Having Gull Problems

  • Gulls are intelligent seabirds and one of the few avian species that thrive in areas of human activity.
  • While some individuals enjoy the sights and sounds associated with the birds, most regard them as unwanted nuisances.
  • Gulls are excellent fliers and swimmers, which makes them perfectly suited for coastal living.
  • The clever birds exploit available resources and will return to wherever they find food consistently available.

Common Gull Issues

  • When gulls nest on rooftops or chimneys, they can damage air filters, clog drains, and corrode metal equipment and paint finishes with their feces.
  • Nesting gulls also have a tendency to dive-bomb people and pets.
  • Common diseases carried by the birds include salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium, giardia, and E. coli.
  • In areas with beaches and boardwalks, gulls become nuisances when they aggressively steal food and defecate.

 Gull Removal Strategies

  • Running reflective tape, playing recorded gull distress calls, or erecting fake owls, kites shaped like hawks, and fake coyotes can all be practical means of control as these scare the birds away. Secondly, if gulls become fond of roosting on rooftops and chimneys, setting up bird spikes can be a helpful deterrent. If these traditional don't seem to be working contact Grand Rapids Critter Control to help with you gull problem. 
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Gulls are seabirds. They are most closely related to the terns, and more distantly to the waders, auks and skimmers. The term gull refers to members of a group of 23 North American bird species that belong to the family Laridae, subfamily Larinae.
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