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Working around gull nests on flat roof ?

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Dave Carpentier
Dave Carpentier Member Posts: 604

Any tips on dealing with swooping gulls that are defending eggs or chics ? Need to go on roof to change hvac filters.

I held an umbrella once, they were certainly whacking the umbrella hard. That visit was just to check/reset a controller. Pretty hard to hold an umbrella and change out 36 filters on pull-out trays, so I dunno if this will work for my next visit. Attach umbrella to a body harness maybe ?

Fresh ideas welcome.

30+ yrs in telecom outside plant.
Currently in building maintenance.

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,554
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    Hat. For starters. Easier to wash after they've dive bombed you. Then take an assistant to hold the umbrella. Or just wait until they've flown…

    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,157
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    If it's the Gull's Nest I'm thinking of in Two Rivers WI, then I would rate it with 5 green eggs. Best "Seabreeze" in town, Their Margaritas are pretty good too. I would go with @Jamie Hall and just wait it out. …especially if it's Happy Hour!

    Edward Young Retired

    After you make that expensive repair and you still have the same problem, What will you check next?

  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,382
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    full face motorcycle helmet, leather jacket to fill out the ensemble :)

    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
    ethicalpaulCLamb4Johnpipe
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,764
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    Shotgun

    kcoppMad Dog_2HotanCool
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,361
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    Hi, When is their nesting season over? 🤔

    Yours, Larry

    GrallertCLamb
  • Matt_67
    Matt_67 Member Posts: 295
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    hardhat and a 12’ piece of 1” PVC pipe to prop up next to where you are working. It seems to confuse them

  • Dave Carpentier
    Dave Carpentier Member Posts: 604
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    Nesting period is ~ May 18 - July 18. I'd be afraid of running with dirty filters in the hot weather coming up, probably not good to wait it out (shoulda done pre- May 18, but had no filters on hand or maybe we just got em but I was tied up with other things.. forget exactly. Next year different plan.

    I do have an old snowmobile helmet. Hmm…

    Matt, one tech told me to just have a stick. As long as it's higher than your head they will focus on that. Last time (with the umbrella) there had to be like 20 attacking me… the umbrella took many hits, some surprisingly strong. (and then the umbrella popped inside out.. took me about 1/4 second to fix that, very motivating). Not sure how I feel about just holding a stick.

    30+ yrs in telecom outside plant.
    Currently in building maintenance.
  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 2,039
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    Try spraying pepper spray into the air in the general area where you will be working. Don't spray the birds, just spray in the area all around you setting up a barrier/perimeter.

  • Matt_67
    Matt_67 Member Posts: 295
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    The pipe or a stick works surprisingly well, I'm thinking it would work better than an opened umbrella. It does kind of depend on how long it takes them to get all their friends together. If you're working really close to the nest though you won't get any peace, you might need an assistant up there with you.

  • mikedo
    mikedo Member Posts: 203
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    shotgun ?

  • Dave Carpentier
    Dave Carpentier Member Posts: 604
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    Leaning towards the helmet. The shotgun would attract waaay to much attention. lol

    Maybe tape a rubber chicken (yes, the noise ones) to it, just so they think they're doing something productive.

    30+ yrs in telecom outside plant.
    Currently in building maintenance.
  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 922
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    I live in Pennsylvania and I know how I would handle that nest. Tomorrow, they would be nesting on the ground unless that is illegal

    hot1
  • gunn308
    gunn308 Member Posts: 12
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    Dump Ducks are a federally protected species blanks in a "9" ????????

    DanHolohan
  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 2,039
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    Maybe get into a silver coverall-type suit that looks like flashing compact discs. (Use your old CD collection. You know, the one you never listen to anymore. Attach it to the suit.) Makes things flash in the sun. Gulls don't like that.

    Attach one of these to your helmet like an umbrella helmet.

    Have one of these working nearby.

    With a Parliament of these fine feathered friends standing by?

    I'm worried that the french fries suggested, although a good idea, will create an issue similar to an old Alfred Hitchcock movie.

    Larry Weingarten
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,554
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    Yes. Sea gulls — and most shore nesting birds — are federally protected.

    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    ChrisJDave CarpentierIntplm.
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,866
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    According to some in this thread, that doesn't matter.

    Apparently.

    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • Dave Carpentier
    Dave Carpentier Member Posts: 604
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    Ya they're protected here, when they're nesting and hatchlings.

    Before I go thru the effort of pushing all the boxes of filters up thru the hatch and onto the roof (then I'd be committed to the task), maybe I'll make a "Staff of Confusion" (tm?) pole with a bunch of blank dvd (that Im never going to burn with my computer, apparently). Then wait for a sunny (hot) day and put on my snowmobile helmet and thick-ish jacket, and go up for a test.

    No doubt my "that guy is stranger than we thought" points will go up higher at work.

    30+ yrs in telecom outside plant.
    Currently in building maintenance.
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,361
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    Get video. You'll be a star! 🤩

    Yours, Larry

    Intplm.