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Old 05-23-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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Birds in the slide awnings. How to eliminate?

Good afternoon,
For the last several weeks I've noticed that a few sparrows are trying to make nests in the small opening between the slideout top awning and where it attaches to the body of the motorhome. This is with the slides closed. Kind of been an ongoing battle between me and them. They drag in nest material and I remove it everyday. Getting rather old and I'm thinking I'm going to have to exterminate them to stop the problem.
Anybody have any ideas how to stop them. Can't see placing netting over the openings as I will forget them until I put the slides out.
Appreciate any suggestions.
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Try spending a lot of time around the area. They should be afraid of a person. If they still try to build a nest then swat them with a broom. They usually build nests a few weeks a year so if you can keep them away for that long they'll probably go elsewhere.

Another option is this:

Amazon.com: Dalen RH-04 Rotating Head Great Horned Owl: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:32 PM   #3
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Try spending a lot of time around the area. They should be afraid of a person. If they still try to build a nest then swat them with a broom. They usually build nests a few weeks a year so if you can keep them away for that long they'll probably go elsewhere.

Another option is this:

Amazon.com: Dalen RH-04 Rotating Head Great Horned Owl: Patio, Lawn & Garden
+1 on the owl decoy. Works on balconies and other locations.
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I used a plastic owl to try and keep birds from pooping on the MH they just went on the owls head. How about a snake?
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I used a plastic owl to try and keep birds from pooping on the MH they just went on the owls head. How about a snake?
LOL Sounds like the owl kept them off the MH!
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Good afternoon,
For the last several weeks I've noticed that a few sparrows are trying to make nests in the small opening between the slideout top awning and where it attaches to the body of the motorhome. This is with the slides closed. Kind of been an ongoing battle between me and them. They drag in nest material and I remove it everyday. Getting rather old and I'm thinking I'm going to have to exterminate them to stop the problem.
Anybody have any ideas how to stop them. Can't see placing netting over the openings as I will forget them until I put the slides out.
Appreciate any suggestions.
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Had same problem with a 5th wheel. Get some pool noodles (those round foam looking things), measure the hole, cut some to length and put in the opening. Worked for me, except when you open the slide, they fall out and have to be replaced when you put slides back in!
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:37 PM   #7
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Had the same problem with our 5th airborn hitch and wound up closing it off with aluminun foil. The pool nooldle sounds like a good idea.
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Lean an old ladder there...

Place a ladder close by, area now a buffet for those who could not reach.

Cats need a little treat too...
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Thanks for all the replies. I ended up just stuffing old Wal-Mart bags in there and I think thats stopped them. Good thing for those pesky critters cause the next step was a pellet gun. I've spent to much $$ on the motorhome lately to have more to deal with from birds.
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The final solution------EXTERMINATION!!!!!
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Break out the old "Red Ryder BB Gun"!!!
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You will put an eye out with that thing! lol
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Thats funny. I love that movie. Its a tradition in our family to watch it at least once while the whole family is gathered for Christmas. I never get tired of it.
Thanks for the laugh.
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