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What methods will get rid of Seagulls?

Falconry

Falconry is the most effective solution to your seagull problem. At Hawkeye, our trained falcons and hawks predate on seagulls; this has held true for thousands of years in nature and in the practice of falconry. This method is the most effective because falconry is not something that seagulls can habituate to, and if done properly this is an extremely effective solution that has worked for bird control technicians worldwide. This solution is humane, natural and inflicts a huge residual fear to pest seagulls on your commercial property. Before we get into alternative methods, let’s first talk about why seagulls are a problem for your commercial property.

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Why are Seagulls Considered Pests?

The sound of seagulls may remind you of hot summers at the beach, but if these pesky birds are hovering around your property, you will likely want to get rid of them. An important thing to know, however, is that seagulls are a protected species in Canada, so you cannot set traps or harm them. Seagulls can pose a danger to your commercial property for a number of reasons and can even impact low-flying aircrafts. If you have seagulls on your roof or flocking around your property, here are some important things to know about how to get rid of seagulls.

Seagulls are considered pests because they cause physical harm to properties and pose many health risks to your workers, tenants, clients, or consumers. According to microbiologists, seagulls can carry bacteria like E. coli, salmonella, psittacosis, and fungi that can cause infections and make you very ill. If your business manufacturers food or beverages, production could also be affected by seagull droppings in the area, on your roof, or even that have gotten into your HVAC system.

Not to mention, seagulls aren't shy when they see food. Since they are comfortable getting so close to humans, the risk of them spreading their diseases becomes serious. A few seagulls nearby may not pose a big threat, but if your property is surrounded by them, your situation is a lot more urgent than you may think.

Another reason why seagulls are pest birds is because they pose various hazards to the structural integrity of your building. Their droppings are acidic, which can deteriorate asphalt roofing and other equipment on the roof, and they construct their nests using grass, seaweed, and sticks, which are all flammable.

 

Alternative Seagull Control Methods

 Remove Food Sources

The reason why most pest animals are attracted to commercial buildings is because they have found a food source nearby and your roof is a perfect place for them to set up shop for the nesting season. To discourage seagulls from nesting around your property, you should remove any potential food sources.

Some of these can include:

  • Bird feeders
  • Compost bins and garbage bins
  • Outdoor eating area with food debris

Install Deterrents
Another helpful tip to keep seagulls away is to remove access to their nesting site. Hawkeye provides services to install spikes and barriers over window ledges and your rooftop to deter seagulls and any other type of pest bird from landing there. We can also install bird netting and sloped sheeting that help to make your property difficult and unappealing for seagulls.

Noise
Noise can be an effective tool to disturb seagulls and prevent them from making their nests near your property. As long as it does not disrupt other businesses or communities nearby, you can play blasting or cannon sounds from a radio to scare the birds away. Keep in mind that this option alone may not work. Seagulls are intelligent birds and may get used to the sounds if they notice that there is no real threat. With the proper permit, Hawkeye can provide pyrotechnic services for your business by shooting off loud firework type explosives that are effective in scaring off seagulls more efficiently than a radio as there is something actually being shot off into the air.

 

Hawkeye’s Seagull Control Services

Whether you are located in the city or a rural area, you've likely seen your share of seagulls. However, if they have become a danger or hazard to your customers and employees, it's time to take control of the situation. With professional seagull control services, seagulls are easy to exclude from areas without using lethal means.

Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control is a bird and animal control company that services residential, commercial, and industrial properties in the Greater Toronto Area, Golden Horseshoe, and many parts of Florida. We manage pest birds, animals, and other nuisance wildlife. Our services include bird control using birds of prey/falconry experience, balcony cleaning and netting, exclusion, installation of screens for doors and dock seals, and a variety of deterrent methods using sounds and visuals. Some of these techniques include pyrotechnics, ledge modification, nest removal, and more. We guarantee results that exceed our competitors.

Hawkeye is the only pest bird and animal/wildlife control company in Canada designated "Certified Wildlife Control Professional" and we hold the following licenses: Trapping of Fur Bearing Animals Permit, Falconry Permit, and Pest Control License. We are the only company in the GTA allowed to permanently remove nuisance animals, while other companies are required to trap and release the animals.

Need help removing seagulls from your commercial property? Email us at hawkeye@hawkeye.ca or call us at (416) 429-5393.