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Act Now – Stop Seagulls in their Tracks 11/04/2017

They’re back – the stealers of chips and feathered menace in our towns and cities. Yes, seagull breeding season approaches and the time to take preventative measures is now.

Urban seagulls have been attracting significant attention of late. A debate took place in Parliament recently about the birds and the nuisance they cause. Oliver Colvile, Conservative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he receives hundreds of letters from his constituents about seagulls.

The MP witnessed an incident where a friend of his had fish and chips stolen by a seagull, but incidents of seagulls killing pets and attacking people have also been reported. Bolder gulls will also go into houses and shops to take food.

In breeding season, seagulls will often dive-bomb humans & pets if they think their nests and young are under threat. The elderly and babies / toddlers are most at risk should they stray into the path of a defensive breeding seagull as attacks are can escalate quickly and are often sustained if one cannot move quickly to safety.

Health & Safety
While food stealing and attacks are an obvious problem, especially during the breeding season (April-August), seagulls also pose serious environment and hygiene issues, sometimes less obvious to the casual observer. The bird faeces can carry up to 60 transferable diseases (zoonosis), including Avian Flu, E-coli and histoplasmosis. The latter is an airborne pathogen that gets into buildings through air vents or the ventilation.
Mr Colvile has called for eggs to be replaced by dummy eggs. If an egg doesn’t hatch, the seagull will not lay more eggs. He also said new buildings should be made gull-proof – i.e. they need spikes and netting to limit the birds’ nesting options.

PestFix supplies the full bandwidth of structural bird control solutions from bird spikes & netting to hawk kites and laser beams. If your foe has feathers, PestFix are the people to call upon for help.

Take Action
If you want to take control of a seagull problem in your area, what can be done?
Early April is the start of the seagulls’ breeding season. Once Herring Gulls or Greater Black-backed Gulls have live young, you cannot move or disturb nests. As a result, your business or premises can face months of disruption and financial loss.

There are numerous, effective and humane solutions including seagull anti-perch spikes, post & wire and bird control netting, which deter seagulls from using your building or structure for nesting, roosting and perching. We also supply highly effective bio-acoustic bird dispersal systems which use the seagulls own distress call in playback to disperse them with great effect.

If you manage a landfill site or any other large open site that needs protection from seagulls, PestFix stocks a Hawk Kite bird scarer kite system. It’s the toughest and strongest self-launching predator kite on the market.

In November PestFix won the UK pest industry’s coveted Best New Product of 2016 award with an innovative new bird control solution. Agrilaser Autonomic, a highly effective laser-based bird dispersal system. With a 2km range Agrilaser Autnomic is ideal for use in repelling birds from industrial & commercial roofs, commercial solar energy installations, arable farmland, airfields, sports grounds, lakes and fisheries, waste processing sites, golf courses, playing fields, car parks and docks.

If you want to manage your seagull problem this year, act now to prevent them nesting. Call the PestFix sales support team for a free consultation and quotation on the number below.

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If you have any questions or need advice, please phone the PestFix customer support team on 01903 538488.

 

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