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Old 12-28-2016, 10:19 AM
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seagull deterrent . Theres alot of these in use around here.


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Old 12-28-2016, 10:21 AM
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^^^^eventually they will sit right outside that thing
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Old 12-28-2016, 10:31 AM
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Old 12-28-2016, 10:39 AM
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I would suggest tying a string between two poles on your lift with maybe old CDs or small strips of plastic hanging on it and see if that works. Anything with movement and noise will keep the birds moving.
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:03 PM
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Back in the space shuttle days they used many of those blow up owls with the huge flashy eyes to keep the birds off the pad and the external tank. They could really shit the place up and we couldn't afford that. They attach with a strong cord and move in the wind. Seemed to work well.

I also fish docks a lot and found one with motion sensor sprinklers. Seems to have less bird crap on it than the others.
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:23 PM
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There are many makers of electric bird repelling devices, primarily used on urban buildings plagued by pigeons, starlings, and even crows (and seagulls whenever you are near a landfill or the ocean)

I have no direct experience, but did build a DIY electrified bird feeder post to keep the squirrels away, using a very small electric fence charger (one actually made for pet confinement, rather than for cattle)...the critter has to simultaneously touch both a "hot" wire and a ground, so the systems usually consist of parallel wires closely spaced, one grounded and one charged.

This could be an easy DIY project, but base your design on existing ones:

www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=electrified+pigeon+repellers

My birdfeeder project resulted in one squirrel fatality over a 10-year period...he was unable to let go and jump, apparently due to muscle contracture, so, your design should use the least amount of shock needed to repel rather than kill. Also, "electric fences" were prohibited by local zoning, but I argued that a bird feeder was not a "fence", so the zoning board promptly changed the wording from "fences" to "devices"...a liberal lesbian, vegan, squirrel-loving neighbor had ratted me out.

If I still have the charger, I'll offer it free for shipping if/when I locate it, in a separate posting here, but, I think it is long-gone. Was cheap, $40 area.

Where I am now, our major problem bird problem is cormorants, which form roosts of thousands of birds, and under a state/federal eradication fund...they consume their weight in fish daily, and decimate small islands with their feces.
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:16 PM
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I'm going to try a first line of defense with mono and CD's to see how effective it is. Hopefully my better half won't have an issue with the way it looks. We have an issue with cormorants also. Between those and the herons, there's poop all over.
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:21 PM
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An Eagle has made my neighbors boat his lookout several times a week. You talking about making a mess.
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by tkramerv View Post
String silver metallic streamers, the type they have at used car lots, around boat and boat lift guides, the more the better.
I have had luck with this....
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
I'm going to try a first line of defense with mono and CD's to see how effective it is. Hopefully my better half won't have an issue with the way it looks. We have an issue with cormorants also. Between those and the herons, there's poop all over.
I'm telling you, try the inflatable balls. $15 from Wal-Mart online. I have a few customers I've given them to and they work. I use them on my lift
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:25 PM
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I see a lot of them around Pinellas. They work very well. As soon as the bird lands they get sprayed and take off and land on the owls.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by PalmBeachMarineFuel View Post
I'm telling you, try the inflatable balls. $15 from Wal-Mart online. I have a few customers I've given them to and they work. I use them on my lift
These?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Bird-X-Sc...r-3pk/17012096
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
Yes..I use the yellow one with good success on whatever fowl I have in my canal. Could be different for you but for 20 bucks its a cheap start. Not sure with the full cover how much room u have to hang it and let it sway in the wind.
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Old 12-28-2016, 07:21 PM
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When was the last time you saw an owl sitting out in the open? They don't,so put your owl under the T-top so it looks like it is hiding. Then move it around under the top every day or so.
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by PalmBeachMarineFuel View Post
Not sure with the full cover how much room u have to hang it and let it sway in the wind.
I could hang them off the grab rail on both sides of the t-top, given that the cover has a sharp slop down to the rub rail. I guess they're worth a try, as it'll be easier than wiring up the guide poles.
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Old 12-29-2016, 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
I'm going to try a first line of defense with mono and CD's to see how effective it is. Hopefully my better half won't have an issue with the way it looks. We have an issue with cormorants also. Between those and the herons, there's poop all over.
I would do just the mono; once they know it's there by hitting it with their wings they won't try to come back.
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Old 12-29-2016, 06:07 AM
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Being that your guide posts are so high I think that using mono strung between them would be an easy first "experiment." I think if you were to tie post to post around the perimeter then an "x" on diagonals it would work. Cheap, easy, and not an eye sore.
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Could you mount something like these on the 4 guide post?
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Old 12-29-2016, 08:52 PM
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All static deterrents will become useless. The best analogy I have is when you see a cop car on the side of the road. 1st day, you slow down. 2nd day it's in the same spot, screw it and you're back overt he speed limit.

Make a grid. Use braid. It'll last far longer than mono. Don't worry about hurting any birds. They'll be fine. If you're super paranoid, tie some flagging to it.
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Old 12-29-2016, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
I'm going to try a first line of defense with mono and CD's to see how effective it is. Hopefully my better half won't have an issue with the way it looks. We have an issue with cormorants also. Between those and the herons, there's poop all over.
I have a similar setup as you do. I drilled a small hole at the top of each pole so I could run some mono and have something to tie to. I put 15 pound line and criss crossed it. Done.

No CD's, no waving banners.

The birds are smart and will see the mono. They don't like it.

Just make sure when you drive your boat on the lift that you are low enough for your t-top hardware clears the mono.

Very easy.
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