Seagulls - not just by the seaside – a growing problem in London too

Seagulls are large birds that can range up to 68 cm from bill to tail with a whopping wingspan of up to 85 cm. Only three species are classed as pests but with tight controls over what measures can be used and under what circumstances namely: Herring Gulls, Lesser Black- Backed Gulls and Greater Black- Backed Gulls. As growing numbers of these pest species are moving into built-up areas, attracted by the plentiful food on supply.

With a life expectancy of up to 20 years, they have become a massive pest problem - and not just in seaside towns. Seagulls are noisy; their droppings are prolific and they are extremely aggressive, renowned for dive bombing and attacking people. For the maintenance staff of a building carrying out work on the roof  for example they can even endanger life. There have been many stories in the media in recent months of seagulls randomly attacking adults and children as they go about their daily tasks.

Seagulls cause considerable damage to properties. They vigorously pick at roofs so that they can use the roofing materials to furnish their nests. They block gutters whilst carrying nesting material from one location to another. Their nests harbour mites and insects, creating a whole new pest problem.

Professional cleaning is crucial prior to any preventative treatments. If anti-perching products fail, it's usually because the surfaces they were affixed to were not professionally cleaned before application or they were not applied by a professional.

Hawkeye Bird specialists will consider a range of preventative treatments including netting, spikes, electronic deterrents, Hawking and sprung wire systems. Our recommendations will take into consideration the aesthetics of your building and its purpose plus the extent of the seagull problem and whether the seagulls are nesting (Nesting Seagulls are protected by law. This means that preventative regimes sometimes have to be introduced over a period of months).

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