Here is a representative sample of our recent seagull deterrent projects. This will give you an overview of the types of seagull infestations we remedy without harming the birds or annoying the people who live, work or play in these facilities. Our experience is wide ranging and varied, so no matter how intractable your seagull problem, we have a solution that will prevent seagulls from roosting, nesting, and polluting your property.
A severe seagull infestation, including nesting, on a large solar energy project in Boston.
The seagull splats on the panels significantly reduced energy production. The cost of cleaning the panels every two months was way over the projected annual maintenance budget. The solar investment group manager contacted Seagull Control Systems to permanently end the seagull infestation. Working with the panel installation contractor and the investor group, we designed a test phase, using our SCS Grid Wire Seagull Deterrent System modified for solar panel protection. In the spring of 2017 the contractor installed our system on a portion of the solar panel array. Instead of aluminum poles to support the nylon coated stainless steel wire above the panels, we supplied slim poles made from a very dense dielectric fiberglass so there could be no accidental electrical conductivity and virtually no shadowing. The test phase was a complete success. Seagulls abandoned the test section, and stayed away through nesting season and afterwards.
The rest of the panels were protected with our grid wire system in the fall of 2017. Energy production has returned to expected capacity. The solar panels are pristine
Two Complicated Seagull Deterrent Projects, Same Week, Opposite Coasts (Summer 2017). Gorgeous cliff-top home in Tiburon, the California jewel. Seagulls were polluting the expansive deck, paddling in the infinity pool, roosting and pooping on the limestone wall that enclosed this outdoor dining and entertainment area. Spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline were marred by the screeching seagulls that had taken over part of this extraordinary property. The property manager was desperate for a solution to this seagull invasion. Their acidic splat was discoloring the limestone and polluting the pool and patio. The Singapore-based owner was arriving soon for a month-long visit. She asked the builder if he had a solution, and he contacted Seagull Control Systems. He agreed that a grid wire deterrent system is the only permanent method for getting rid of the seagull infestation, but he worried that poles and wires might be intrusive. We came up with a solution—a grid wire deterrent system, mounted on the limestone wall with clamping devices we had specially fabricated for us, with wires strung high above the deck, running up to the house. A key feature—easy to uninstall when the owner is in residence, and reinstall when he leaves. The day after installation all seagulls were gone, and the day before the owner’s arrival the deterrent system was uninstalled. The seagulls had by then found other nearby places to roost and pollute. The property remained seagull-free during his occupation, and after his departure the system was reinstalled in a couple of hours, protecting the wall, deck and pool from a return of the seagulls and their nasty waste.
Three thousand miles to the east, as nesting season came to an end in July, a newly renovated $7 million beach-front home in the Hamptons was infested with seagulls. The new owner refused to take possession until the builder solved the seagull problem. She had read about the pathogens that are common in seagull excrement, including a recently identified anti-biotic resistant strain of E. coli that she worried could infect her and her family. Seagulls were on the roof peaks, the chimney, the upper story balcony ledges, the new white stone deck and seawall separating the deck and pool from the beach. They used the deck to break open clams and mussels, and feces were everywhere on the deck. Feathers floated in the pool and hot tub. A festive housewarming party was scheduled in two weeks. We got a call from the builder and drove out to the property to design a solution. We recommended the builder install our unobtrusive SCS Peak Roof Seagull Deterrent System (see photo–seagulls can’t land on wires) along with Spiders for the chimney and turret peak. SCS Wire Deterrents for the balcony ledges. An SCS Grid Wire Deterrent System mounted on 4X4 footings driven into the beach sand on the seaward side of the sea wall supported 8-foot poles. The builder strung our wires from the poles up to the second story of the house in a grid pattern we designed. The poles were unobtrusive in their beach location, and the nylon coated stainless steel wires, only 0.7mm diameter, were virtually invisible to people. But not to seagulls. They fear wires and won’t land beneath them. They abandoned the property immediately, just in time for the party, which was a great success. Builder and owner are very happy clients.
KwaTaqNuk Casino & Resort, on the shore of Flathead Lake in the Big Sky state, Montana, occupies a spectacular lakeside location. Surrounded by the Rockies, it welcomes visitors to enjoy a break from real life with outstanding food, comfortable rooms, a large marina and a world-class gaming casino. Only the seagulls roosting on the roof peaks marred the experience. The facilities manager contacted us in 2016 with a request to design and deliver a deterrent system that would be unobtrusive, would permanently end the unsightly mess these resident seagulls were causing, and require little maintenance in this harsh winter climate. We delivered the SCS Peaked Roof Seagull Deterrent System™ ready to install by his in-house maintenance crew, using ordinary tools and skills, following our detailed instructions. The system was installed on every roof and gable peak. The seagulls left immediately and have completely abandoned the facility. No more mess, no more pollution, and the lifespan of the roof is no longer being degraded by the acidic seagull waste.
