Herring Gull

(Larus argentatus)

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 at the seaside as well as being found around rubbish tips and large reservoirs.

In Britain, the Herring gull has been on the red list of birds due to a decrease in population.

As well as being referred to as seagulls, the herring gull is also known as the Larus argentatus.

DESCRIPTION

In some instance, gulls can be difficult to tell apart, especially those that haven’t reached adulthood. Adult herring gulls are silver or grey in colour and have a white head and pink legs. In warmer months the herring gull will have a white head, which will become streaky during the colder periods.

The wingtips of herring gull are black with white spots and their bill is yell with a red spot.

White body with silver-grey wings and yellow bill

Weighing 690-1440g

55-65 cm long

BIOLOGY

Once the herring gull has decided on a nesting location, they will look to mate for life in most instances.

Herring gulls reproduce using internal fertilization with the successful laying of eggs used to determine the compatibility of the pairing.

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.

1 brood per year

2 -3 Eggs per Brood

30 days incubation period

FOOD

HABITAT

The Herring gull is often considered a pest as it tends to swoop in and take food without warning, and the 165 cm diameter wingspan of some of the gulls can be intimidating to some

The herring gull will often settle when they find a reliable food source and will use the same nesting location every year.

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

 The locations can include landfills as well as built-up urban areas.

Herring gulls can always be found by the seaside, but are just as comfortably in cities roosting on rooftops of homes and commercial premises

Herring Gull

(Larus argentatus)

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.

 

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DETECTING AN INFESTATION

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.

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.

 

 

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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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