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Nesting Seagulls? Your most expensive choice is to do nothing

Thursday 15/03/2018

If you have had them before, then take action now, as they return every year to same location and prevention is better than cure.

Seagulls are colonial birds, meaning that they roost and nest in large colonies for safety, making it easier to spot predators and mob-attack any likely threats, including us humans. Seagulls that hatch on a roof will return at 3 years old to mate and nest on the exact same spot they were born. Seagulls can breed for up to 15 years and raise 3 chicks per year. Do the maths, the population growth of an uncontrolled colony is staggering.

Allowing seagulls to establish a nesting colony on a building is bad practice. Ignoring one once it starts can lead to exponential growth and huge repair costs. Nesting birds are noisy, aggressive and cover the surrounding area with their guano, which attacks paint and etches into cladding coatings. Nest debris blocks roof drainage systems causing flood risks. Gulls are inquisitive and will peck at insulation, wiring and roof coverings causing further building degradation.

Seagull guano can present a slip hazard and disease transfer risk, carrying many transferrable zoonose between bird and human . It can also damage vehicles, plant & equipment. Employers and landlords have a legal duty of care to staff, occupiers and site visitors, to provide a safe working environment.

Many of our clients come to us having wasted tens of thousands of pounds per year cleaning up after gulls, repairing the damage they create and reacting to the knock-on effects of bird infestations. The most expensive choice that a Building Manager can take in this situation is to do nothing.

The main legislation that relates to seagulls is the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, which applies to all species of gull. It’s illegal to capture, injure or destroy any wild bird or interfere with its nest and eggs. But general licences are issued by Natural England and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which allow specific measures companies can take against species of birds to help preserve public health and safety so long as the actions are humane. The PestFix team are trained, qualified and hugely experienced in providing professional advice to businesses that find themselves in the grips of a seagull infestation, saving them thousands in reduced maintenance, down-time and mis-selected remedies.

PestFix is recognised as the UK’s foremost provider of gulls control solutions for businesses. We specify and supply a huge range of products & systems that you can use to deter birds from nesting in the first place, such as bird spikes , netting , ultrasonic deterrents and bird shock solutions.

Our hawk kite bird scarer kit deters birds from crops, grass areas, roofs and landfill and will protect up 400m2 of roof surface each. It can be used with a bio-acoustic deterrent for added effect. We also supply the award winning Autonomic laser bird dispersal systems which are an ideal solution for many commercial premises as they are silent and produce immediate results.

If your business is losing revenue and resources in continually reacting to the results of a seagull infestation, be pro-active, save your business money call PestFix now on 01903 538 488 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm) for a free initial consultation. Remember, time is of the essence.

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