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Old 11-11-2011, 09:26 AM
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I now have a problem where the dang birds that hang out on the dock like my boat. I come down and find bird crap all over it. I've seen the deterrent devices that spin and I've seen people use fishing line to keep them from landing on areas. I'm looking for some sort of scent to keep them away. Is there anything out there that keeps the birds away?
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:33 AM
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Basically every species has a predator. Figure out what the predator is for the species you are trying to control or drive off and use it.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:59 AM
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We've had good luck with a small ultra-sonic device attached to our radar pole... Cost about as much as any of the other devices and you don't have to fool around with pennants, nets or anything like that.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:07 AM
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Something I saw down in Islamorada..... guy who had a pelican problem had set up a garden sprinkler on a timer that went off every 15 minutes or so and sprinkled his boat. Guess after a while the birds knew they'd get sprayed if they hung on his boat, so they left it alone.
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on some of the big boats up here they have this rod that spins around hooked up to an electric motor

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This works for Ospreys, seagulls and other flying rats in my area. I don't have egrets and the Blue Herons don't like the boat.

The guide poles on my lift go up to about a foot higher than my top.

I run 100lb mono between the front poles and down the sides to the rear poles leaving the back open.

I have a good quality snap swivel in the middle of each line to which I attach a cd so that it spins with the wind.

Think of it as spinning big eyes.

I have to re rig at the beginning of each season but it beats the hell out of cleaning dead fish guts and skin off my windshield. I usually replace the cd's mid season too,
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This works for Ospreys, seagulls and other flying rats in my area. I don't have egrets and the Blue Herons don't like the boat.

The guide poles on my lift go up to about a foot higher than my top.

I run 100lb mono between the front poles and down the sides to the rear poles leaving the back open.

I have a good quality snap swivel in the middle of each line to which I attach a cd so that it spins with the wind.

Think of it as spinning big eyes.

I have to re rig at the beginning of each season but it beats the hell out of cleaning dead fish guts and skin off my windshield. I usually replace the cd's mid season too,
As a bonus, this gives you a good way to recycle those Barry Manilow CD's you might have laying around!
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