There are a number of practical steps that people can take to prevent the presence of these pest birds on their premises
Rentokil, Ireland’s leading pest control provider, is issuing a warning to the public to treat gulls and other pest birds with caution this month as this period of the year sees increased activity from gulls due to it being their nesting period.
The company has a number of practical steps that people can take to prevent the presence of these pest birds on their premises.
Rentokil has noted that the main proportion of callouts for gulls and other pest birds so far this year are originating from urban areas in Dublin. Urban areas offer pest birds easy access to food waste and tall buildings can mimic high cliff tops those birds such as gulls would traditionally nest on.
August is typically the time of year when gulls are nesting and tending to young chicks who have recently fledged. The birds can become extremely aggressive and protective of their young. They are also likely to harass or try to steal food from members of the public and raid waste bins in search of food to bring back to the nest.
Pest bird droppings can also present a hazard as they can contain bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella and can lead to the spread of infections through surface contamination, inhaling bacteria from dried droppings, or being transferred by bird mites, which can bite both people and birds.
Richard Faulkner, Advanced Technical Field Consultant with Rentokil said:
“Pest birds such as gulls can be a nuisance for home or business owners at this time of year. However, there are some steps you can take:
However, if the problem persists, the best option would be to seek the advice of a professional pest control service.”
Members of the public can find out more about pest birds and how to deter their presence on the Rentokil website.
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