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- Written by Dan Frankian
How Do I Get Rid of Seagulls and Nests on My Roof?
If gulls are creating a problem for your commercial property or business, you’re definitely going to be looking at how to deter the pest birds and also how to get rid of seagull nests.
Hawkeye can deter seagulls from flocking on your property and creating returning colonies by using several methods alone or in combination:
- Falconry (scaring off seagulls using birds of prey)
- Physical deterrents, such as Bird-Shock Flex-Track, bird spikes, bird slides, and bird netting
- Audio deterrents (i.e. pyrotechnics)
- Seagull nest removal
There are two important aspects to seagull nest removal.
The first is obvious: a professional physically removes the seagull nests (and eggs) from the roof of your building, usually during breeding season.
But that’s not the end of it.
You also need to firmly break the habitual imprinting cycle. Due to their nature, seagulls will probably return to the colony site (a.k.a. your roof) the next breeding season. So, there’s a strong chance you’ll need to once again have the professional service remove the nests.
When the nests are removed a second time during breeding season, the birds will be physically unable to re-nest or produce more eggs. They will also be motivated to seek out a new breeding and nesting area the next year, because your roof is no longer considered a safe or desirable home for their colony, after their nests have been removed more than once.
Bird nest removal, combined with deterrent methods, can be very effective in saving your building’s roof and your commercial property from the negative impact of a seagull nesting colony.
Seagull control is a very common issue in public, commercial, and industrial areas of all kinds. It can become an even bigger problem if seagulls have decided that your warehouse roof, for example, is a great place to build their nests, lay their eggs, and raise their young. For that reason, how to get rid of seagull nests can be a significant issue for many businesses.
A seagull nesting area on your commercial property or roof can have a significant impact on your business’ operations, going from a minor pain to a major problem. Specifically, the presence of seagulls and their nests can:
- Gulls remove portions of the roof when nesting which promotes leaks
- HVAC systems get overwhelmed and infested with feathers and feather lice and mites which can severely affect all people with deficient immune systems and breathing problems
- Be a source of noise pollution around your commercial property
- Prevent access to electrical equipment and vents on the roof, especially once chicks are born and gulls are more aggressively protective
- Cause damage to your roofing material, venting, and equipment (seagull droppings are acidic)
- Clog roof drains, setting off flooding
- Promote the growth of moss and algae on your building’s roof or equipment
- Create a health hazard for your commercial goods and also in areas surrounding your business, due to droppings that can carry disease-causing bacteria and the presence of mites, fleas, or ticks
- Become a fire hazard, as gulls use natural materials for their nests and nest in large colonies
- Clog ventilation systems with nest materials and droppings, leading to poor air quality and even carbon monoxide buildup inside your building
- Lead to violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Present a hazard to low-flying aircraft, if you’re near an airport
So, one way of dealing with these airborne pests and the myriad of problems they can cause for your business is falconry and seagull nest removal.
At Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control Inc., our strategy is to nip seagull nesting in the bud. So, in addition to falconry and bird nest removal, we offer several methods of deterring seagulls from landing or nesting in the first place.
Is It Illegal to Remove Seagull Nests?
The Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA) is a Canadian law put in place to protect migratory birds, which includes seagulls.
Under the law, gulls, their eggs, and their nests are shielded from human manipulation, such as possessing them, hunting them, euthanasia, and trafficking. A special permit can be obtained in certain circumstances for these kinds of activities.
This means that it is illegal to conduct seagull nest removal on your commercial property on your own. You need a professional with the right permits to remove the birds’ nests for you.
Why Do Seagulls Nest on Roofs?
Seagulls, while categorized as seabirds, do come inland to nest in urban environments. So, even if your business or property isn’t right by the beach or harbour, you could still end up with a seagull problem.
These opportunistic birds are very adaptable. They’ll travel long distances—100 km or more—to find food, breeding grounds, and nesting areas.
When they come inland, the flat expanse of a commercial building’s roof can look very tempting to a seagull looking to nest, as they like open spaces for their colonies. Throw in some shady areas created by rooftop structures or equipment, an air conditioning unit for a water source, nearby food sources such as landfills, dumpsters, parks, or restaurant parking lots, and lack of human or land-based predators and you have an ideal seagull nesting sanctuary.
Do Seagulls Return to the Same Nest?
Once seagulls have found a safe nesting area with nearby food and water sources, they will return there the next year again for breeding season.
A single gull can live eight to 15 years, depending on the species. And the new generation of seagulls hatched at the breeding site will also return to it to breed and hatch their own chicks. Then that next generation of chicks will also grow up and come back to breed and nest there as well. And so the cycle continues. This kind of behaviour is called habitual imprinting.
