How to Guard Against Nesting Gulls

As spring approaches, it’s not long until gulls all over the UK start to think about nesting. Gulls typically like to go back to the nesting site they’ve had previously which is often in people’s chimneys. If you had a problem with gulls at your home or business premises last year, now is the time to seek advice and take preventative measures as gulls usually start nest building around the start of April.

What problems do nesting gulls cause?

Even if you haven’t previously had a problem with nesting gulls, if you live in an area where they’re prevalent, you should think about taking action for the reasons below:

 Noise pollution

Gulls are not the most peaceful of birds. Having a gulls nest in your chimney at home could result in you being woken up every morning by their loud squawking.

An unpleasant smell

Gulls like to eat anything and everything they can find. The result of this is their droppings have a really bad smell. In addition, gull droppings can be dangerous to human health due to their high acidity and the parasites they contain.

They can make a mess of your roof

Imagine having gulls coming to and from your home or business premises all day. The mess they can make over a period of time can be quite considerable, which you may then have to pay someone to remove from your roof tiles.

The possibility of being attacked

Gulls are generally very possessive when it comes to their young. There have been reported cases of people being attacked by nesting gulls every time they entered or left their property.

Prevention is better than cure

Gulls are protected by law, so no matter how much nuisance they’re causing, you can’t take matters into your own hands by removing or destroying their nests.

There are a variety of options available to prevent gulls from nesting on a building including wires, netting and spikes. The prevention method used usually depends on the type of building that needs protected.

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