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Old 04-06-2010, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default GD birds!! They crap all over my awning like its a sport, what do I do?

Well as many of you know I bought a house Dec. The house has a retractable awning on the back patio. I have never thought much of it until it started getting warmer out. I've been using it a lot lately. The thing with it is that birds get up there, make nest and then crap all over it. I constantly have to clean the nests out and at this point I probably need to replace the awning fabric since it so dirty. The model we have on the house is too old for a run of the mill store bought cover. Likewise, I can't seem to find a universal one.

How the heck do I keep the birds out? Anyone have any experience with retractable awnings?
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Buy an owl...a real one is best, but a fake one works.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:00 AM   #3
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How the heck do I keep the birds out? Anyone have any experience with retractable awnings?
You answered yourself Aaron.

If they are open, they'll get abused. No magic fix there.
You have to open it and close it.


NOW...you can string fishing line to prevent birds from flying down but that's a tough call when you're likely dealing with sparrows and finches and whatnot.

Edit: C is right, but you need one that can be moved. If it sits in the same spot forever, the birds notice and it becomes less effective.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:07 AM   #4
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The owl thing probably won't be a permanent solution. Man I wish I could just poison the bastards. I'm going to have to take a weekend and see if I can push some boards on the ledges that they use for their nests.

I need to solve the problem before I get new awning fabric.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:08 AM   #5
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:10 AM   #6
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yes, that's a totally practical solution to densely-populated arlington, va.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:13 AM   #7
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yes, that's a totally practical solution to densely-populated arlington, va.
My thoughts exactly, although I wish it were that easy. The little bastards flee the second I go to open the awning, leaving their presents all over it for me and my friends to enjoy as we eat.

I need to find out where I can get some of those bird spikes that I see under bridges.
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http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/catalo...e-thrower-ammo

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Old 04-06-2010, 11:15 AM   #9
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Amazon.com: Bird-X STS-10-R Stainless Bird Spikes Kit: Patio, Lawn & GardenAmazon.com: Bird-X STS-10-R Stainless Bird Spikes Kit: Patio, Lawn & Garden

This will only prevent them from getting under your eaves or on ledges...the awning itself will still get hit.
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Think this may be the answer.


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Old 04-06-2010, 11:47 AM   #11
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Plus, your neighbors will love it! Make new friends and scare away birds and most other wildlife, WIN-WIN!

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Try a rubber snake on top of the awning. Make sure it looks somewhat realistic. This works to keep the seagulls off the boat. Just toss it on the cockpit floor.
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Try perching gels. It's a gel you spread on things and when birds touch it, their feets feel like they are burning.

Although it might wash off if it rains.

An owl won't last if it doesn't move.
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Take a dump in their nest.




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Try a rubber snake on top of the awning. Make sure it looks somewhat realistic. This works to keep the seagulls off the boat. Just toss it on the cockpit floor.
Rubber snakes are awesome.

A friend of mine has a large tree that overhangs his driveway. The bird**** was getting out of hand. He threw about a dozen rubber snakes up into the tree.. 95% reduction in crap.
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