Gulls are found across the country as far north as Alaska. Typically spending the majority of their time along the coasts, gulls prefer areas close to water because they nest, feed, and breed there. Though the birds are generally associated with the sea, populations of gulls can be found inland as well, especially near lakes and rivers.
Trained wildlife removal specialists utilize their knowledge, skills, and appropriate tools to help eliminate gull problems humanely, especially if modification or exclusion methods fail. Removal of nests, eggs, and young may be effective, though relocation tends to fail, as gulls just return over time. Since the birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, shooting and killing gulls is forbidden unless done so by a trained professional with the correct permits.
Control and Safety
Modifying possible gull habitats is a way to prevent the birds from populating the same areas as people. Install wire or plastic netting over reservoirs, crops, and landfills to discourage and exclude gulls from the area. Using spikes in areas where the bird would prefer to perch also works as a deterrent. Decoys, amplifiers, certain scents, and the presence of dogs can help keep gull populations under control, as well.
Are gulls known to enter homes or yards?
When searching for new sources of food, gulls may nest on rooftops and enter areas of human habitation. The birds are attracted to collections of garbage and other easily obtainable resources. People who intentionally feed gulls only encourage the birds to roost.
Do gulls harm people or property?
The seabird causes damage to both homes and businesses. Gulls nest on rooftops in urban areas, leaving behind droppings that can carry various harmful bacteria. The birds are also involved in numerous collisions with airplanes each year, which compromises the safety of passengers. Gulls peck at structures and feed on crops and food intended for livestock, as well.