How To Keep Birds Off Your Boat
Why Getting Rid of Birds is Important for Boat Owners
If you’re a boat owner, you may be very aware of the problem that birds can cause. Their droppings are acidic in nature and cause significant damage to any surface over time. Bird droppings also carry deadly diseases, including the dreaded histoplasmosis.So, beyond financial risk lies the health risks and liabilities.
You should also understand the value of keeping birds off your boat. Benefits of stopping birds from landing on your investment include:
- Reduce damages
- Reduce maintenance costs
- Reduce repairs
- Avoid costly cleanups
- Reduce annoyances
- Reduce risk of disease & health hazards
Birds can cause damage to nearly any aquatic vessel including:
- Sail Boats
- Jet Skis/Waverunners
- Cruise Ships
- Need more examples? view wikipedia’s list of boats
Keeping Birds off MY Boat
Keeping those pesky birds off your boat or other aquatic vehicle can be a big hassle. If birds see your boat as an attractive roosting spot, or they find a source of food, then its going to be much harder to get them to leave. Boats are particularly vulnerable to birds landing because when you’re on the water, the boat is usually the only option for a nice landing spot.
How do you deter them from landing then? You’ve got to take away their potential landing spots, or make it so unappealing that they won’t want to come close to your boat.
To “take away” a bird’s landing spot, you’ve got to physically stop them from landing. This means that you’ll need to install what are commonly referred to as roost inhibitors. The best (most effective) roost inhibitors are bird spikes and bird netting. For a boat, your best bet is spikes, since you can directly install them on the ledges and railing that birds may land upon.
You can buy bird spikes (check out the bird spikes online store) or make your own homemade bird spikes. Once you decide on what type of spike you’re using, you can view this how to install bird spikes installation video for some great methods on installing birds spikes.