SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - March 18, 2014) - Having a California Gull represent Utah as its state bird may sound odd but once the important role it played in saving early settlers' crops from a plague of crickets is explained, people appreciate why it was named to such a lofty perch.
What commercial facility and property managers in Utah may have a harder time coming to appreciate is the threat gulls, pigeons, sparrows and other nuisance birds pose to commercial facilities.
Nuisance birds threaten Utah's food processing, storage and distribution centers, as well as retail and office facilities, with their corrosive and disease laden droppings. And as winter comes to a close these flying pests are looking to establish nesting sites to raise their offspring.
AJ Treleven, service center manager for Sprague Pest Solutions in Salt Lake City, says the large flat roofs of commercial facilities act as an artificial "beach" for gulls. The gulls, which can number in the hundreds, can cause significant structural damage by their constant pecking.
In addition to threatening the structural integrity the presence of gulls or pigeons leads to unsightly and unhealthy droppings that contain disease causing bacteria including listeria, a serious threat to a food processing facility.