So, if the roof of your commercial property has been discovered by some gulls, the chances are good that their offspring will come back the next year, turning into an eternal cycle of seagull nesting…unless that cycle is properly interrupted by a knowledgeable bird control service.
How Long is Seagull Breeding Season?
The usually monogamous seagull will return to its colony area from the previous year a few weeks before nesting starts. Mated pairs will find their same mate and renew their bond. If unpaired, a gull will scope out potential mates and start the courting process.
Breeding season lasts for up to six months, including courting, mating, the process of nest building, incubation, and fledgling season. This starts in March and can continue until about late August.
Seagull pairs will build their nests together, putting together a collection of twigs, grass, seaweed, roofing material and/or whatever they can find close by, including the remains of previous nests. Their nests are low to the ground in open, gravelly or sandy spaces or on a flat rooftop surface. The most common type of rooftop affected by seagull colony nesting is a tar and gravel roof. Seagulls generally nest in colonies, though they can be territorial about the area immediately surrounding their individual nests.
Seagulls will start building nests as soon as they’ve found their mate, so the nest or colony of nests may be on your roof or property for the entire breeding season or just part of it.
How Long Does It Take for a Seagull Chick to Hatch & Learn to Fly?
Each mated pair of seagulls will produce one batch of eggs per year, usually around two to three per brood.
Gull egg incubation can last from 20 to 26 days. The male and female will take turns sitting on their eggs in the nest.
Once seagull chicks have hatched, it can be one or two weeks until they start to grow feathersduring which time at least one of the parents is keeping them warm and guarding them in the nest. And then it’s usually four more weeks before they fledge and are ready to fly, with their parents teaching them how to hunt and scavenge.
Hawkeye’s Seagull Control & Removal Experts
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, including seagull nest removal from commercial rooftops and other property areas. We also offer seagull control using birds of prey/falconry, netting, exclusion, and a variety of deterrent methods using sounds and visuals.
Hawkeye is the only pest bird and animal/wildlife control company in Canada designated "Certified Wildlife Control Professional." 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 fur bearing animals, while other companies are required to trap and release the animals.
- Written by Dan Frankian
How Do I Keep Seagulls off My Pier?
When it comes to how to get rid of seagulls on a pier, you’ll need a professional service like Hawkeye to handle your bird control solutions.
Yes, we said it: falconry. This age-old practice of hunting with birds of prey is actually the best seagull control solution. It’s an environmentally friendly, humane, and effective way to impact the behaviour of flocks of seagulls and other pest birds on a pier or anywhere else where seagulls nest. Falconry is a quick and long-lasting natural scare tactic; but you need someone with a permit to carry out this strategy.
2. Bird-Shock Flex-Track
The Bird-Shock Flex-Track is a low-profile electrical ledge deterrent system that can be placed by Hawkeye in pier areas that aren’t accessible to pedestrians, such as ledges and beams. They emit an intermittent shock designed to frighten seagulls away without injuring them.
3. Netting Solutions
Seagulls are a familiar sight in many parts of North America, especially if you live or operate a business or commercial property near a body of water.
While they may remind you of a fun day by the beach, seagulls can also become true pests in recreational, commercial, and industrial areas. But due to the close proximity of water, flocks of gulls can be a particular issue at piers.
Piers, whether used as a landing or loading location for passenger or cargo ships, as a walkway by the water, as an entertainment space, or for fishing, can easily become a target for pest birds like seagulls.
Seagulls are attracted to piers because they are a convenient landing, roosting, and congregating place close by the water. Once these seabirds have found a desirable spot, they’ll keep coming back…and bringing more of their kind with them.
Nearby food sources make your pier even more desirable. Seagulls can catch their own fish off of the pier or feed on dead fish washed up on the shore or left by fishermen. Seagulls will also scavenge food waste and garbage , especially if the pier is a popular recreational or tourist destination.
The problem is that seagulls leave droppings behind them that are a health hazard and are destructive to a variety of materials due to their acidic content. Not to mention, they’re unsightly on any commercial or recreational property.
Gulls can also be aggressive towards humans and create a loud, often disturbing sound, when in large groups. If seagulls decide to use your pier for a nesting area, they can also create a fire hazard and promote the growth of mould on your pier structures.
Hawkeye’s Seagull & Bird Control Solutions
No matter where your seagull problem, Hawkeye has a customized solution that is just right for you. Using Falconry, Pyrotechnics, Deterrents, or a combination of techniques we can provide an effective and humane solution to your problem.
Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control is a Certified Wildlife Control Professional (CWCP) company with a falconry permit. We offer seagull control solutions to residential, commercial, industrial properties and piers in the Greater Toronto Area, Golden Horseshoe, and many parts of Florida. Our bird control solutions include birds of prey, netting, and Bird-Shock Flex-Track, among other deterrent methods.
