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Gulls, also called seagulls, are a group of 23 North American bird species. These intelligent pests can adapt to a variety of habitats and available resources. Consequently, they are one of the few wild animals that have actually expanded their territory and food sources because of human behavior. Since gulls damage houses and present several health risks, they are problematic for homeowners.

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Adult gulls have white bodies with gray and black patches over their backs, wings, and heads. The pests are characterized by their webbed feet, long wings, and slightly hooked beaks. Gulls range in size depending on the species, with the herring gull weighing about two pounds, while the great black-backed gull may reach up to four.

DIET

Gulls eat a wide variety of foods. These pests are not picky, obtaining much of their food by taking advantage of resources provided by humans like trash cans and landfills. Some species are carnivorous, feeding on aquatic animals, carcasses, and insects, while others may also eat plants and crops. Additionally, many types of gulls eat the eggs and young of others of their own species.

HABITAT

Despite commonly being called seagulls, these pests’ habitats are not limited to coastal areas. Gulls are widely distributed in North America, often sighted in rural regions, agricultural fields, and urban areas alike. Wide, flat spaces with plenty of open ground to land, such as beaches, parking lots, airports, and well-trimmed lawns, attract the pests.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Gulls generally do not enter homes, as they are too large to easily access attics, eaves, or vents like smaller pest birds. However, many choose to build nests on roofs or land in large flocks on trees and lawns.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Property damage and health concerns result from gull infestations. Their rooftop nests may block drainage systems, causing structural issues. Uric acid in the pests’ droppings can also corrode metal structures, wear away paint, damage polyurethane boat or pool covers, and even reduce the functional life of some roofs by half. In addition to corrosive acid, their feces often contain illness-causing salmonella, E. coli, and campylobacter. Finally, gulls’ loud, shrieking cries and tendency to aggressively defend their nests often annoys residents.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

Since they frequently return to the same feeding grounds, the best way to prevent gull infestations is to avoid attracting them in the first place. To discourage the birds from landing, cover surfaces where they might rest, such as window ledges and roof tops, with porcupine wire. Reducing food sources is crucial to deterring gulls, though it can be difficult because of their varied diet. Treating lawns for any insect infestations and removing outdoor bird feeders are good places to start. Shiny plastic decoys or bird-of-prey-shaped cutouts may also scare them away.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Gulls have excellent homing skills, so trapping and removing them to another location is not an effective way to keep these pests from coming back. Homeowners should also be aware that gulls are legally protected in many U.S. states, so special permits are often required to remove them, their eggs, and their young. To be safe, homeowners should contact the licensed wildlife experts at Trutech.


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