Commercial Seagull Exclusion Services
Often found at the beach, seagulls are a large nuisance to those businesses and facilities located near large water sources. Understanding the potential damage they can cause will better prepare you for future prevention.
- Appearance: Seagulls are larger birds, primarily white in color with varying patterns of gray and black along the back. They have a slightly hooked beak, with webbed feet and long wings.
- Habitat: Seagulls prefer areas close to food and water sources, nesting in colonies on sandy soil.
- Behavior: They are migratory and are attracted to areas with large food and water sources. They also flock in very large numbers, so their impact wherever they choose to roost can be significant.
- Damage: Seagulls have the potential to spread disease, as well as parasites. They may also damage agricultural crops, food supplies, and water sources.
Western makes a point to review all state and local laws before service, as seagulls are classified as a migratory species and are protected by federal law. Our seagull control is meant to help keep your facility nuisance-free.
Challenges of Commercial Seagull Control
Seagulls are a common sight down the shore and the sound of them often evokes memories of summertime fun. But seagulls also have the ability to harm the exterior of buildings and potentially spread disease. We recently caught up with Western’s Manager of Specialty Services, Shannon Sked, to learn more about the impact seagulls have on businesses down the shore.
“Next to pigeons, the second most common bird offenders we deal with are seagulls. They are protected by the migratory bird treaty act, meaning we have to be creative when it comes to deterring them from buildings and ensuring we are complying with their protected status,” explains Sked.
Sked went on to explain Western’s deterrent programs, which are enacted between nesting cycles in order to be most impactful. “Spring is the biggest time for nesting cycles and we make it a point to never disturb their nest or their eggs.”
It’s extremely important to contact a pest control professional if you’re dealing with an overabundance of seagulls around your building. They are protected by law, and if dealt with incorrectly or without the service of a professional, the repercussions could be great.
Your best bet? Picking up the phone and calling your local pest control expert.