Saturday 17 August 2019

Louth in top four for Rentokill call outs

Rentokil, Ireland's leading pest control provider, has recorded a significant increase in callouts to deal with seagulls, pigeons and other pest birds so far this year. The company is warning the public to be wary of the aggressive birds during the warm summer months. Rentokil has experienced a significant increase in callouts (86%) to deal with infestations of pest birds during the period January - June this year, compared to the same period in 2018.

Dublin, Kildare, Sligo and Louth were the counties next most affected by seagulls and other pest birds.

July is a part of a seagull's nesting season, when the birds are the most protective of their eggs and chicks, and at their noisiest and most aggressive. This is the period of time when they are most likely to attack members of the public.

The dangers which seagulls present are not limited to their antisocial behaviour of attacking people and raiding waste bins in search of food. The droppings of seagulls and other pest birds contain bacteria including E.coli and Salmonella, and can lead to the spread of infections through surface contamination, inhaling bacteria from dried droppings, or being transferred by bird mites, which can bite both people and birds.

Richard Faulkner, Advanced Technical Field Consultant for Rentokil said: "We encourage members of the public to treat seagulls with caution and keep their distance from them where possible.'

Drogheda Independent