Gull Control

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Gull control specialists in Reading 

Gulls, like all UK wild bird species, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This makes it a criminal offence to kill, injure or take a gull; or to take, damage or destroy its nest whilst the nest is in use or being built. It is also a criminal offence to take or destroy their eggs.

However, there are exceptions to this and the law recognises that in some circumstances control may be necessary. As a result, the government issues a series of General Licenses which permit authorised persons to control certain species of gull for specific reasons. The reasons Herring gulls can be controlled under a General License are 1) to preserve or protect public health and safety 2) to preserve air safety (e.g. near airports) or 3) to prevent serious damage to livestock, food for livestock or crops. If the reasons given are for anything other than these, then the people concerned would potentially be acting illegally.

Bird droppings carry many diseases transmissible to humans, including thrush, E. coli and salmonella poisoning. Seagulls also carry a range of ecto -parasites (including bed-bugs, fleas and ticks) and these are also known to affect humans.

Public safety, maybe put at risk if a gull decides people walking down a street are too close to its nest and dive bombs them causing potential injury. Flood damage can be caused from the copious amounts of nest material that the gulls bring onto the roof which can cost thousands of pounds in damaged goods and loss of business due to downtime and repair.
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The main species of gull that nest on roofs and dwellings are the Herring Gull and the Lesser Black Backed Gull, they are very similar in size and appearance the main distinguishing factor is the herring gull has pink legs and the Lesser Black Backed Gull has yellow legs , very rarely a Greater Black Backed Gull will be found.

Research has proven that, generally, gull pairs will accept and carry on incubating dummy eggs. Plastic eggs part filled with sand can be painted to look like gull`s eggs. These are then substituted for the real thing.

As well as cutting down noise, dummy eggs may slowly disperse the colony. Females who fail to breed will find a new mate and therefore nest elsewhere (this could of course be an adjacent roof.) Also it is thought that male birds may return to their original colony, so in 3 years’ time there could be fewer birds returning to your area

Pestpro Bird Solutions have been successfully carrying out these nest management programmes for major companies that have been suffering from Gull breeding Colonies on their roofs and the associated problems that come with them and help you to understand why gulls find your premises attractive.

"We have used Pestpro Bird Solutions for two years now, to control the influx of seagulls during the spring and summer months. This includes the flying of a bird of prey, and the removal of nests at the end of the season. We have received a good, reliable, and cost effective service from Richard and his team and have since switched our other pest control services to PestPro Bird Solutions."

Facilities Manager - SAS International Ltd

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