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Old 05-15-2019, 10:44 AM
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Is there any chemical or substance than can be applied to the inside of a boat lift motor cover that will discourage birds from nesting?





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Zip tie some window screen across the back making small holes in the cover flange and using the small zip tiles. If you want to get fancy cut the screen to shape and have Velcro stitched to it and put the mating side of the velcro on the flange of the plastic cover. Depending how nice a job you do Will help keep out wasps as well. Screen over the gap between the bottom of the gear plate and the plastic cover is all you really need.
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rat glue traps, birds won't hang out with dead birds
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spikes, owls, screens, super sticky stuff, spray them with wasp spray

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THT must be getting more kind and gentle. No one has mentioned dynamite yet.

Window screen is probably the best option.
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I have to ask. Why are there holes big enough to allow birds inside? Mine certainly doesn't have any.
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
I have to ask. Why are there holes big enough to allow birds inside? Mine certainly doesn't have any.
I have no idea what holes you're referring to. The entire backside of the cover is open.
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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
I have no idea what holes you're referring to. The entire backside of the cover is open.
Ouch, sounds like the cover is not of much use then.
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
Ouch, sounds like the cover is not of much use then.
I pass dozens of these between my home and the channel. I've never seen one that is any different than mine.
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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
I pass dozens of these between my home and the channel. I've never seen one that is any different than mine.
Ok so they all bought the wrong ones, too bad. Don't blame me, mine is almost water tight.
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
Ok so they all bought the wrong ones, too bad. Don't blame me, mine is almost water tight.
I'm not sure what you're reading but I haven't "blamed" anyone.

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cover the entire backside in wire mesh.
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Most tweety-sized birds can easily squish into a 3/4” opening. Install screening.
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if you can reach it just take the nest out once or twice and they will give up.

you can tie a cd in there and it might scare them.
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Originally Posted by fishbottom View Post
if you can reach it just take the nest out once or twice and they will give up..
They're not giving up. Hence, this post.
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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
Is there any chemical or substance than can be applied to the inside of a boat lift motor cover that will discourage birds from nesting?



Can't tell from the photo how big the opening is but could you foam it with can of insulation foam?
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Originally Posted by SWF Pontoon Angler View Post
Can't tell from the photo how big the opening is but could you foam it with can of insulation foam?
The covers are removable. Spray foam would not be viable.
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Originally Posted by SWF Pontoon Angler View Post
Can't tell from the photo how big the opening is...
This is the backside of the inner motor (closest to the dock), which has never been a problem. The outer motor is similar (away from the dock) and birds are constantly nesting in there.



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