Gulls are generally, but not exclusively, coastal birds. There are at least five common around the UK. Gulls are pests within coastal towns. However, Herring Gull and Lesser Black Backed Gulls over the last century have spread inland and are now resident within cities such as Birmingham and the Severn estuary where they have actively sought to steal food from humans. Due to their size they can cause a lot of fear.
The most common pest Gull seen is the Herring Gull. In their natural environment disputes between territory holders normally pull up grass to displace others. However, grass is usually absent upon roofs hence they pull anything else, causing physical damage to items such as air conditioning insulation and even roof felt or lead flashing.
Gulls are fairly noisy during courtship, and at their noisiest, messiest and most aggressive during the chick rearing phase.
The Herring Gull will lay a single clutch of three eggs in a season, but if eggs are lost they will lay more. Eggs are laid around April. Birds in their first year are speckled brown and several years pass before full adult plumage is attained. Because of their large size and lack of predators Herring Gulls can live for up to thirty years.
The increase in Herring Gull populations is thought to be linked to the increase in landfill sites. Many thousands of Gulls can be found feeding off rubbish here.
Achieving control of Seagulls
Seagull problems can be solved in a number of ways, depending upon the property.
Malum is a local pest control company which prides itself on delivering the very best integrated pest management approach. We look at every challenge from outside the box to give you the very best immediate and long term solution. Through experience we can provide a guaranteed* and professional service.
Based on 26 reviews
Malum Pest Control Southampton
18:31 03 Aug 21
Dean responded immediately to our initial enquiry (despite it being the weekend), and Dave was round two days later to remove the problem - a very large, but thankfully inactive, wasps nest in the loft - *not* something I’d want to tackle myself. I’m hoping it won’t happen again, but if it does I know who to call!
09:22 15 Jul 21
Malum pest control were fantastic dealing with a problem of pigeons nesting under our solar panels. The mesh installed was very neat and the area under the panels and our gutters were thoroughly cleared before installation. Dean and his colleague were fantastic. We also had ridge spikes installed. Excellent outcome we are now pigeon free.
18:19 25 May 21
Having had solar panels for 5 years we had never had a bird problem, until now. Pigeons, and to boot pigeon noise and droppings all over the roof, gutters, panels and worse the patio below where our children play.Dean was amazing. Organised the scaffolding, cleaned the roof/gutters, and fixed bird spikes to the panels so they couldn't get under anymore. The result, no more noise, and more importantly, no more bird droppings.Great value, great communications, great job. Highly recommended.
12:42 13 May 21
I called Malum Pest Control as I had 'noises' in my roof. As luck would have it, Dean was only five minutes away and I literally put the phone down to Dave to find Dean on my doorstep! He found the issue almost immediately - mice. He was back the following week to discover that the mice were very hungry and had eaten all the bait so he laid more and promised to return in 10 days. Today after a thorough checking the trays were untouched and the mice were no more. Dean couldn't have been more helpful and I can't recommend Malum highly enough.
17:43 07 May 21
Fantastic service. Efficient, pleasant and did the job!!!
15:18 15 Jan 21
Malum responded to my call quickly and arrived at the agreed time. They gave me lots of useful advice to deal with a mice problem.
19:17 09 Oct 20
I contacted Malum about an on going hornet issue myself and my neighbour had been experiencing and within 48hours Dean had arrived to investigate. Dean removed the hornets. His product knowledge was incredible very informative not only did Dean help myself and my neighbour he gave us information about what else could happen in the future how to help ourselves in the future and what to expect after treatment!Dean was very polite and professional thank you for making my garden safe for our family and dog! I hope I never have to use pest services again! But if I am unfortunate enough I would happily use Malum again!
10:41 06 Oct 20
Malum came and quoted for pigeon proofing our and our neighbours solar panels , Dean has done a great job for a good price. The pigeons have moved on so we are happy with the work.
18:51 14 Aug 20
Dean sorted our ants. Absolutely no trouble. Top class service. Wouldn't go anywhere else.
