Keeping seagulls away has become harder over the years, especially for those who live in coastal towns. Seagulls are not only noisy birds but they leave foul-smelling droppings and are not afraid to attack people.
If you have never had food snatched from you by these creatures, you are one of the lucky ones. Seagulls tend to get aggressive if they fail to gain access to food, swooping over kids’ heads and taking off with their fries. They do not only snatch food but small animals and pets as well.
The main thing that regularly attracts seagulls to where humans reside is litter and waste. As they like scavenging for food, it’s not advised to feed them or to leave food out. Find a way to scare them off without hurting them, e.g. by using decoys, spinners, water blasters, or sound emitters.
These birds not only pose a physical threat to humans but where seagulls are, health risks are bound to surface.
Microbiologists have indicated that seagulls carry various types of diseases and bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli and other diseases that are known to be antibiotic-resistant.
The likelihood of more pests and bugs nesting in your home is higher as gulls’ nests create a breeding ground for them. Not only will you have to deal with more pests around your property but seagulls also cause damage to the roofing and exterior of your house as their droppings contain acids.
They fly around collecting different flammable objects, such as cigarettes, when building their nests and these objects can block the drainage system in your house.
So How Do You Keep Seagulls Out of the House?
The best time to deal with your seagull problem is before it even starts. This would be just before they begin nesting and commence their breeding season.
The first step towards getting rid of seagulls is identifying the places in which they are nesting and breeding the most to help you weigh out which method works best to control them.
Before trying out methods designed to scare off seagulls, it is crucial you find out more about the laws surrounding the protection of birds in your neighborhood.
The removal of seagull nests is not only a difficult task because these birds might attack you, but you might face prosecution for removing the wrong species nest.
Here are some tested and effective ways to prevent seagulls from coming back to your home.
AVOID FEEDING SEAGULLS
A sure way to keep these annoying birds away is to refrain from feeding them. This includes keeping all bins and trash containers tightly sealed, ensuring any leftovers or food scraps remain out of sight.
If you haven’t been doing this all along then this is the answer to why seagulls keep coming back!
Like pigeons, seagulls are opportunistic scavengers and will likely get used to being fed and crowding around the same spot.
They will continue coming back to your house in greater numbers each time because your turf will have turned into their feeding ground as a result of them being fed by you and picking up scraps lying around.
Not only do they become too comfortable but they also tend to get more aggressive and bold over time.
GET YOUR DOG TO HELP
Another way to scare off seagulls is to get your dog to chase them. Some dogs might not be used to this so you will have to train them to do so.
Training a dog would not be too complicated as this is something they will eventually enjoy doing.
If you plan on buying or adopting a dog it is important to note that not just any dog will manage to get this job done. Seagulls have been known to snatch smaller pups and other small pets from people’s backyards.
Small pups like the Chihuahuas are out of the equation, you should consider getting a bigger dog breed.
INSTALL BIRD-SHOCKING TAPES AND WIRES
These tapes and wires work by releasing a small amount of electricity, enough to shock the bird to get it to move from where it will have landed.
This is a great way to keep seagulls away as it ensures they avoid perching on the protected surfaces in the future.
There are multiple shock tapes available for sale and they have easy-to-install instructions as well.
Depending on the protection laws surrounding seagulls in your area, it’s also possible to use high voltage electric wires to shock them. However, this would seriously hurt them, which is not only inhumane but this could also give rise to the issue of where to bury the bird in case they die.
PLACING FAKE OWLS AND DECOY ANIMALS
Seagulls, like many other birds, are not fans of owls because of their predatory behavior and their large eyes. They will steer clear if they come across one. Thus, placing a fake owl decoy will surely keep the seagulls away.
But because gulls are intelligent creatures, you need to ensure they don’t realize that your owl is a decoy. So move it around and place it in different locations from time to time.
Besides wooden owls, other decoys to use are hawk-shaped kites and other animals that the seagulls would be scared of. They are just as effective as the owl decoys as long as they are moved around and kept upright.
HAVE FUN WITH WATER BLASTERS
Servers at restaurants have figured how to scare seagulls off while keeping customers entertained with the use of water blasters.
If used enough times, the water gun becomes a reliable deterrent as the gulls become aware of what is going to happen the moment they see it.
There are water blasting devices that use sensors to spray water in the areas they’re planted. It’s not 100% guaranteed to be effective but is still a fun alternative to try out, especially if you have kids.
INSTALL SPIKES AND NETS ON ROOFTOPS
These spikes and nets help ensure gulls don’t nest, land, or perch up on your roof and chimney.
They can drastically lower the number of seagulls because these birds enjoy landing on high ground, thus protecting these areas helps to quickly get rid of them.
Another bonus to taking this route is the lack of bird droppings on the roof which damage tiles and other roof material, and are not easy to clean.
The nets and spikes come in different shapes and sizes to make it easier to fit in tricky spots. But professional bird control services to have them installed can also be hired if the task is too risky for you to take on.
Ultrasonic bird repellents are also another great option to keep seagulls away from your home.
They work by emitting high-frequency sound waves that are audible to birds and can be adjusted to different frequencies.
The ultrasonic bird repellents are to birds what dog whistles are to dogs. You cannot hear a dog whistle but dogs can, and they find them highly irritating.
They are slightly more expensive than most alternatives but are very effective in deterring seagulls from landing on your property due to their waves’ abilities to cover large areas.
Some sound emitters are audible to the human ear, thus you need to be cautious as this could annoy neighbors.
PLACING SPINNERS AROUND THE YARD
Investing in some spinners to scare off seagulls is also a good alternative when dealing with these birds.
Unlike getting a decoy which you have to move around every time to ensure the birds won’t notice it’s fake, spinners rotate by themselves either using the wind, solar energy, or can be electrically controlled.
Metallic spinning wheels work effectively especially when they are shiny as they blind the seagulls during the day.
You can also buy cheaper plastic wheels or create your own spinners using plastic and paper bags, though that might end up littering the yard.
THE COLOR RED AND SHINY TAPE
An article in The Guardian covered a man who managed to repel seagulls from landing near his home with the use of a bright red panel. Why gulls avoid the color red is still unknown but trying this out with red paint is worth the shot.
To keep the seagulls off your lawn, you might try installing a sparkly red bird feeder on the grass.
Using shiny tape to scare away the seagulls is another option. A way to use this tape is by placing it along the edge of your fence or roof. The reflective light from the tape blinds the gulls deterring them from landing on the protected places nearby.
Seagulls are known to be irritated by the smell of essentials oils and organic products like cayenne pepper and garlic.
Although this might be an effective alternative, it’s best to avoid using scents to keep seagulls away as they might irritate your neighbors and leave weird smells around your home.
These birds are very smart so there’s no need to be shocked if you fail to keep them away, especially if you are dealing with large numbers that have been nesting over a long period.
Keeping seagulls away from your home is not an easy task and this might become very frustrating leading you towards more severe alternatives that could harm the birds badly, leaving you in a serious predicament with the law.
Consulting a bird control company is the best option in such situations as they are experts and know which methods work best and they know exactly where specific devices like the water blaster, should be placed.
If you’re also dealing with pigeons in your yard, go ahead and check my post here as I provide useful tips to scare pigeons off.