gulls. Photo by NebraskaLand MagazineGull Control

Scientific Name  Family Laridae

Photo Credits: NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Photo

  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Laughing Gull
  • Franklin's Gull
  • Glaucous-winged Gull
  • Forster's Tern
  • Least Tern


  • Eat agricultural crops; carrion, refuse, and game bird, endangered bird eggs and young;
  • Egg Depredation May peck into eggs and remove contents.
  • nuisance and health hazard at outdoor restaurants
  • Defacement of buildings and property and contamination of municipal waters.
  • Safety Hazard at airports located near gull breeding and nesting grounds or near food sites such as landfills.

Control Methods

Habitat Modification

  • Plastic or wire mesh or plastic lines
  • Porcupine wire
  • Reduce food and water in habitat
  • Hi-tensile wires, nets or screens placed on building ledges, outdoor light fixtures, etc.
  •  Clean up garbage, litter, fish offal, human food wastes, and refrain from feeding begging gulls.

Frightening Devices

  • Frightening Agent Shotgun explosions, shell crackers, gas-operated exploders, recorded distress calls, dead gull decoys.
  • Avitrol, a chemical frightening agent, may be registered.



  • Polybutenes or sticky gels, like Hot Foot, or Roost-No-More. See label for appropriate target animal.


None registered Shoo


  • Special permit required for shooting Gulls are migratory and protected by federal law and some state laws. US Fish and Wildlife Service (and some state permits) are required for lethal control.
  • Shooting with shotguns or rifles is more useful as a frightener than a removal method where large flocks occur


Not practical




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