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Seagull control for your business

Seagulls such as Herring gulls and Black-backed gulls have become well-adapted to living in our coastal towns and cities. If your business is located near to the coast, your property may be at greater risk of a problem with gulls and effective seagull control may be necessary for protection.

Many modern buildings with flat roofs and straight sides are similar to the sort of cliffs these seagulls are used to nesting on in the wild. The modern urban environment offers the gulls easy living with landfill sites, street litter near bars and restaurants and household garbage providing an abundant and accessible food source.

Our bird deterrent solutions offer professional seagull control, removing problems swiftly with minimal fuss. Need seagull control advice? Schedule a FREE property inspection today with a local Rentokil bird control expert by calling 1-800-837-5520 or contacting us online.

Risks to your business

Seagulls can cause problems all year round while scavenging for food, but the summer months often bring increased activity. This is when they are mating and rearing their young, which is when they could be a greater problem for your business.

Effective seagull control is essential to protecting your people and property from:

  • Financial loss - your business may lose customers who are dissuaded from entering your store due to the presence of these pest birds.
  • Health hazards - seagulls are known to spread disease, as they feed from polluted sources such as garbage dumps and bring germs directly to public areas.
  • Cleaning costs - increased maintenance and cleaning costs may arise from eliminating seagull droppings and feathers from your property.
  • Safety concerns  – seagulls can become very territorial and aggressive, often defecating and vomiting on people to protect their young in the nest.

Protected bird species

In the United States, seagulls, among a long list of other bird species, are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This legislation makes it unlawful to kill, hunt, capture, sell, trade or transport them without prior authorization from the Department of Interior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

For Rentokil’s seagull bird proofing methods, this means that our specialists will only install netting, bird spikes, and overhead grid systems when birds are not present on the client’s property. All treatments for seagulls are preventative in nature and do not cause the birds any harm.

Steps to take for seagull control

There are a wide range of bird proofing methods that can help to protect your business from seagulls. Preventing defacement of buildings due to nesting and roosting will reduce maintenance and cleaning costs and keep your property attractive to visitors. Noise, smell and the risk of infection will also be eliminated, improving the overall health and safety of your business. 

Below are some helpful ways to control seagull populations on your property:

  • Remove food sources - ensure lids are kept secure on bins and trash bags are not left in the open, as gulls can rip open trash bags easily.
  • Put up signage - discourage feeding seagulls by putting signs up around your property.
  • Make your property unattractive to seagulls - certain distressing predatory sounds, strobe lights and bitter smells can be effective in warding off seagulls.
  • Install bird netting or spikes - these will create barriers to prevent perching, roosting, and nesting on your property.
  • Install overhead grid systems - these stainless steel wires are strategically installed in a checkerboard pattern over ponds, pools, rooftops and courtyard areas of your property.

Contact Rentokil at 1-800-837-5520 for further seagull control advice. Schedule a FREE property inspection today by a licensed bird control professional.

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