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Tuna Colada
07-19-2007, 11:25 AM
I installed stainless screws strung with stainless wire the entire length of my railings and it just does not seem to help much.
I'm this close to hooking up a low voltage battery to the wires to keep these crapping dump ducks off my dock. Does anyone have any suggestions?

07-19-2007, 11:28 AM
hang a eagle or buzzard and no more crap.

07-19-2007, 11:28 AM
try those sea gull be gone at WM. I have seen the ones that swing in teh wind or another that i have is basically metal wires that move in the wind and keep the birds away.

07-19-2007, 11:31 AM
Don't know if it will work for gull but my dad installed a sprinkler head with a motion sensor on it to keep the ducks off his dock in Maine and it works well. Just have to remember it's on or you'll get wet. Ducks usually show up at night and in the early morning so he'd turn it on when leaving the dock and off when getting to the dock in the morning. I'd imagine the gulls are a problem 24/7.

Tuna Colada
07-19-2007, 11:34 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I should add that my pier is about 120 feet long and the ramp probably another 30 feet. Need to come up with a way to keep them off the railings on both sides of the pier and the ramp.

07-19-2007, 11:43 AM

07-19-2007, 11:49 AM
we run a small string down one side and hang surveyors tape from it to flutter in the wind. Another (illegal) option, I know folks who shoot one, let him lay for 3-5 days and then kick him overboard. The others won't come near while he's dead there. You just have to shoot one every few days. Or, get a cold drink and set a few rat traps on the dock and have a good show. :D In my personal opinion, there are too many seagulls anyway and some initiative should be taken to control their population. They get splattered on the bridges around here all the time and are in every parking lot.

07-19-2007, 12:46 PM
get a cat

07-19-2007, 12:59 PM
I dont mind Swartzenegger, or even Jean Claude Van Damm...but that Seagull guy gives me the creeps. I wouldnt want him on my dock either, with that stupid ponytail and his black leather jacket...

07-19-2007, 01:18 PM
Tried putting as plastic owl on the pierhead, watched a seagull take a crap on its head within a week. Looks like a snow owl now.

07-19-2007, 01:26 PM
richinct - 7/19/2007 10:43 AM


:rofl: :rofl: Dont forget to use steel shot for migratory birds :thumbsup:

07-19-2007, 01:39 PM
Gringo - 7/19/2007 11:59 AM

I dont mind Swartzenegger, or even Jean Claude Van Damm...but that Seagull guy gives me the creeps. I wouldnt want him on my dock either, with that stupid ponytail and his black leather jacket...

Imagine all three in a death match on your dock. :o

Chuck Norris would whoop all three.... :rofl:

07-19-2007, 01:59 PM
Did someone say PULL? :grin:

07-19-2007, 02:51 PM

Carla Dee
07-19-2007, 02:55 PM
use 80lb mono instead of wire. they cannot see this. put nails every 10 ft or so to keep the line taut. works well.

Grady Wahoo
07-19-2007, 03:56 PM
richinct - 7/19/2007 10:43 AM


Shotgun with a motion sensor, forget the sprinkler head.

07-19-2007, 05:44 PM
You will have to run two wires close together for the zapping idea to work. Otherwise with a single charged wire the birds will be like winged rats on a high voltage utility wire. No path to ground = no zap.

Those cones for the piles work well. The birds can not land on them without sliding off. And the caps are cheap too.

The dock itself is another problem. Maybe you just need a dock cat? You can get these for free, and they work for cheap cat food.

07-19-2007, 05:54 PM
We use those triangular flag lines - like they use at the used car lot, only white so it doesn't look so much like a carnival! String them piling to piling - looks festive, and keeps the birds away. WE also found we didn't need them close in to shore - just the last 60' or so. Good luck!

Jay A
07-19-2007, 06:07 PM
A coyote will work:

Two Up
07-19-2007, 06:18 PM
Petroleum jelly. Birds hate the feel under their feet.

07-19-2007, 08:44 PM
Burn'em out!

flying fish
07-19-2007, 09:51 PM
Be grateful you don't have pelicans!


fat bastaqrd
07-19-2007, 10:15 PM

07-19-2007, 11:27 PM
We attach a 2x4x8' to every other piling along one side of the dock and string wire with a little play across the top. Apparently they cant balance on the wire to sit and wont fly thru or under it. The gulls stay away.

07-19-2007, 11:47 PM
I don't know if this would work on the dock, but every once in a while we hook a seagull while fishing. We unhook them and let them fly off more or less unharmed, but.......

When this happens they let out a gawd awful sound that sends every bird in sight shooting away like the proverbial bat outa you know where.

They go from being total pests to being totally gone. Takes hours for them to return.

Now if you could bottle that sound........

07-20-2007, 07:32 AM
Get a cheap tape player and make a continuous loop of Hillary Clinton campaign speeches...

07-20-2007, 07:37 AM
Gringo - 7/20/2007 6:32 PM

Get a cheap tape player and make a continuous loop of Hillary Clinton campaign speeches...

then the boaters won't come down . and the boats will leave on there own . and segulls may still be there as they are her type ( bird brain)

Tuna Colada
07-20-2007, 08:44 AM
Thanks for some good ideas and some amusing ideas. Guns, cats, over the hill action stars, and thunder thighed politicians unfortunately are not options. Actually the gun idea might be something for the fall when the boat is gone and fewer people are around to hit or complain. I would also prefer (and I assume my neighbors too) not having my dock look like a carnival with flags waving everywhere. I like the coyote idea but I have heard that after a while the gulls realize it poses no threat and soon it is also covered with sh*t like the snow owl. The one thing with my dock is that it has railings the full length of it- not just pilings. People's hands touch the railings so I can't put something on there that would hurt or be otherwise objectionable to people on the dock. Right now, I may just try the fishing line instead of the wire.
Any other ideas are appreciated....

07-20-2007, 11:13 AM
Seeing that noise bothering the neighbors is a problem.... Invest in a high power pellet rifle instead of a shotgun :)

Tuna Colada
07-20-2007, 11:29 AM
Got that already. Too far away from house to hit and I'm not around enough to do any real population control.

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