11:52 03 Aug 20
Brilliant, would recommend to anyone
07:36 29 Jun 20
Contacted Malum in regards to an ants nest we had in the property. Dean came to us promptly identified the problem within an hour and quickly applied the relevant poison and to date we haven’t had them return thank you Dean 🙏🏻😊
01:00 28 Jun 20
Professional, well priced and extremely efficient.
12:19 26 Jun 20
Brilliant service and so efficient in dealing with the issue I had in my home. Great company and would strongly recommend their service to anyone who is in need of a pest control company
12:53 07 Feb 20
Solved my problem when other firms didn't. Very trustworthy.
15:48 24 Dec 19
Woke up on Christmas Eve morning to find that something had chewed through waste pipe at rear of recently refitted bathroom toilet. No point in replacing pipe until culprits dealt with! My call to Malum was answered promptly and Dave was with us within an hour! After investigating and lifting manhole covers outside he identified evidence of rodent (rat) activity. Dave fitted a non return (one way) valve to soil pipe to block access. He then placed bait out to deal with any stragglers. After hearing stories about pest controllers from others I was fully expecting an extortionate bill - made even higher by it being in the Bank Holiday period - but I was told from the outset what it would cost, and that cost was very reasonable, including the follow up visits to make sure the problem is resolved. Superb service at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended!
10:09 16 Dec 19
Bee nest removed, quick and efficient
13:22 31 Oct 19
I highly recommend Malum for all your Pest Control needs. They are reliable, professional and friendly and we will continue to work with them on an ongoing basis.
19:18 04 Sep 19
Malum came to sort out a rodent problem we had. I could not be happier with the efficient, effective and friendly service they provided. They were clear on costs and treatment, reassured me and I cannot recommend them highly enough.
10:17 20 Aug 19
I was looking for a company to deal with a clothes moth problem . I had already had one quote from a national and it seemed high so wanted a second quote. I called Malum and spoke to a charming gentleman called Dean. He could not have been nicer and listened to my query and assured me that he could fix the problem. A visit was arranged and a subsequent quote was sent and agreed. Dean gave us advice as to what we had to do prior to treatment as well as what to expect after treatment. Following on from this we discovered that moths were coming out of the sofa, ( quite literally). I called and spoke with Joe, ( owner of Malum ) and he explained that we would need to have heat treatment and at this time it was something that he was unable to offer. He was very gracious. No one likes to turn away business, but it is very refreshing to hear this. Malum are truly professional, polite and more than anything, they listen. I cannot recommend them highly enough. A breath of fresh air. My only regret being that at this Malum could not assist. They even offered to help source a local company who did heat treatment. How good is that !!! Bravo Malum
21:11 16 Jul 18
Absolutely fantastic. Joe arrived promptly, was very friendly and professional, was not concerned where the bumble bee nest was, had appropriate tools to access nest and put the area back to how it was before. Excellent, very knowledgeable, and put my mind at rest regarding the likelihood of re-infestation, and also how he was going to manage preserving the queen and her colony. Would absolutely use again for any issues with infestations/pests. Thank you.
13:49 09 May 18
I found some holes in my front garden which I suspected was a rat burrow. I spoke to Joe at Malum and he promptly came the same day, offered some great advice and put down some poison in the burrows. He was very careful not to leave any pellets on the surface and covered up the holes really well. Not seen any more evidence of rats since. Very friendly chap who I'd trust with any other pest problems. Recommended.
03:53 13 Mar 18
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16:59 08 Oct 17
I called Malum pest control for a bed bug treatment, Joe was very punctual, tidy and informative. He minimised disruption to my household and once the treatment was finished had everything back in it's place. He was very mindful of my pets and my possessions. Absolutely great service at a very competitive price. Keep up the great work.
21:17 05 Nov 16
Joe is very friendly and knows his stuff. Quick response and fixed my problem on his first visit, which I had been struggling with for months!!! Only regret is not calling him sooner.