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Lockdown Making Sea Gull Problems Worse?

Most people who live in coastal towns are used to these pests swooping down and stealing food. They are certainly one of the top summer pests that drive us mad. But are sea gull problems becoming worse?

According to some sources, many areas are now facing the worst invasion of gulls seen in recent history. It seems the coronavirus is making sea gull problems far worse than they ever have been.

Previously, these birds would be deterred by the presence of people. Now there are fewer people to chase them off. As a result, they have become emboldened and are taking over public areas, causing greater health and safety issues as they do so

Sea gulls create huge issues for the public and business

These birds are used to savaging food that people leave behind. This means there is less for them to eat. Due to this, they are becoming desperate and starting to move further inland in search for food.

a flock of seagulls

There are also fears these problems could become worse as we move towards summer, and their eggs start to hatch. Compounding this situation is the fact that, although pest controllers are now key workers, some councils did not use the usual pest control measures during full lockdown.

In addition to this, seagulls and their eggs and nests are protected by law. This means that residents cannot legally do anything much about these birds. They cannot remove nests and eggs – or exterminate the gulls – and are forced to put up with these problems.

Some of these sea gull problems include:

  • These birds are extremely loud.
  • They nest on rooftops and debris from nests can damage roofs and block drain pipes.
  • They attack people and steal food.
sea front business
  • Their guano contains diseases and poses a health risk to the public.
  • Their droppings also contain acid which can damage property.
  • This raises the costs of maintaining buildings .

There are various solutions to sea gull problems:

  • Gull proofing measures that can include things like netting, spikes and bird gels.
  • Audio devices which mimic bird calls.
  • Laser deterrents.
  • Encouraging the public to dispose of food properly.
  • One of the best methods is to use falconry or hawks.

When you have sea gull problems, you need to contact professionals for some of the same reasons you might call pigeon control experts. And one of the main issues is that sea gulls present a danger to public safety and business security. Experts have ways of dealing with pest birds effectively and within the law.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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