There are three main types of seagull deterrents that you could use:
1. Visual Deterrents
Visual seagull deterrents are one of the easiest ways to keep birds away from your property. They’re designed either to resemble a predator or simply look threatening, essentially scaring the gulls away from your property.
Some look like owls, hawks, falcons or other birds of prey. Others use vibrant colours, movement or reflective surfaces to act as seagull deterrents: they won’t want to nest somewhere they don’t feel safe.
2. Landscaping & Property Modifications
If visual deterrents don’t work, there are various ways to stop seagulls approaching or nesting in your property. Chimney guards can keep gulls from perching on your chimneys, while bird spikes can be attached to roof edges and chimneys to both reduce access and make these locations less appealing. Bird repellent gel, meanwhile, is non-toxic and easy to apply.
Bird wire and netting may be used in certain situations (although there’s the risk that birds can become entangled), while the removal of old nests when nesting season is over can make it less likely that gulls will return the following year.
3. Cleaning & Waste Management
Effective waste management and regular cleaning can definitely help with your seagull pest proofing. Litter, rubbish bins and bin bags are all potential food sources for gulls – and removing their food sources can encourage them to go elsewhere.
Proper waste management will eliminate these food sources. Make sure your rubbish is placed securely in lidded bins that gulls cannot easily access – gull-proof bags on their own may not be enough. Make sure any food waste is disposed of properly, and if you have bird feeders or pets that live or spend time outdoors, be sure to clean up any food spillages regularly.
Regular cleaning will also help: make sure you have a tidy home and garden with no food sources or potential nesting materials for gulls to steal.
Professional Seagull Control Services
Seagulls nest in colonies, so a single bird can quickly turn into a big seagull control issue. With the same nesting spots often used year after year, any trace of a previous nest can keep gulls coming back to your property – and what’s more, all gull breeds are protected by law. Intentionally or recklessly harming or killing a gull can land you with a hefty fine or even a jail sentence, so it’s important to tackle the problem the right way.
A good pest control company that specialises in seagull control will thoroughly inspect your property to get to the heart of the problem. They’ll only do this either before the nesting season starts or after the baby gulls have flown the nest, removing any traces of existing nesting material, securing entry points and fitting the most appropriate seagull pest proofing solutions for the location. They’ll also be able to advise you on other steps you can take in the future to reduce the likelihood of gulls returning going forward.
Noise pollution, property damage, the risk of disease, fouling…nesting seagulls can cause all sorts of unwanted problems for homeowners. However, by understanding their behaviour, recognising the signs of a seagull problem, choosing the right deterrents and using a reputable seagull control company when needed, you can keep your property gull-free, year after year.
If you need more advice on a potential seagull issue or help to protect your property, give us a call.