Herring Gull
(Larus argentatus)

Introduction

Herring gulls are found throughout the UK. Although many gulls are referred to as seagulls, there are some differences among breeds that set them apart. Herring gulls have a reputation of stealing food as well as being found around rubbish tips and large reservoirs.

Description

Adult herring gulls are silver or grey in colour and have a white head and pink legs. The wingtips of herring gull are black with white spots and their bill is yell with a red spot.

Biology

The herring gull lays an average of three eggs and will the incubate them for up to 30 days, with young birds being able to fly around 40 days after hatching.

Food

Herring gulls will eat a wide variety of foods, from small birds and there eggs, to what ever they can find on landfill sites and rubbish dumps

Habitat

The locations can include landfills as well as built-up urban areas. Herring gulls can always be found by the sea, but are just as comfortably in cities roosting on rooftops of homes and commercial premises

Reasons for control

Although the presence of gulls can be intimidating in some instances, one of the biggest problems associated with the presence of herring gulls is the waste that occurs, as bird droppings have the potential to transfer a series of diseases, including E. coli and salmonella.

Depending on their nesting location, herring gulls also have the potential to block guttering and ventilation.
The presence of herring gulls can also be a threat to livestock and potentially carry disease. However, the conservation status of the birds means that those dealing with infestations in the wrong way could face some serious ramifications.
Given the strict deadlines in place regarding the treatment of gulls, those looking to carry out any form of pest control need to ensure that they’re employing the services of a seasoned professional.

Detecting an infestation

Know your options

Do It Yourself
Let us not play around, doing it yourself is not always easy. But it can be cost-effective even if you end up hiring someone else to complete the job. If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Pest Control Company
In truth, most pest companies give a good image of themselves and do a good job. Like any industry, you will get your good companies and not so good. Like any trade, we would suggest someone who comes recommended. Failing that, you can search through our directory to find a registered pest control company. These will be licenced pest controllers that go by a standard of guidelines. You can find their address here and much more at our website: http://baitpoint.co.uk

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