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How to get rid of seagulls

Read on for ideas for getting rid of seagulls, and also preventing them returning.


By Cleanipedia Team

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Once seagulls move into your roof, they can be noisy, irritating and even slightly intimidating neighbours. Here you will find tips for how to keep seagulls away from your home, and for encouraging them to re-home somewhere else if you do get seagulls nesting on roof tops.

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Why is seagull prevention important?

If you have seagulls on and around your home, they can cause issues for a number of reasons. These include:

  • Seagulls carry diseases which can cause food poisoning in humans.
  • Seagulls leave unsightly bird droppings everywhere.
  • Not only are bird droppings unattractive; the acid is highly corrosive and can damage the exterior of your home.
  • If you don’t get rid of seagulls, they will return year after year, making it harder to get rid of them.
  • If they constantly return to your roof, they can dislodge roof tiles and leave debris from their nest in drains and gutters causing issues indoors such as damp, mould and more.
  • Seagulls are very aggressive when hungry and will even take food straight out of your hand.
  • Birds like seagulls will use anything they can find to build their nests, even smoking cigarettes, which is a huge fire risk.
  • Insects such as bird mites, textile beetles and fleas are attracted to nests and roosting sites. This could lead to your home facing a bug infestation if you’ve got seagulls nesting.

How to get rid of seagulls

If you’re looking for top tips on getting rid of seagulls, we have you covered. Read on to discover not only how to get rid of them, but also how to deter seagulls from returning:

  1. Remove their food source. As with any animal, seagulls like to set up home close to food sources. These could include bird feeders, pet food, compost or rubbish bins and even food debris in outside eating areas.
  2. Install deterrents such as spikes or barriers. Bird netting and sloped sheathing help to stop seagulls (and other birds too!) from settling on your home.
  3. Use a bird of prey as a seagull deterrent. This doesn’t mean you have to buy a pet hawk. Instead put scary owl faces on masks or balloons or invest in kites shaped like hawks. A couple of these deterrents on your roof will ensure the seagulls move on.
  4. If you have a major seagull problem, the easiest thing to do is to call a professional. Seagulls are considerably more intelligent than most birds and can be difficult to eliminate. Bringing in an expert who knows all the tricks of the trade and will get rid of seagulls using humane methods.

With our easy guide to seagull prevention and tips for how to get rid of seagulls, you can be sure to prevent a future seagull problem at your home.

Key steps

  • Seagull prevention is key, as they can cause a lot of problems.
  • If you have a seagull problem, start by removing food sources.
  • Use deterrents like spikes and bird netting to deter them.
  • Add a bird of prey mask or kite to your roof.
  • If need be, call a professional to remove the seagulls.  

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