Gulls are highly intelligent, social birds. They typically are greyish white in color with long wings and beaks. Gulls prefer areas near large bodies of water and are generally associated with the sea, but they can be found inland near large lakes and rivers. With Lake Michigan to our east, gulls are a common pest bird for residences along the lakeshore. These fairly large birds eat fish, amphibians, insects, rodents, and human waste.
Why Do I Have Them?
Gulls are attracted to areas that offer substantial food sources and are located near bodies of water. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is the perfect harbor city for seagulls. In urban areas, gulls will nest on rooftops, shipping yards, around landfills, and along the coast. People who feed gulls only encourage the birds to roost.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Seagulls can be quite problematic when they take up residence around your home or business. Gulls are social birds that live in large colonies. They peck at rooftops and other structures, causing property damage. Their nests and droppings corrode buildings, spread disease, and contain harmful parasites like fleas, mites, and ticks. Seagulls also fly into airplanes, compromising the safety of passengers.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Seagulls?
Gulls are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This law makes it illegal to harm gulls and their nests and eggs without permission from the U.S. Fish and Wilde Service. Our certified bird specialists use highly effective bird removal and exclusion methods to properly manage seagull problems. Since every building is different, our technician will create a customized action plan for your situation. Bird spikes, netting, and deterrents will help discourage pigeons from landing and roosting.
Habitat modification is the best way to control seagulls. Ban people from feeding the birds. Install netting and spikes to discourage and exclude the gulls from the area. Scare seagulls with decoys or sound amplifiers.