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Common Problems Associated with Gulls

Gulls can be a health hazard as well as a nuisance in both domestic and commercial environments.   Some issues associated with high numbers of gulls:

  • Excrement causing fouling and creating a serious health risk
  • Attacking gulls protecting their young from perceived harm
  • Noise pollution from large colonies
  • Thuggish behaviour around food sources
  • Littering behaviour, gulls stealing rubbish and waste from sites and bins and causing a potential health risk in doing so
  • Damage to buildings and sites from the corrosive nature of their guano

Problems Caused by Urban Gulls

Gulls can be a big problem for businesses as well as in domestic situations.   Gulls can be a public health problem and large gull colonies do not look good on a business from a customer or investors point of view.   Gulls carry an array of diseases including salmonella and botulism.

Habitat and Behaviour

These animals are highly intelligent and have learnt to occupy many different environments both urban and more remote.   Their ability to cross oceans effortlessly enables them to find a food source at incredible distances from their nest/roosting areas.   Being able to do this means they can take advantage of circumstances wherever they arise, and can be found foraging behind a tractor, raiding local refuse points or fishing out at sea.   All this can be done easily form a comfortable nesting or roosting area, so in many cases they do not require a food source to become a direct nuisance on your premises.

How to get rid of Gulls?

Getting rid of gulls is fortunately a bit easier than most other birds as they are highly intelligent animals.   But unfortunately there is very little that can be done by the property owners as they are protected under law.   This requires getting the correct licenses in place and to do this you are required by law to be a competent and fully trained person.


Eliminate have a multitude of ways to tackle these clever adaptable birds.   Each site is different and this is where your Eliminate Technician’s training and knowledge shines through to give you the quickest and most effective method to eliminate your pest bird issues. Whether it is a scaring method or total eradication by proofing we have the solution to your problem.

Species Identification

The two main gull Species that are the most common problem in Scotland are the Lesser black backed gull – Larus Fuscus and the Herring gull – Larus Argentatus. As well as these two species there are a few other species that will come into conflict with man most notably the Common gull – Larus canus and the Greater black backed gull – Larus Marinus. They are all fairly similar looking relatively large gulls, the main obvious differences are in leg colour and the colour of the feathers on the back and wings.

Our Technicians are highly trained to RSPH level 2 as a minimum.  We are constantly striving to become the best in our field of expertise keeping up-to-date with all current training and legislation. We specialize in many areas of pest control, having unique insight into how certain species will react to a set of circumstances. This means that we can often find an alternative method to eliminate any pest problems on your premises.

Our team of Technicians will always get back to you within 24 hours. We understand the distress pests can cause as well as the financial damage they can cause on business premises. We will do our utmost to keep this to a minimum.

Eliminate strive for the highest standards of health and safety and as such is a safe contractor. We have our own Health and Safety policy and are CHAS certified.

A full risk assessment will be carried out on your premises before we begin any work.  The Risk Assessment and Method Statement will be provided with a copy of Insurance, relevant Training Certificates and a COSHH Report before treatments or proofing start on site.


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Debbie Cheyne

We had a problem with a squirrel trying to take over a stable block. Called Eliminate who provided a great service – turned up on time, no fuss and got the job done.

Michelle Coyle

Fast, professional and none of the usual nonsense you seem to get so often from contractors. 150 year old house with a resident rodent issue quickly resolved – won’t hesitate to call back when I want the 17 wasps’ nests taken out of the loft.

Tony Knoble

I would highly recommend Ian at Eliminate he helped me get rid of some wasps causing me grief at home. Very helpful and easy to deal with.

Robert Kirk

Thanks for your services in getting rid of these pesky wasps. Your staff were very professional and polite at all times.They were there within an hour of me phoning you. Excellent service.

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