Pest Control - Bird Management
GULLS - Gulls commonly nest and roost on rooftops mainly in cities, towns and villages. During the 70's the number of rooftop nesting gulls has steadily increased causing several problems, including, noise caused by calling gulls, mess caused by their droppings and fouling as well as damage to property due to nests which block guttering.
Gulls often pair for life and are very productive breeders with just a single pair able to raise up to 30 chicks over a ten year period. Nesting commonly begins in February with breeding commencing from March through to July producing on average three eggs.
For proofing, some pest controllers will use methods such as barriers, spikes, nets and wire to great effect. More recently active systems like shock strips, audible scarers and optical gels have been used to create negative associations in birds wishing to land or roost on buildings. All of these methods of proofing have their merits and some can offer a stronger and more lasting deterrent, but as with any method of control, they may become less effective over an extended period of time.
For a heavy bird infestation, Eden Falconry would recommend employing methods of control such as flying our birds of prey on a regular basis along with egg and nest removal as a more natural and humane deterrent. This will encourage most gulls to nest elsewhere as it is an unsafe environment to raise their chicks.