Gulls are an intelligent species that, unlike many bird species, thrive in human-inhabited areas. These common pest birds are typically found along shorelines and other coastal areas. They are commonly seen in garbage dumps and parking lots where they scavenge for food, too. If you are facing gull issues on your property, please call our Salt Lake City office.

Keeping Gulls Off Your Property

Although like all birds, they have their place in nature, gulls are destructive animals when they get comfortable on your property. Gulls typically do not get inside buildings, but they will fly into yards or public spaces where food is available without hesitation. Below are some common problems posed by gull presence and some ways to control the gull population.

Common Gull Problems

  • Gull management in Salt Lake CityBirds desensitized to human presence are often bold enough to steal food directly from picnickers or people eating meals on patios at outdoor restaurants.
  • 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 indiscriminately.

Gull Control & Safety

  • Strictly enforcing feeding restrictions and removing access to other sources of food is the most effective way to control gull presence.
  • 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.
  • Finally, if gulls become fond of roosting on rooftops and chimneys, setting up bird spikes can be a helpful deterrent.

Trapping and Removal

Seabirds, such as ring-billed and herring gulls, are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which prohibits individuals from hunting, trapping, removing, or interfering with the nests of gulls without federal permits. If traditional frightening or exclusion tactics fail, individuals should call Critter Control to deal with problematic birds.

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Gulls
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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