Danish city dwellers plagued by seagulls

April 26th, 2016

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They are noisy and they leave their nasty calling cards on your clean car and laundry

They are nasty (photo: Sanchezn)

Seagulls can make a mess of urban life. They are noisy, they poop everywhere and they are hard to get rid of.

Pest removal company Rentokil is working on ways to get gulls out of the cities.

“We are considering every possible solution,” Rentokill technical boss Claus Schultz told DR Nyheder. “We are thinking about light, noise and physical ways of getting rid of them.”

Do not feed the birds
Many buildings are surrounded by grids that keep the gulls from landing on roofs, but that is only a partial solution.

Vejle is one of the cities plagued by seagulls. The municipality is actively discouraging residents and tourists from feeding the birds.

Police do not fine those caught feeding seagulls, but they do give them a pamphlet explaining why feeding them is a bad idea.

“We think it has helped,” said Søren Peschardt, head of environmental watchdogs, Nature and Environment Natur og Miljøudvalget.

“I think it has reduced the number of gulls.”


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