During our trip to Lido we saw our fair share of seagulls; in fact there were so many that, as we were told, the water at North Lido wasn’t even swimmable due to excess bacteria from the nesting seagulls. I had always considered the sea bird a nuisance, but this was quite the development to me. With the bird’s inherent flock mentality, seagulls and their filth will always travel en masse, causing problems for coastal cities that have to deal with them daily, something I hadn’t considered.
In researching the bird I found there are many pest control services dedicated to the “expulsion” of seagulls and other nuisance birds and creatures, expulsion meaning that a spray of Methyl Anthranilate is used in the flock area which encourages the birds to move elsewhere. There are other methods to keep the gulls at bay as well like the “Daddi Long Leg”, a spindly object placed on top of street lights, roofs, or any other flat surface. There is also a more advanced method that plays the sounds of predatory birds, and pairs that with large balloons or menacing silhouettes to emulate their predators.
It’s pretty neat that even though sea gulls are annoying and nothing but a nuisance to us, that humane action against them seems to be the weapon of choice, rather than eradication. We should keep the continuity of our ecosystems balanced, so to treat the birds fairly is an important step to preserving the ecosystem around us.