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Seagulls

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Gulls in urban areas are notorious for stealing loose items and food. Gulls may also become aggressive when people or animals approach their nesting sites.

Congregations of Gulls can be a nuisance and cause damage with their droppings, nesting & feeding habits in places like landfills, airports, sports fields, parking lots, food processing facilities, shopping centers etc. as well as near water ways such as public beaches etc.


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Seagulls have the ability to drink both freshwater and saltwater.


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Gulls are highly adaptable and can live & thrive in various habitats. Gulls are commonly found along coast lines, near lakes, recently plowed fields, shallows, mud flats, airports, fish-processing facilities, landfills etc.

Gulls will roost & loaf in open areas with good visibility in order to spot predators.


Pigeons are dependent on humans to provide them with food, roosting, and nesting sites. They are found around agricultural areas as well as warehouses, feed mills, and grain elevators. They are also commonly found in cities around parks, buildings, bridges, and any other structures.


Biology can vary slightly depending on the species. On average, Gulls will have 1 brood per year with 3-5 eggs. There is about a 1-month incubation period and a 1.5 month nestling period. Young are born in the spring.

Nests are built or dug along shore lines or in other open, safe areas such as roof tops, using grasses, sand, sticks, seaweed, feathers, rope, and even plastics.


  1. stamping their feet in a group to imitate rainfall and trick earthworms to come to the surface.
  2. Seagulls are attentive and caring parents. The male and female pair for life and they take turns incubating the eggs, and feeding and protecting the chicks.
  3. Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a special pair of glands right above their eyes which is specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill.
  4. Seagull droppings pose a serious health threat. Droppings can contaminate food and carry many potential diseases such as E coli and salmonella.
  5. This coupled with the unsightly presence of their droppings on and around structures show the importance of preventing activity.

Do Gulls Migrate?

Most Gull species are migratory, but the extent of their migration varies by species and the area they are found in. Some species may be found year-round in certain areas such as the Atlantic Coast, but the same species further inland migrates in the winter.

What can I do to prevent attracting Gulls?

Keep exterior areas clean and avoid having open dumpsters & garbage cans. Prevent Gull nesting by excluding them from the area with netting, grid wire and other structural modifications.

Are Gulls Protected?

Yes, Gulls are federally protected under the Migratory Birds Act in Canada & the US. A special permit is required to cull birds and/or destroy their eggs.

What do Gulls eat?

A gull's primary diet consists of fish, mollusks, crustaceans, insects, rodents but also garbage & discarded food.


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