Herring gulls are found throughout the UK. Although many gulls are referred to as seagulls, there are some differences among breeds that set them apart. Herring gulls have a reputation of stealing food as well as being found around rubbish tips and large reservoirs.
Adult herring gulls are silver or grey in colour and have a white head and pink legs. The wingtips of herring gull are black with white spots and their bill is yell with a red spot.
The herring gull lays an average of three eggs and will the incubate them for up to 30 days, with young birds being able to fly around 40 days after hatching.
Herring gulls will eat a wide variety of foods, from small birds and there eggs, to what ever they can find on landfill sites and rubbish dumps
The locations can include landfills as well as built-up urban areas. Herring gulls can always be found by the sea, but are just as comfortably in cities roosting on rooftops of homes and commercial premises
Reasons for control
Although the presence of gulls can be intimidating in some instances, one of the biggest problems associated with the presence of herring gulls is the waste that occurs, as bird droppings have the potential to transfer a series of diseases, including E. coli and salmonella.
Depending on their nesting location, herring gulls also have the potential to block guttering and ventilation.
The presence of herring gulls can also be a threat to livestock and potentially carry disease. However, the conservation status of the birds means that those dealing with infestations in the wrong way could face some serious ramifications.
Given the strict deadlines in place regarding the treatment of gulls, those looking to carry out any form of pest control need to ensure that they’re employing the services of a seasoned professional.