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Old 04-14-2012, 12:58 AM   #1
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Birds roosting on RV

Moved our RV to an 'open bay' covered storage unit near our home recently. Stopped by today and discovered that there are apparently birds roosting on the horizontal portion of the rear mounted ladder. They have left their calling card and made an absolute mess of the rear of the coach. It appears they are making our ladder their sheltered home at night. Do not know yet what birds they are as it was daytime and all I saw was the mess. Anyone have any ideas how I can discourage this roosting practice??
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:33 AM   #2
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Four ideas readily come to mind.
1. Remove the ladder
2. Cover the ladder with a tarp
3. Cover the horizontal areas with strips of bird spikes. Hold in place with earthquake puddy.
4. Cover the ladder or entire RV with loose netting.
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:50 AM   #3
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Hang one of those plastic owls or other creature on the ladder, maybe that will stop them. Just a suggestion.
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:31 AM   #4
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I think you should put it in use. Go camping and they'll wonder where their home went and move on to a new one.
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I had a similar problem with birds in a pecan tree next to the MH. I put a few old DVDs up in the tree and have had very little problem since. The sun flashing from them scares the birds I guess. This may not work with your unit under cover. But still worth a try.
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I had the same problem with previous Rv they would eat those purple berries and sit on the ladder and let it go right down the white MH. I tried a plastic owl, they crapped on it's head. I got rid of the berries and problem solved.
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I use Zip ties(wireties) and place them on the top of the ladder where the birds like to land and conduct their "business". I place them a few inches apart and alternate the angle from one to another. This works very well and costs pennies. When I ascend to the roof I turn them to face down and when I descend I turn them back to position. This has worked for the past three MH and on several of my friends. It has started several conservations with my neighbors as well. LOL I have found if the Tails stick up at least 2-3 inches it is enough to send them flying!
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Hang one of those plastic owls or other creature on the ladder, maybe that will stop them. Just a suggestion.
X 2 for this suggestion. You may even consider a rubber snake on the roof in the area of the ladder.
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PS, it also works on the antenna and other things on the roof.
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We keep a plastic owl hanging in the carport to keep most of the birds away. Works pretty well.

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I have a slat missing on my dryer vent cover, I know how to fix it. When we were working on electrical my friend said wonder what that's for and put his face almost up against it before I could tell him. A little bird, wren, sparrow or something flew out of it and almost hit him in the face, like to scared him to death. It had built a nest and was roosting in there, it had an egg. We took it to the mechanic not long after, I don't know if it managed to get the egg hatched or not. Glad I read this, need to pull the nest out and put a new vent cover over it.
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Some great ideas, thanks. I had thought of a fake owl. The rubber snake is another good one. Another MH owner in a unit next to mine has a fake owl mounted in the rafters above his RV and he doesn't appear to have the problem. It is not practical to remove the ladder, or cover the RV. The zip tie idea sounds like a great idea, and cheap to try. Was trying to think of something like that to put on the ladder railings to discourage them from landing, or perching there. Doggy Daddy mentioned 'bird spikes'. What are they and where to get them? New item to me but sounds like what I am looking for.

Bruce C, like your idea the best.
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The zip tie idea is great, I was going to suggest string. Growing up on a boat, seagulls were discouraged with strings strung across their favorite roosting places. The zip ties that can just be rotated out of the way is neat! Thanks, 336muffin.
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Bird Spikes

Bird spikes are strips stainless steel wire or plastic reaching up like a hand. Birds don't like standing or sitting on them on them.
You may have seen them on tops of signs, light posts and ledges at
restaurants, stores and banks where birds like to roost above peoples heads.
You can find bird spikes at most hardware stores including Home Depot.
Bird Spikes from Bird-X | The Home Depot - Model#: STS-10-R
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