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How do I keep birds out from under the Awning

post #1 of 17
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We have a Sunsetter retractable awning and birds go under the awning at night and sit on the folded metal arms and make a bit of a mess on the deck. I see there are strips of metal spikes for sale that will prevent birds from landing on the metal bars, but am concerned that maybe they will scrape and damage the awning vinyl when it is extended. Anybody have any suggestions - these are small birds, not larger birds like pigeons.
Thanks
post #2 of 17
Try a plastic crow,hawk, or owl. Usually the smaller birds feel intimidated by one of those larger birds and won't hang around long.
post #3 of 17
or something slightly sticky
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by DerrickT View Post
Try a plastic crow,hawk, or owl. Usually the smaller birds feel intimidated by one of those larger birds and won't hang around long.


That does not always work.

I put up an owl to keep a woodpecker that was pecking my siding away...the woodpecker proceeded to perch itself on the owl and pecked away more comfortably than ever.
post #5 of 17
out door cat.
post #6 of 17
Can you string lengths of mono (fishing line) between the metal bars? Worked for me at my business (fixed awning).
post #7 of 17
If ya can get a few mothballs in that area they'll stay away.
post #8 of 17
Seagulls don't like the rainbow light reflected by CD's - try hanging one or two from mono near where they perch.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by DerrickT View Post
Try a plastic crow,hawk, or owl. Usually the smaller birds feel intimidated by one of those larger birds and won't hang around long.


or try a fake snake
post #10 of 17
12ga and you can have them in a pot pie, or use a .410 and you can disintegrate them into oblivian.
post #11 of 17
I get birds up under the aluminum awning over my front door during blowing rainstorms at night. There's not much room, but they scrunch themselves in somehow. I get poop dripping down the front of the door frame, but I just spray it and clean it off. It's a small thing to do to let the poor suckers have a place to hide from the nasty weather. Only happens a few times a year.
post #12 of 17
Has this been tries and true, I've also tried the owl and the streamers neither of them have worked.
post #13 of 17
roll the awning up
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kings over Queens View Post

Can you string lengths of mono (fishing line) between the metal bars? Worked for me at my business (fixed awning).


This^^^^ I saw it used in Florida and it works great.
post #15 of 17
KoQ has a good suggestion. My work place is right on the shoreline. To keep seagulls and other birds off of the buildings we put dacron rope around the perimeters of each roof of the buildings we have. The rope is suspended about 2 to 4 feet depending on the building. No birds whatsoever. I don't know what they don't like about it but they no longer go for the roof. No mess and no longer have to wear a hat when out on the grounds.
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