily and are also seen in fields, airports, parking lots, and sports stadiums.
You can tell you have a seagull nesting problem by the stray feathers and droppings around. They make sounds that appear to be laughing, mewing, or even an alarm. The presence of nests the size of the birds may be found in trees, on rooftops. These will be made of sticks, trash, plants, and other debris.
Always hungry, seagulls will steal fish from boats and hatcheries, eat livestock feed, or attack people for food. Their cawing can be downright irritating if they occur in large groups, and they can contaminate public water supplies when they flock together. These food-loving fliers can also transmit cryptosporidiosis, a parasitic disease that causes diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever. Gulls can also contaminate food and water with E.coli, the bacteria that causes food poisoning.
Types of Seagulls
Depending on the specific type of gull, they can range from the Laughing Gull at 16 inches tall to the Great Black-Backed Gull that stands 31 inches high. They have thin, long legs with a rounded tail. They have webbed feet and a slightly hooked bill. Most have a white head and breast, orange to yellowish beaks with dark grey-black wings.
Seagulls On The Roof & In The Chimney
These birds are difficult to control. However, it may be helpful to try to control their food sources. Get rid of stray garbage, cover livestock feed, and shelter any fish that are out in the open. If you see someone feeding these pests, attempt to get them to stop. Getting rid of free food may help discourage them from coming back.
Letting grasses grow a bit longer than usual may stop the gulls from resting in park areas and fields. Draining any standing water will also help them from taking getting a free bath. Noisemakers and visual devices may also frighten them so that they don’t return. Upsetting their nests may also further discourage them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I remove seagull nests?
Consult a professional pest control company before removing a gull’s nest as some species are protected by laws -- especially if it’s during their mating, or breeding season which is between April and May.
Benefits of Professional Seagull Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a seagull problem. Finding and treating the seagulls can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the seagull infestation.