Gulls and Pigeons

Pest Control of Gulls

Although they like to be beside the coast, gulls will nest anywhere and protect their nests aggressively – diving at anyone they feel poses a danger to their young. Technically there is no such bird as the ‘Seagull’ – the term is commonly applied to the Herring Gull. The Herring Gull is the most common sea bird around UK shores.

How to identify a gull problem

Gulls become pests when they nest on buildings. Their droppings, noise and defence of nest sites makes them a health and safety risk.

How to get rid of Seagulls

To prevent gull problems, we recommend proofing properties when pest gulls have finished nesting and have left the site. We carry out ‘proofing’ work which involves using different methods such as blocking entrance holes or installing nets, sprung wire systems or bird repellent systems that discourage birds from landing and roosting.

With pest gulls another solution is to use hawks as a deterrent. The hawk makes the gulls uncomfortable and encourages them to find an alternative nesting site.

Gulls and Pigeons

Fun Facts about Gulls

  • Herring gulls are the most common gull around Britain’s coasts and seaside towns.
  • The Greater black-backed gull is the largest gull in the world.
  • The larger species of gull take four years to mature.
  • Gulls demonstrate complex methods of communication and have a highly developed social structure.
  • Kittiwakes are the only gull species that nests exclusively on cliffs.

Pest Treatment of Pigeons

Almost universally disliked and sometimes described as ‘rats with wings’, feral pigeons can become a pest problem when they nest and/or roost on your property.

They are not nasty or aggressive birds like gulls – the main problem they pose is their droppings. This attracts insect pests and has the potential to spread nasty infections. Wet droppings on slippery surfaces can also be extremely dangerous, not to mention unsightly.

Pigeons also carry mites and fleas. As well as ‘proofing’ your premises to stop birds entering, our work includes the removal and proper disposal of all fouling, which can be several feet deep in premises that have been left unchecked. Our aim is to leave your property clean and tidy, and protected against further pigeon problems.

How to get rid of a Pigeon problem

The solution is usually straightforward – prevent the pigeons from roosting on your home or office.

In the fight against roosting pigeons, we have a variety of effective deterrents at our disposal. What will work for you depends on the scale of the problem and the way the problem is manifesting itself.

Our aim is to deter roosting pigeons, rather than physically capturing them. Our methods include: hanging netting over sections of the building to prevent the birds reaching their perch; or, achieve the same result by using spikes and sprung wires; or, if you wish to minimise the visual effect of the bird protection, we may be able to use Bird Free gel, which reflects ultraviolet light and appears as flames to a pigeon but is invisible to our eyes.

All these methods will help to keep your home or business pigeon-free. What is right for you depends upon the circumstances, and so the first action is a free survey to ascertain what is right for your property.

Once we have agreed a plan, we will install the preventative measures while safely removing and disposing of any avian detritus. This leaves your building clean, safe and protected.

From a single home to a large business facility, we can help with any size of problem and we offer a guarantee on all our materials and workmanship.

Gulls and Pigeons