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Old 08-12-2015, 07:47 PM   #1
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Keeping birds off the roof???

I am having a problem with massive amounts of bird poop showing up on the roof of my motorhome. Unfortunately I can never seem to catch the little villains in the act. But when I went up the ladder to the roof this morning I was horrified. It was a mess up there once again. I take good care of my motorhome, and try to keep the roof clean along with the rest of it. I have decided this is unacceptable, something has to be done to make these pests disappear. The birds have got to go. Anyone here had a problem with birds on the roof?? What did you do to end the problem? ?? These pests have got to go. So feedback please.
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Stop trowing bird seed up there.
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Had that problem, put a fake owl on roof.
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I've had that problem in several places I've been over the years and have used flash tape with relatively good results. I therefore keep a roll in my storage compartment.

Flash tape works best when there's a slight breeze but in heavier winds, some of it may get blown off and would need to be reapplied. And the word "tape" is somewhat a misnomer. It's called tape but it's not actually tape in the traditional sense. You're not "taping it" to the roof or anything else. Perhaps a better description is flash ribbon or commercially it's referred to as scare tape or scare ribbon.

What I've done is to attach it between the various protuberances on the roof, i.e. antennas, a/c housings, air horns, top of ladder, plumbing vents, etc., etc. I'll twist it in some applications and leave it flat in others. With a slight breeze, it will make a slight flapping noise which shouldn't bother humans around in adjacent sites but I think the noise does help deter the birds along with the flashing reflection it gives off visually.

One time, I attached several of the ends to trees nearby but the RV park management didn't like that (and I can see why as it really looked messy) and told me to take it down. They reluctantly allowed me to continue to attach it only to my own roof structures.

Again, in a real strong wind storm, it will usually tear some of it off and leave it floating off into other sites in the campground or RV park which is probably why the RV park didn't want me using it at all ...so it will depend on the rules of your particular park or campground.

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Had that problem, put a fake owl on roof.
The Owl only works for a little while. There were many Owls on boats at the Yacht Club with birds sitting on their heads.
However if you are traveling you will getting new untrained birds.
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Had that problem, put a fake owl on roof.
Tried that with my birds ...poor owl ended up covered in bird crap.
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A 410, 20 or 12 guage should do the trick!

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A 410, 20 or 12 guage should do the trick!

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Won't the bugs fly in the holes?
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A propane bird scare CANNON will work, but you will have to boondock, way out there!

http://www.birdcontrolpro.com/propan...0bird%20cannon

They use them in the orchards around here and you can here them for miles.
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Tried Owl's but they didn't work. Had better luck with a couple of good size rubber snakes.
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A friend of ours will place a couple of rubber snakes on the roof, says it works.
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Had a problem with pigeons getting on top of our walk-in cooler at an organization where I'm a volunteer so I spread that across the top and it cured the problem.

I just laid it down and put a couple pieces of 8' PVC pipe over it to hold in place.

I checked several times a day at first because I didn't want to kill the birds, just keep them off it. The birds avoided it and none ever got trapped by it.


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Won't the bugs fly in the holes?
He was only concerned with birds. Bugs will be another problem for another thread. Besides, a few pieces of Eternabond tape will take care of any holes.
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