There are few things in life as beautiful and liberating as cruising or sailing on the water on your very own boat! But as a boat owner you know that it all comes at a cost.
The upkeep of a boat can be taxing both financially and physically! Many hours are spent hosing off the salt water after a day out and cleaning off unsightly bird poo.
Here’s a few tips on how NOT to make your boat a haven for birds.
1. USE YOUR BOAT
Make time to give your boat a run regularly. Not only is this beneficial mechanically, the birds are less likely to choose your boat as the one to call home.
We find that the majority of our customers who have bird issues on their boats are the ones who don’t use them often enough.
Birds are creatures of habit and love to know their favourite, cosy hang out is always available.
2. KEEP YOUR BOAT CLEAN INSIDE AND OUT.
After a day out, clean up all food scraps. The scraps not only attract birds but mould and bacteria spreads more rapidly due to the often damp environment.
A gleaming boat on the outside is far less attractive to pest birds too.
Recently we used a Sydney based boat detailing company, AT2 Marine, to clean and polish our chalky looking hull, bringing it back to a brilliant glossy finish!
3. INSTALL BIRD DETERRENTS
Not everyone likes to use old fashioned decoy birds or hanging CD’s to deter birds.
At Bird Control Australia, we have a range of products to suit your needs and tastes.
For instance, Sonic and Ultrasonics bird deterrents such as the Broadband Pro, Bird Xpeller Pro and Yard Sentinel and are very popular and effective.
Reflective and spinning devices such as the WhirlyBird, Bird Busta, Bird Spider 360 and Holographic Bird Scare Ribbon are other great choices for a good bird scaring strategy.
4. DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE A BIRD ISSUE.
Ensure you have a good system in place which utilises all of the above strategies. Remember prevention is always better and easier than the cure!
Breaking the habit of pest birds can often take weeks and much patience as multiple levels of pressure often needs to be placed on them. The birds will tire of the constant pressure of them as a result.
I recall not using or cleaning our boat for only 6 weeks only to find a half built seagull nest on the anchor well!
Thankfully we removed it before eggs were laid.
Enjoy your waterways! You deserve it!