‘Extremely aggressive’ seagulls terrorize Ireland, spread E. coli
Seagulls described as “extremely aggressive” have been terrorizing folks in Ireland by stealing food in public while also spreading bacteria.
These pest birds are said to be really aggressive in August as their chicks at this time turn into fledglings and are not yet ready to leave their nests, as per the Irish Mirror yesterday, Aug. 21.
Other than being noisier during this time, adult seagulls become overprotective of their offsprings and aggressive at stealing food and harassing humans, as well as raiding trash bins to likewise look for food.
As their aggressiveness intensifies, seagulls, along with pigeons and other pest birds, are posing serious health risks by spreading infections through their droppings, the report said, citing pest control provider Rentokil.
Their droppings contain E. coli and salmonella bacteria, which can spread through surface contamination or even through inhalation of the dried feces.
Infections can also spread through other means. For one, humans can be infected through bird mites, which can bite both birds and humans, according to the report.
Seagulls also threaten to spread infestations through houses and other establishments as bird mites, textile beetles and fleas are attracted to the seagull nests and roosting sites.
“As lockdown restrictions are lifted and people start spending more time outside, this is the period of time when people and seagulls are most likely to cross paths,” Rentokil’s advanced technical field consultant was quoted as saying.
He advised the Irish to keep food sources secure and well-hidden as seagull beaks are very sharp and can tear through trash bags very easily if left in the open. Ian Biong /ra