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Seagulls: Are They Really a Problem?


Seagulls are one of nature’s beautiful creations. Found in coastal areas across the globe, these birds often travel to find food or stay away from competitors like raccoons that live near humans and can make life difficult for them too! Seagulls are some of the most widely distributed bird species. However, while their beauty is enthralling, they can become a nuisance around your property. Seagulls also tend to become aggressive during the breeding season. Other problems include their noise, droppings, and nesting. Here, we will highlight some of the problems associated with seagulls and provide you with the solutions to deal with them.

Incessant Squawking

The sound of seagulls can be rather annoying. If you live near any water body, chances are your sleep has been ruined by the cry of these birds. Their constant squawking will ruin any chance for tranquility that day. Seagulls are known for being noisy. What we do know about gulls though is how noisy mature gulls can be during breeding season. Parent gulls will also scream at other gulls who might be trying to harm their chicks, or it might be a mating call, depending on the time of the year.

Droppings bring more than just a mess

Seagull droppings are caustic. Heavy accumulation of their droppings can weaken your building's structure as gull droppings contain uric acid, a highly corrosive substance. Their droppings can also cause accidents by slippages.

Seagull droppings contain deadly pathogens such as E. Coli and salmonella bacteria, which can infect you via surface contamination or by inhaling dried fecal dust, a breeding ground for infections. Gulls can also spread infestations around you. Bird mites and fleas are attracted towards seagull nesting sites and can increase the risk of mite transmitted infections.

Nesting issues

Gulls like to build their nests above the ground in order to avoid predators. The roof of your house can be an ideal location for a seagull to build its nest. If the seagulls build their nest on your roof, they can become a problem for you. Seagulls are very protective of their young. They can become quite aggressive and make every move possible to ensure that you don’t come near them. A seagull will intimidate you by circling above you and then diving down and swooping on you. Seagull attacks are the biggest reason why people don’t want to see them near their property.

Maintenance is costly

Seagulls are messy by nature. Their droppings on your door, roof, car, mailbox, etc., look despicable. Other than the usual pooping, seagull nests bring their problems to the table. Nests in chimneys are potential fire hazards as they are made of flammable material and make an excellent kindle. Nests can also clog airways and, in some cases, the downpipes, restricting ventilation. The maintenance costs associated with these problems can be very high. Therefore, it is best to try to avoid it.

Seagulls are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, according to which capturing them, injuring them, or causing any harm to their nests and eggs is illegal. The most preferred way of keeping these birds away from yourself is to install a bird control seagull control deterrent grid wire system. They are harmless to these birds but are great at keeping them away from your premises.

If you are interested in setting up a bird control grid wire system, consider calling AviAway. AviAway professionally installs bird control solutions for all bird species. We have 30+ years of experience in bird control and have performed work for companies like Amazon, Rite Aid, and the U.S. Postal Service. Click here or call 844-247-3373 to request a free bird control quote.


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