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How to Stop Birds from Pooping on Your Car

If you have birds hanging around the area where you park your car, there's a high likelihood that one of these days, birds will poop on it. And that's only if they aren't already pooping on it.

Bird droppings cause several problems. In addition to being undesirable to look at, the uric acid contained in them can also damage cars and car paint exteriors.

So, how do you stop birds from pooping on your car? Let's get into it.

A car cover is the first option to stop birds from pooping on your car. You can buy a car cover from an automotive store or online and cover your car with it while you park it. When you go to drive again, take it off.

This option works to stop birds from pooping on your car. It is slightly annoying to put the car cover on every time you park it, but it will protect your vehicle from bird poop and the elements.

Along the same lines as a car cover, you can also park your car in a garage or other covered structure. If no birds are inside the structure, your vehicle will be safe from bird droppings.

If covering your car is not an option, the next option is to address the bird problem directly. If you have a bird infestation in your area, there are a few ways to work that out.

The first bird deterrence method is to remove bird food and nesting grounds. Get rid of any avenues birds have to find food in the area. This could mean open trash cans or compactors, food on the ground, or bird feeders. To stop birds from pooping on your car, remove these elements.

The next step to remove a bird infestation is to block off bird nesting grounds. To do this, wait until the fall or winter when birds stop mating. Please don't interfere with any live nests; to do so for all but three bird species (common pigeons, common starlings, and house sparrows) is illegal in North America. In nearly all cases, the birds will become territorial and defend their nest.

Once fall comes and the birds' young have hatched, you can put into place proper bird exclusion methods. Use bird netting to block off areas where birds nest. These places could include under solar panels, holes in the sides of houses, chimneys, and around trash compactors. If you have birdhouses around, you can also remove those to reduce the amount of birds nesting.

Long-term, stopping birds from nesting is essential to reducing a bird infestation. If birds are not attached to an area because of nesting, they will be more willing to find somewhere else. If they nest, all bets are off. The birds will stay there and often return yearly, reusing the same grounds and nests.

The best method to stop birds from nesting is bird netting. Bird netting is an exclusion method that prevents birds from nesting with approximately 100% efficiency. Birds like enclosed spaces that protect them from predators and the weather. These places can be blocked off with bird netting, preventing birds from entering, let alone building nests, in these small, enclosed areas.

Once you've blocked off nesting grounds, you can install bird deterrence methods to prevent birds from landing or perching in areas around your car.

Bird spikes can be installed on ledges near your car to stop birds from perching and congregating near it. If you have trees, facade signs, fences, or a rooftop ledge near your vehicle that birds are perching on, consider installing bird spikes to block birds from being able to land on that surface.

Bird spikes come in plastic and metal varieties and stick out from a ledge. They take up the surface of the ledge and stop medium-sized birds like pigeons, starlings, and seagulls from being able to land. Smaller-sized birds, like sparrows, can sometimes still fit between the bird spikes and even make their nests between them.

Contrary to popular belief, bird spikes do not hurt birds. They are not spikes in the sense of a weapon. They stick out and block birds from being able to access the surface.

Bird wire is another option similar to bird spikes for blocking birds from landing on ledges and surfaces. Bird wire threads a bouncy wire across a surface, springing if a bird tries to land on it. The wire bounces, and the bird, lacking a sense of stability, flies away. Bird wire has lower visibility than bird spikes, and some people prefer it for aesthetic reasons.

Ledge modification techniques like bird spikes and bird wire will reduce bird droppings in an area if birds are perching and gathering on that ledge in that area. This technique works best if your car is parked next to this sort of ledge that the birds are picking on.

In the long term, ledge modification techniques will only work if you address the bird infestation problem from its nesting roots. If birds get a chance to nest in an area, they will make that area their home, and as long as they are nesting there, it will be challenging to make them leave. Nesting grounds must be excluded with bird netting to exclude birds from the area entirely.

Summary: You can take several steps to stop birds from pooping on your car. The first step is to cover your vehicle using a car cover or park inside a garage.

The next step is to address the underlying bird infestation problem. Remove food sources and block off nesting grounds with bird netting. Then, install bird spikes or bird wire on ledges close to your car.

Covering up your car and removing pest birds from around the area can stop birds from pooping on your car.

Benefits of Stopping Birds from Pooping on Your Car:

  • Fewer Bird Droppings

  • Cleaner Car

  • Cleaner Looking Property

  • Lower Bird-Borne Disease Risk

  • Fewer Birds Overall

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