Seagulls

  • Herring gulls commonly rest and nest on rooftops in coastal towns and villages
  • Feeding gulls creates an artificially high seagull population
  • Seagulls are scavengers
  • They will rip open black refuse sacks and pull food and rubbish from bins
  • Seagulls are considered a nuisance due to:
    • Excessive noise by calling gulls
    • Mess from droppings
    • Damage to property by using roofing material as nesting material, blocking chimneys and gutters
    • Aggression as they dive and swoop
    • Blocked flues too, leading to dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide in a building

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  • It is illegal to remove a nest with young in it – usually between April and June
  • Bird proofing measures are considered the best deterrent
  • Seagulls and how they are controlled and eradicated are protected by the Wildlife and Country side Act 1981
  • Licenses can be issued to landowners to control seagulls
  • Nests are built and added to over several years, making them heavy
  • Two or three eggs are laid early May onwards
  • Eggs take three weeks to hatch

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 5/10 MODERATE

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Can be loud and aggressive

Hazard: 5/10 MODERATE

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Will not attack as such but do scavenge; will snatch food from a human hand

How We Treat This Pest

Please contact your local technician. All treatments are tailored to our customers needs.

Vital Statistics

Length: 55cm from beak to tail
Wingspan: 85cm

Interesting Facts

  • Seagulls are clever, remembering patterns of behaviour and repeating it
  • They have a range of feeding behaviours
  • They are attentive and caring parents
  • They communicate by calling as well as through body language
  • Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water