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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Barrow roofer seeks action as he tells of problems caused by seagulls

A Barrow roofer has complained of the problems seagulls are causing him and his customers, after a house became infested with flies.

Wayne Jackson, of Jackson’s Roofing in Derby Street, Barrow, says chicks, food waste and bird droppings are attracting pests to roofs, with reports of flies getting into people’s houses and causing nasty smells.

He says the problem has only got worse in recent years with more and more seagulls breeding in the town centre.

Mr Jackson said: “Every roof you go on in Barrow you get dive-bombed. I really think something should be done with the seagulls. Nothing has been done at all.

“It is like having rats on your chimney stacks. It’s disgusting.”

His comments come after Val Beddoes’ house in Stafford Street, Barrow, suffered a fly infestation which, she believes, was caused by nesting birds on her and her neighbour’s roofs.

The retired legal cashier says more than 500 bluebottles started entering her back bedroom through a vent on June 8, and thinks a seagull deposited something down her chimney causing it to decay.

Mrs Beddoes said: “I have never seen anything like it and I’ve lived in this house for 20 years.

“I came in the bedroom on Sunday and there were huge bluebottles and they were swarming all over. I had to clear bluebottles away at least three times a day.

“I have gone through two cans of repellent. I’m going to have the whole room redecorated. It’s filthy. Something really needs doing about these seagulls. They are an absolute menace.”

Mr Jackson, who specialises in roofing repairs, has had to put a cap on Mrs Beddoes’ chimney to stop the flies from entering the house.

Barrow Borough Council no longer offers a pest control service.

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