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JT    Posted 07-16-2001 at 11:41:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am having a problem with birds (mostly small sparrows) roosting on my deck which is connected to the back of my house. It is approx. 12' X 28' and is open on three sides. The birds poop all over my chairs, swing, table and the railing around the deck, making an awful mess. I posted on another board and got a suggestion to string up monofilament line 6" apart all the way around. I'm not sure this is feasable because I have a large opening to the yard where we go on and off the deck. I got another suggestion about using plastic owls or hawks. I'm going to try this one if I can locate some. Anybody else out there have any ideas???? THANKS!

JT    Posted 07-17-2001 at 06:40:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for all of the suggestions. I am leaning toward the plastic owls and 1/2 bushel of cats (a bushel is too many) and also am going to tie up a few plastic bags. THANKS AGAIN!

Sned.    Posted 07-17-2001 at 02:05:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is a problem many people have. My mother in law has em in a tree just outside her front door and there's quite an odor. Three thoughts come to mind, BB gun, Clapping two boards together at dusk, stringing two wires about 3" apart one on top of the other along the roost and hook up to an electric fencer. Plug in at different intervals, after they are shocked a few times I would think they'd get the message.

Lew    Posted 07-16-2001 at 20:39:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One possible solution is to pin up several of the plastic bags you get at the grocery store. A slight breeze will flutter them and the birds will spook. We do this during the nesting season to keep the robins out from under our porch roof. The humming bird still comes to the nearby feeder so it must not bother him. Sparrows might be to dumb to be scared but it is cheap and worth a try.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 07-16-2001 at 15:05:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
JT, get yourself a herd of cats and feed them on the deck. If you have a hard time finding available cats in your area, email me your address, and I'll be happy to FedEx you a bushel or two. Shucks, I'll even pay the shipping.

PS: There is a small drawback to this method of repelling birds. The cats will OWN your deck, and you will be mobbed every time you go out there. I think I'd rather have the bird poop.


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