Monterey Boat Works is a full service marina and boat builder located in Canary Row, the iconic testimonial to the California sardine fishery. Which explains the enormous seagull population that creates a pollution problem for many of the businesses in town. The marina manager asked us to design and deliver a seagull deterrent system for their boat house, a large building with a long, sloping roof. They hired a local contractor to install the system in just one day, following our detailed instructions. The deterrent effect was so successful we were asked back a year later, this time to eliminate the seagull problem on their restaurant peaked and gabled roof. That was completed in 2015, and in 2016 we added another small area on site, completing the seagull elimination project to the complete satisfaction of the owners and the manager. When asked by a prospective Seagull Control Systems customer about her experience with us, she said “they are a very reliable company, and a pleasure to deal with.”
Green Energy Consulting & Construction, located in central Pennsylvania, is a leader in the design and installation of solar and wind energy generation in the mid- Atlantic states. One of their customers, a marina in Avalon, NJ, had a serious seagull infestation on two of the solar panel arrays that GECC had installed. No one could have anticipated the damage that the gulls were causing. They were using the panels to feed on clams, flying over the panels, dropping the clams on the panels, breaking both clams and panels, and then landing on the panels for their feast. The result—anywhere from 2 to 6 panels required replacement each month, while the white seagull splat significantly degraded the solar power output. We partnered with GECC, designing and delivering the SCS Grid Wire Seagull Deterrent System™, modified for solar panel protection. This modification substitutes fiberglass poles for our aluminum ones, mounted on aluminum plates that are fitted to the solar panel racks. Completely dielectric, fire and UV resistant (the fiberglass we use is commonly used in electrical panel boxes), casting only a slim shadow on a few panels, our grid wires permanently eliminated the seagull problem. No panels have been broken since the installation in the summer of 2016, and both arrays are completely splat-free. A shout-out to Green Energy Consulting & Construction for standing behind their work. They followed through, in partnership with us, to eliminate a problem that a less responsible company could have walked away from.
DTE Energy (formerly Detroit Edison) Power Plant on Lake Erie, Michigan:
The cooling water discharge from steam turbines keeps the lake ice free along the shore, attracting fish, bald eagles and thousands of seagulls. The gulls interfered with workers and left a polluted mess on building roofs and interior walkways. Nothing scared them away, not even the eagles. Seagull Control System was called in to analyze the problem. We proposed an extensive seagull deterrent project protecting five buildings where the seagull infestation was most intense.
We designed, fabricated and delivered the SCS Grid Wire Seagull Deterrent System™ for each of the roofs (one on the far left, two farthest right, and two adjacent to the stack), requiring modifications to accommodate different roof surface materials, roof mounted structures such as HVAC, and roof layout. We worked cooperatively with their local maintenance contractor on the installation. Results were immediate and, months later, continue to substantially reduce or entirely eliminate seagull activity on and near these buildings. Management was so pleased with the outcomes they invited SCS back to protect a large fuel tank where nesting had been taking place (the white one between the stacks). This strong territorial instinct motivated seagulls to physically attack workers who were taking fuel level readings on top of the tank. Our grid wire system, modified to work effectively on a circular surface, used clamps to secure the poles supporting the wires, avoiding the need to pierce the steel tank. Seagulls immediately abandoned this area and workers are no longer harassed by the diving, poop-bombing birds. These successful seagull deterrent projects in 2015 and 2016 resulted in funding to eliminate seagull infestations on five more buildings, scheduled to start work in the spring of 2017.
Port of Tacoma, Washington:
Over the past three years the port has been re-roofing facilities such as warehouses, piers and work/office buildings. Beginning in 2012 Seagull Control Systems conferred with the architects to design a seagull deterrent concept that could be modified to easily adapt to various port facilities as they were included in this project. Our SCS Grid Wire Seagull Deterrent System™ was specified in the bid RFQs. We have worked with local roofing contractors for the past three years, completely eliminating seagull infestations on the new roofs. The Port management is very pleased with the results and, after protecting eight buildings in two phases of the project, they continue to designate SCS as the seagull deterrent standard for the Port of Tacoma.
The Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA was dealing with seagulls infesting the flat roofs on four buildings. In 2010 we designed and delivered a Grid Wire Deterrent System™ to their designated contractor and worked closely with the contractor to properly install the deterrent system on the library roof. The infestation ended immediately and a year later the navy asked us to protect three more buildings on the campus. Since then we’ve worked with them to partially uninstall and reinstall the deterrents to make way for solar panels and other major roof work. We continue to work with the designated contractor for routine maintenance of the deterrent system. The building roofs and solar panels remain entirely free of seagulls and their pollutants.
Prince William County Solid Waste Transfer Facility:
Although located far inland from the sea in the Virginia countryside, it was invaded by seagulls. They were attracted by the presence of food waste despite the fact that this facility is highly rated for its innovative recycling programs and overall excellent waste handling practices. We were asked to design and deliver a Grid Wire Deterrent System™ to protect workers and equipment from seagull “bombs” and the resulting pollution. We delivered a deterrent system that protected garage building roofs, truck unloading areas and adjacent offices. The seagull problem was eliminated in these areas where people had previously been harassed by the gulls. Three years later in 2015 the management asked us to design and deliver a Grid Wire Deterrent System™ for a newly-built waste handling building. Our concept of seagull deterrence was proven in a very difficult environment, resulting in an expansion of the original deterrent system as the solid waste facility expands.
The Great Lakes:
The Great Lakes are an ideal seagull habitat with plenty of urban food sources and a robust seasonal boating infrastructure. Those fortunate folks enjoy a boating paradise, but marred for some by seagulls infesting docks, pools, residences and outdoor dining. Here’s a note from a grateful Great Lakes boater whose property is now seagull free thanks to our Grid Wire Deterrent System™ designed for docks. It does not interfere with people enjoying the waterfront, but seagulls find it so threatening they leave and never return. A delighted customer wrote in 2011: “Our dock is the talk of Whitney Bay Just so you’d know, you weren’t lying about your poles and monofilament. We put it up on Friday – after scrubbing down the dock again – and BINGO, no gulls … zero … immediately and none since. They avoid it like the plague. I was ready for a two-week waiting period but we didn’t need it. Amazing! Our dock is now the talk of Whitney Bay, with lots of looking and pointing … from people. You said it works. The truth was in you.”
Speaking of Boating:
Nothing is more disgusting than seagull crap all over your bimini, T-top, cabin roof or boat lift cover. Seagull waste is often laden with E-coli, salmonella, parasites and other bad things—after all, seagulls feast on garbage. Thanks to us humans, only recently have seagulls changed their eating habits from fresh seafood to chicken bones and very old fries. It’s no wonder the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention terms seagulls “disease vectors”. We sell hundreds of Seagull Deterrent Spiders™ that easily mount on your boat with bungee cords, railing clamps or our super convenient canvas sandbag. They stow easily too, and their solid all stainless steel construction means many carefree seasons protecting your boat from seagull pollutants. Here’s a note from a very satisfied Lake Champlain boater who purchased SCS Seagull Deterrent Spiders™ in 2014 for his moored boat: “Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how pleased I am with the Spiders. Not a single gull assault all summer! They are so easy to rig compared to what I used to do. And thank you for sending me those spare clips right away. Your support is outstanding and much appreciated. The Seaway was great. Love it. Put 207 hours on it. Can’t wait till next season. It’s a comfort to know the seagull threat has been mitigated if not eliminated.”
Seagulls thrive in a flat open environment—the sea—so they will never settle on a sloping roof. They will, however, roost on roof peaks where the feel safe, easily spot potential food sources and can quickly escape if a predator is seen. We feature two types of Peak Roof Seagull Deterrents™ that are easy to install and create an environment where seagulls cannot land. Once the roof peaks are off limits seagulls leave the premises and never return. In June of 2013 we checked back with a homeowner in British Columbia who had been made miserable by years of seagull invasions which degraded her peaked, gabled roof and polluted the walkways and patio. A few months earlier we had delivered her Peak Roof Deterrent System™ and worked with a local contractor to install it. Here’s her reply to our “how is it going?” note. “…thank you for following up. The deterrent system was installed by the recommended contractor, and the seagulls have disappeared from our home, and a few homes around us as well. So far, so good. We are enjoying the first quiet late spring, summer in 3 years.”
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