Features April 2010 Issue

Keep Birds Away from Your Boat and Dock

A multi-product approach is the best strategy to repelling birds.

Practical Sailor tested a bevy of bird repellents to determine which are the most effective in keeping the pelicans, pigeons, cormorants, gulls, and other fowl from fouling your boat. Bird repellents fit into four basic categories: acoustical repellents, visual repellents, biochemical repellents, and those that use physical exclusion. Sailboats most commonly use visual devices, which are the easiest and most economical to use and install on boats. We installed a sampling of the various types and monitored them for six months. The test products included: Bird Barrier¡¯s Scare Eye, Bird-X¡¯s Terror Eyes, Bird X¡¯s Prowler Owl, Bird-X¡¯s Irri-Tape, Bird Barrier¡¯s Polly-Spike, Bird Barrier¡¯s Bird-Flight, Fly Bye¡¯s Stainless Steel Wide Spike, Fly Bye¡¯s Bird Umbrella, Bird Barrier¡¯s Daddi Long Legs, Bird-B-Gone¡¯s Bird Spider, Birdoff¡¯s Bird Off, WhirlyBird Repeller, Gull Sweep, and Bird-B-Gone¡¯s Bird Deterrent.

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