Seagulls are intelligent birds existing in great numbers along coastal areas, as well as inland lakes and rivers. Gulls can drink either salt or freshwater and their scavenger diets allow them great adaptability. Seagulls eat anything from dead fish and garbage to field mice and insects. The typical gull is somewhere between 18 to 24 inches tall, weighing about 2 to 3 pounds. Their generally light colored in body with black wing tips and a deep black to light gray mantle. Coloring can change between season depending on the species. Gulls enjoy protection at the federal level, mandating humane control practices. In our area seagull’s remain resident birds year round.
Why are Seagull’s a Problem?
Seagulls have become a major problem in our urban areas. Seagulls will roost and nest on both residential and commercial buildings. They like being up high so they can maintain a vantage point to avoid predators and to protect their nests. One of the biggest issues with these birds is the amount of droppings they leave behind. These droppings down the side of your building are obviously unsightly, but they are also corrosive. The acid level in seagull droppings is extremely high and it will eat through asphalt roofs, and cause paint to diminish much more quickly than normal. This costs building and home owners money to constantly clean up the mess left behind and to replace roofs much sooner than regular life expectancy.
The other major problem is seagulls nest on roofs. Nesting season in our region is June through Sept. Seagulls become very aggressive when they are protecting their nests. They have been known to dive bomb humans that get too close. Being a protective species it is illegal to remove or tamper with a seagull nest once eggs have been laid.
We can provide solutions for solutions for setting up seagull deterrents and dealing with seagull nests before they start laying their eggs.