- Written by Dan Frankian
What methods will get rid of Seagulls?
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.
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
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 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.
- Written by Dan Frankian
Hawkeye is the ONLY pest bird and animal/wildlife control company in Canada designated "Certified Wildlife Control Professional" AND holding the following licenses:
Trapping of Fur Bearing Animals Permit: In contrast to all other companies, we can euthanize the fur bearing animal, thus guaranteeing it will not return.
Raccoons may be cute with their ring tails and black masks but if you live in the city, chances are you’ve already had the misfortune of seeing them topple over garbage cans and cause a mess of trash on your lawn. While this can be a huge nuisance, nothing compares to the property damage raccoons can cause when they make a nest inside your home. How can raccoons damage your home? What kind of damage do raccoons do on your property? Are raccoons destructive? Here's everything you need to know about raccoon damage and how our animal trapping services at Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control can offer you permanent raccoon control.
Where Can Raccoons Damage Your Home?
Raccoons are talented climbers and it is no challenge for them to climb onto your roof. They may venture up there out of curiosity or if they found food, but the main reason is because they are looking for a good place to live. They can climb under gaps in the eaves or soffits or make a hole by digging away at your eaves and shingles. If this happens, you will have pesky rodents living in your attic, and roof damage that is costly to repair.
If you notice raccoons in your attic, they could impact the integrity of your roof and ceiling. They are attracted to weakened areas by feeling the heat escape your roof and will burrow into these weaker areas or holes to make their homes inside your attic. This damage can lead to leaks and floods in your home.
Walls, Pipe Insulation, and Air Ducts
Raccoons that enter your roof and attic can disturb insulation by packing it down or moving it around. When this happens, it leaves open spots in your attic that diminish or eliminate the effectiveness of the insulation to keep your home warm. As a result, you may experience ice damming on your roof and costly leaks.
Is Raccoon Damage Covered by Insurance?
Unfortunately, most renters and homeowners are not covered under insurance if they experience a problem with pests animals. These problems are classified as issues that could have been avoided, which is why it is paramount that you regularly check your attic, roof, and basement for signs of an infestation. The earlier you spot the issue, the faster you can remediate it, so it does not become a costly fix. The assumption by most insurance companies is that homeowners should be doing a good job of inspecting and maintaining their own property to ensure there are no potential places for wild animals to creep in can wreak havoc.
How Do I Potect My Home from Raccoon Damage?
There are several things you can do around your home if you notice raccoons wandering around and want to prevent them from making a home in your attic, roof, or walls. These preventative measures can also be done before there are any signs of raccoons.
Reduce or Eliminate Food Sources
Food is one of the primary reasons why raccoons might choose to nest in your home. If there is a constant supply of food nearby, such as bird feed, outdoor pet food, or garbage and compost, it will lure raccoons onto your property. You can reduce these sources in the following ways:
- Use secured trash cans with a thick lid and a weight or pressure strap on top. Lids that are thin and plastic can be chewed and broken by raccoons or they can easily be knocked over/lifted.
- Install a catch tray on bird feeder poles so that seeds don’t drop on the floor. Ensure that the bird feeder is installed away from trees or other structures that raccoons could jump from.
- If you have trees around your home, cut them back six to eight feet away from your home to prevent access to your roof.
- Use metal flashing on wooden beams at house corners to prevent climbing.
When Should You Call a Wildlife Expert for Raccoon Control?
If you notice raccoons in your neighbourhood acting like they are distressed or injured, contact your local Animal Control Services. The animal could be in trouble or sick, so do not approach them.
Otherwise, if healthy raccoons are roaming around your property, it is best to contact a wildlife expert for raccoon control. Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control has several control methods for raccoon families. These services include control methods such as using one-way exit devices and using hand capture, live trapping, and cage traps. We will visit your property and examine the signs that raccoons are present, then, we will search your property to discover where the nests are located. Once we have removed the animals from your property, we can help you secure your house from further raccoon break-ins. The raccoons that we capture will be safely released in the nature nearby.
Hire Hawkeye to Rid Your Property of Raccoons
Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control services residential, commercial, and industrial properties in the Greater Toronto Area, Golden Horseshoe, and many parts of Florida. Unlike other wildlife control services in the GTA, Hawkeye holds the following licenses: Trapping of Fur Bearing Animals Permit, Falconry Permit, and Pest Control License. This allows us to employ control methods in addition to relocation of captured raccoons.
We are also the only pest bird and animal/wildlife control company in the country designated "Certified Wildlife Control Professional" and we are permitted to euthanize pest animals in accordance with the Canadian Veterinary Association’s standards.
Our services include services include animal and bird control, falconry experience, balcony cleaning and netting, cleaning and exclusion. We guarantee results and offer permanent solutions that exceed our competitors.
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