Birds

  • Smaller birds are often welcome in gardens and public spaces
  • Birds eat insects as well as slugs and snails
  • Birds become a nuisance when they ‘invade’ a property or surrounding space

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Pigeons

  • Not nasty or aggressive
  • Roosting in large numbers causes a large amount of droppings
  • As well as droppings being slippery, pigeons damage buildings
  • There are 318 species of pigeon

Seagulls

  • There are 20 species of seagulls across all continents, including Arctic and Antarctica
  • They are thought to have existed for 33 million years
  • Seagulls eat anything from earthworms to food scraps, fruit, seeds and so on
  • They will steal food from other animals, birds and humans
  • Seagulls lay one or two eggs, which hatch after three weeks
  • They can live to the age of 15 years

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 6/10 MODERATE

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Hazard: 7/10 MODERATE

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Bird proofing measures help to keep bird problems at bay.

How We Treat This Pest

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Vital Statistics

Size: The largest seagull can reach 1.7kg in weight and 76cm in length
Weight: Pigeons weigh between 450-550g and 42cm in length

Interesting Facts

Seagulls

  • Seagulls are one of the rare animals that can drink sea water
  • They will sometimes eat young seagulls
  • They communicate with sound and body language
  • They also mate for a lifetime

Pigeons

  • Paloma is Spanish for pigeon – Picasso loved pigeons and called his daughter Paloma
  • American and British forces strapped cameras to pigeons during the First World War to take aerial photographs
  • They can fly at 40 to 50 miles per hour
  • They have been known to fly 600 miles a day
  • In 7th Century, pigeon droppings were used in making gunpowder
  • Pigeons have superior hearing and can hear earthquakes!
  • Pigeons do not have to lift their head to swallow water like other birds do