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How to Keep Birds from Pooping on Your Car

Updated on March 21, 2016

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There are several links within this article. If you click on them, they will show you some helpful hints and other articles about this issue.

Bird poop and vehicles...

Anyone with a vehicle has had a problem with birds trying to turn it white to differing degrees. With shopping malls and strip malls this can be a constant issue for some of us. What is out there to help our vehicles stay out of harm's way? Some people may think that their vehicle is cursed and that nothing on Earth could help their car. I am here to give some assistance and hopefully help those of you who are having some bird poop issues issues.


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Flight Prep - Dropping Load...

One very easy method to increase your overall chances of avoiding bird poop is to park away from structures such as light posts and a little distance away from the building(s). Birds will often poop just before taking off or while taking off. If a bird is on a lamp pole, telephone wire, or roosting on a building, the chances of it pooping on the below targets is quite likely. This is one of those issues that makes me ponder the term, "lightening the load," in regards to birds.

With regards to the fight or flight responded birds definitely have a flight response. So at times, other drivers, people walking, or sudden movement sometimes really do scare the poop out of a bird. Another perspective to look at is that most animals are somewhat efficient. The more something weights the more effort, or energy, it takes to move it. Hence, when a bird is taking flight or preparing to, it poops to drop some weight and be more energy efficient.

Saturated Bombings - Literally...

Many birds poop while flying. Knowing this how can a person make the birds avoid flying over their car? There are many different ways to have the bird avoid the flight strip that includes your vehicle in it. One thing to try would be to take a few old compact discs. Four of them are fine, and make a tetrahedron from them. Make sure to put the reflective side facing out, so that the sun's rays are reflected by these surfaces. Take some cloth and hot clue it around a magnet and then glue the magnet to whichever side you wish to be the bottom. When you get out of your car place this on top of your car. I state to put the cloth around the magnet to avoid scratching the paint on your car. The magnet needs to be strong enough to hold through this, but keep in mind you will want to avoid dragging it across your vehicle or in any way causing damage to the paint. A stereo speaker magnet works well. If you want to get complex, a person can make a small shaft so the tetrahedron can rotate and spin.

This keeps the birds away from the area because of the shifting of the light. If you have a pool and are having a problem with birds pooping on your deck or in the pool - these little contraptions work for some people around the pool. Anything set out like this around a pool, move around every couple of days so the birds do not get use to them.

Luggage rotation - Food In, Poop Out

Don't park by the dumpsters. Some birds are scavengers and hit parking lots frequently for food. Don't park by the dumpster. This will not only save your olfactory glands from having to smell such foul things during the summer - but it will save your vehicle from the constant flight of birds. And if a bird is loading food in, then poop is coming out. This is a simple avoidance issue, the birds will be much more persistent in flying to a dumpster and much harder to scare off. Also, the concentration of poop may be much greater.

Ground to Air vehicle

Ground to air vehicles/modifications

There is a chance that none of this will work for you. Not much of a chance, but if this continues to be an issue and you are willing to either modify your vehicle or buy a new vehicle - there are some options.

Birds have been mastering these attacks for ages now, sometimes the response needs to be quite drastic to set an example to all avian-kind. Hopefully, these avian learn to quit targeting our vehicles.

One day it may end.

Until the day that this war between the avian and our vehicles ends - I hope that this article has helped. If you have any other comments and/or additions, please feel free to leave a comment and let the rest of us know your thoughts, ideas, etc. I hope the birds avoid your vehicle and may the skies remain clear above it. Good luck.


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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...well, lol lol, I can't believe no one in Hubville has commented on this hub - man oh man even the title alone would wake up the 'dead' lol - I park my car under a tree so you know it's Pearl Harbour every morning, noon and night - but I love your writing style, your wit, your charm and your audacity of putting this hub subject all together - so what else can I say - this is hubawesome and thank you for your endorsement and fan mail .......there's only one thing left to do ......

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      Chris Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      Glad you like it. I had fun with this one. The advise actually would help, probably. But I couldn't imagine this being a completely serious article.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi CJ, Great hub, I have shown it to my husband, as he makes such a big fuss when he finds poop on the car! The video is hiarious, he is at this moment trying to make this device!!! many thanks

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      First off I have to say that Video is Hilarious and so to the point. I laughed through most of this Hub...However, we have a Beautiful tree near the drive way and when those birds have to Poop, guess who's car they do it on. Anyone for a Sling Shot! Good Hub CJ.

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      Chris Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      Glad you liked it. If you are having a problem check out Animal Rebel. It doesn't advertise for birds, but it might work.

      I know the TSC close to me has it on clearance right now. Hope that helps, and if you try it let me know if it works.

    • Fay Paxton 5 years ago

      Now if you can tell me what to do about the bugs, I'll be happy.:) up/useful

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      Chris Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      Fay, about the bugs from driving or the bugs landing all over? I have lived in the Great Lakes area all my life and the bugs can cover a whole building. And, of course, the bugs can be hit and thus hard to remove from the car.

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      Chris Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      Fay Paxton, I recently came across an article talking about spray cooking oil on your grill so the bugs come off easy. I have never tried it, but I thought someone commented about bugs.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Great hub! Since I don't have covered parking, finding a way to keep birds (of which there are many in my area) from "lightening their load" right over my car is a real concern. Your suggestion about the old discs seems a good one. Thanks. Jaye

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      Chris Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      I hope it works for you. Those little bombers can make a mess.

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      Chris Andrews 4 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      And that is another great idea. I would like to see that - great idea and thanks for the smile from imagining it.

    • donnie 4 years ago

      Funny thing is,..this article talks about bird poop, and nothing to do with keeping them from pooing on your car. Do you folks realize how hard it is to find a parking place away from trees and power lines in a city or small town. This article is a joke apparently.

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      Chris Andrews 4 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      It talks about when birds poop. The whole idea is to keep them away. When I lived in NYC, nothing works except building modifications. The article is meant to be humorous - but in many cities there are quite a few ways to keep them from pooping on your car. I have even named a few above.

      I hope that you did find some of it funny though ...

    • John 4 years ago

      Some of the suggestions I never thought of. I am generally more concerned with finding a parking spot than where it is at. I will try to use a little more forethought. Great commercial btw.

    • Michelle 4 years ago

      Thank you for this article and the video! :-). In my neighborhood a bird (I think it's a robin) has figured out that he can land on the window of cars and then just poop all the way down the side of the door. This was happening on just one truck but the bird has discovered its more fun to spread the joy to everyone. My neighbor's and my car get hit at least daily if not multiple times a day. I'm looking forward to trying out your CD idea and hope it helps.

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      Chris Andrews 4 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      There are also bobble head owls that they make now. Not sure where to get ahold of them though.

    • Julie 2 years ago

      My problem is my neighbor refuses to move his feeders and they line up with where my car needs to be parked to get in and out on the sidewalks. I think its a small thing to ask it's ruining my paint and I didn't buy a Caddy to get it shit on! I'm washing off the paint! We won't even go into his outdoor cats. Just thought there might be some sort of sonar type thing I could plug in to deter them.

    • markberoth 8 months ago

      had trouble with birds pooping on my car i placed a magnet on my car today so we will see what happens.Hope this helps !!

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