Gulls are typically found scavenging for food during the more temperate months in landfills, parking lots, parks, and farms. They can be very messy pests, defacing buildings and sidewalks with their droppings which have a risk of carrying several diseases. Before a gull infestation becomes overwhelming, it is important to have a plan.
Gulls are often found along inland waterways and in open landscapes. They typically occur on beaches, open grasslands, and wet meadows. Their preference for open areas makes them well-suited to urban and suburban landscapes and they are often found on large, grassy lawns, parking lots, and in vacant land.
Gull Life Cycle
Eggs are laid from the beginning of May and a clutch usually consists of three eggs. After three weeks the eggs begin to hatch, and the chicks are usually seen in June. Gull chicks grow very quickly and are quite active which means that they sometimes fall from nests. Small chicks usually die if they are not returned, but the larger chicks will continue to be fed and protected even while on the ground. The chicks fledge in early August and take three to four years to reach maturity when they will begin to breed. Gulls generally have a lifespan of around twenty years.
Gulls are expert scavengers and have probably moved to urban areas due to waste and litter being a readily available food source. Urban rooftops are an ideal replacement for their natural nesting habitat so gull proofing likely nesting points will prevent your property being used. Using a specially trained bird of prey as a deterrent is also an effective means to deter gulls.
In addition to this, good housekeeping practices will discourage gulls so disposal of waste in securely lidded bins will prevent your property being attractive. Disposing of litter and encouraging your neighbours to do the same will help the area around your business also.
Gull Service Prep Guide
There are many things that should be done to prepare for a gull treatment. For the full list of ways to make your gull treatment successful, view our Gull Service Preparation Guide.
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