Anyone have ideas on how to keep birds off a deck? I had the deck recently
stained and repaired and almost every day there are 2-3 bird poop on the t
op railings. Mourning doves seem to be the worst about doing this... And
the other day, I noticed one of the top top posts was gnawed a bit. Which
the squirrel has done in the past. Anyone else have these problems, and wh
at do you do? I wash off the bird poop since that can't be good for the wo
od, and is unsightly.
Yep, the birds, especially the doves, love my railings.
In my case, they are sitting on rather narrow pool fencing,
they like to face inward, and the poop misses anything
I care about.
In the winter I usually see large "dove meetings" in
the early AM as the sun comes up and I really enjoy them.
I agree with Brooklyn, cats would work.
In your case, something obstructing the railing or a slightly
higher piece of rail beyond the existing railing might work.
Don't know if you can do that attractively.
Try birdlime. While the purpose is to trap birds, a dead trapped bird
might discourage others from landing. The stickiness should also
Since birdlime is illegal in some jurisdictions, birds might be
discouraged by hanging unwanted compact discs and DVD discs on kite
twine. Just drill a small hole -- about the diameter of a pencil lead
-- very near the edge and hang with about a foot of twine. These will
need to be moved about once a month so that birds do not become
accustomed to the flashing sunlight. I use this method to keep birds
away from my fruit trees and grape vines. For squirrels, I use a cage
trap baited with peanut butter, chopped pecans, and raisins.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
On Thu, 28 May 2015 16:21:15 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
Don't waste your money... those are very nice looking/decorative
decoys but they won't fool any bird... I have several owl decoys on my
vegetable garden fence, even a couple with solar powered glowing eyes,
they do nothing other than to pretty up the place. I have several
whirl-a-gigs too, and other fluttering/shiny thingies. None of those
inanimate objects fool living critters. The only things I know deters
birds is netting and pussy, and pussy works 100% of the time, netting
works 50% of the time if you're lucky. Feral cats are the best
hunting machines, hunting is in their DNA... a gnat can't land on my
deck lest it's a goner... feral cats swat flies out of boredom.
Birds aren't nearly so stupid as you... do your really think birds
that can build intricate nests from itty bitty bits and collect bits
of fine fluff to line them won't notice the monofiliment, they'll
probably snip off bits with their beaks to use as thread for sewing
their nests... ain't you ever seen an oriole's digs?
Too bad those disgusting freaks in Baltimore can't be made to do
something half as constructive... I'd definitely put those ruinous
lazy useless bastards to work on a chain gang... no work/no eats...
Yeah, I'd hand them food stamps, they can use them to wipe their
filthy no account butts. None of those young ho's need food stamps,
wanna eat, git on a military chow line... learn them the same way moma
oriole learns her young'uns... WORK for it!
i dunno how well it would work, but it was an idea.
probably would need to be replaced once in a while, but
still cheaper than other options. another thing to do
could be to put dowels out from the railing to give
them a perch where they could poop into the grass away
from the deck. more work and expense than fishing line
but at least then you can still see them.
we have a few species that try to perch above my
patio door, which i discourage by pounding on the
wall to startle them away. sometimes they try to
build a nest up there too. i have chunks of wood to
put up there when that happens and they go away.
dunno why the builder didn't fill in that space to
begin with. a flat sill like that is just asking
for bird nesting.
i don't want to discourage the birds completely as
some of them come around and check the eves for hornets/
wasps or spiders and they are fun to watch as they perch
on the roof and look around.
I used plain old string similarly tied tightly just above the top rail of my
black / boysenberry framing to stop birds perching there and it worked a
charm. Mind you that is thin timber - maybe with railings the birds might
still have room to perch to one side of the line?
"Humans will have advanced a long, long, way when religious belief has a
I personally think that part of the beauty of having a deck or a balcony
is the birds that come and perch there. As many have said, simply hose
it down from time to time
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I enjoy birds on my deck, they are gorgeous... I never even think
negatively about critters pooping, it's all free fertilizer. I think
those who complain about critters pooping would be much happier
spending their life in a concrete prison cell, hoping they don't need
to wait long to die.
A wire or nylon fishing line running along and above the railing will
probably keep them from perching there - string it about 2" above. I
have also seen grids of about 4-6" squares made from nylon fishing line
to keep birds out. A flower box might be a good alternative; I have
seen doves nesting in flower boxes (and on the light outside my front
door :o) ).
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