Chris is always trying to figure out the best ways to keep birds away from his shiny car.
The Universal Problem of Bird Poop on Cars
Anyone with a vehicle has had a problem with feathered friends trying to turn their car white. Whether parked in a shopping mall, strip mall, or grocery store parking lot, this can be an issue. It's especially a problem for those of us that live near rivers, lakes, or the beach (think seagulls).
What can we do to help keep our vehicles 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 bomb issues.
How to Keep Birds Away From Your Car
One very easy method to increase your overall chances of avoiding avian messes is to park away from places where birds hang out. These include:
- Light posts.
- The edge of buildings (birds will often poop just before or while taking off).
- Lamp poles.
- Sailboat masts.
- Telephone wires.
- Wherever you see birds roosting. I cannot emphasize this enough, stay away from parking under large trees where birds congregate. If you park there, it will be bad news for your car!
- Trees where birds are present.
- Cover side mirrors with a plastic bag, sock, or cardboard (they like to "play" with the "other birds" in the mirror).
How to Bird-Proof Your Car
Many birds poop while flying. There are many different ways to encourage them to avoid your vehicle. Here is a device I made myself that works quite well.
- Take a few old compact discs—four is enough—and make a tetrahedron or pyramid-shaped structure with them. Make sure the CDs reflective sides are facing out. The sun will reflect off these surfaces.
- Take some cloth and hot glue it around a magnet and then glue the magnet to the bottom of the pyramid. When you get out of your car, place this structure on top of your car. (The cloth will keep the magnet from scratching the paint on your car.)
- The magnet must be strong enough to hold through the wind. A stereo speaker magnet works well.
- If you want to get fancy, make a small shaft so the tetrahedron can rotate and spin.
This structure will keep the birds away from the area because of the shifting of the light. These little contraptions can serve the same function around pools and decks, too.
Why Do Birds Poop on Your Car?
A British auto shop conducted an informal survey of to answer the question, "Are some cars more likely to be crapped on than others?" What they found, among other things, is that red cars do seem to be a favorite among birds.
Birds also have a natural fight-or-flight response. Loud vehicles, people walking by, or other sudden movements or noises might literally scare the crap out of a nearby bird. Another perspective to look at is that most animals are somewhat efficient. The more something weighs, the more effort, or energy, it takes to move it. Hence, when a bird is taking flight or preparing to do so, it unloads on your car.
Can Bird Droppings Damage a Car's Paint?
Yes! Birds do not pee and poop separately. Their white droppings contain uric acid, a component of urine. Uric acid is corrosive enough to etch through a car's paint, so it's important to wipe bird droppings off a car's finish as soon as possible.
Ground to Air Vehicle
One Day it May End
Until the day that this war between the avian world and our vehicles ends, I hope that these ideas help. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment and let the rest of us know. I hope the birds avoid your vehicle and may the skies remain clear above. Good luck!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Why can't I shoot birds with my pellet gun to prevent them from pooping on my car?
Answer: Shooting random birds to prevent them from pooping on your car is likely illegal in many areas.
Question: I have this problem with bird's droppings on my scooter (moped). How do I prevent that?
Answer: Either put the effort into something that is movable and will scare the birds, or tarp the scooter while not using.
Question: There is a Robin that is constantly targeting only my car when there are 3, with trees around each. Is it possible that they will actually target a certain car?
Answer: There have been studies that suggest that birds will poop on different colors more. With a situation like this, I would lean towards the bird is revealing itself about the same distance from take off and it happens to be your car is that distance more often than the others. We often park in the same places - creatures of habit.
Question: I rent a carport and have found that birds love to sit on the wood rafters and poop all over my car. What can I do about this? Please help!
Answer: There are spikes you can purchase to place on top of the rafters, or put nails in the rafters and allow them to stand tall. You are looking for a way to prevent the birds from perching there.
Question: Are birds afraid of owls?
Answer: Some would be afraid of them and others would not be afraid of them. It would mainly depend on if the bird was hunted by the species of owl you are asking about. Also, when birds become aware that something will not do them harm they become less and less afraid of it.
© 2011 Chris Andrews
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on October 05, 2019:
Best of luck, their presents are not appreciated.
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 04, 2019:
These are some brilliant tips-- I particularly like the one with the CDs and the magnet! We have power lines above our driveway so it makes perfect sense that we often have bombs. Will attempt to park as far from the lines as we can. Thank you for this post!
Vidhan on July 15, 2019:
Thanks for sharing this information regarding Car covers, I really found this very interesting. And your blog about cars cover is also very useful to safe cars from dust and all.
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on June 25, 2019:
Crystal, sorry for the issue. Unfortunately, white is one of the colors that birds generally only prefer 7% of the time. But dirt and debris does show up on white much easier. I would look for bird nests or birches in the area. Birds will often poop before they take off. See what can be done to remove a perch area.
CRYSTAL ANN TOWNS on June 25, 2019:
We just purchased a 2019 white sub forester and birds are constantly pooping on it and scratching the windows we put bags over mirrors still not working weve never had this problem before weve had orange, blue and brown vehicle's not once did a bird poop on them ...what can we do
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on June 17, 2019:
The only thing you are trying to do with this is create something that moves and reflects like. Make a pyramid out of them on some plastic or something rigid and weather resistance.
Pfirsisch on June 17, 2019:
Man, I'm really glad I cam across your post. I just bought a plastic, life like owl. I haven't used it yet, but I remember it being used in the countryside of Europe to prevent bird nuisance. I want to try your method. I posted this as a question above, but I wasn't sure it would be seen. Can you provide a link or picture of this CD tetrahedron contraption you have? I see and know how a pyramid is shaped, but I have no idea how to build this you describe. You said 4 (four) CDs. Do 3 go together to form the top of the pyramid, and the 4th is the bottom, centered inside the 3?
sid on May 02, 2019:
I use covers to keep the birds off my side mirrors, mirrormatemitts.net
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on April 19, 2019:
I found it humorous though ;)
Bob on April 19, 2019:
Excuse the pun...but what a load of Shite
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on October 01, 2018:
Sorry, birds can be an annoying problem. If you are forced to park under a tree you may want to invest in a car cover. Most anything that you could do probably wouldn't help much because if they did land and then were scared you would have the same issue.
Damon McDermott on September 30, 2018:
Shit, I thought you were serious. I'm glad I read the reviews before I built this contraption. I moved into an a HOA and I have to park under a tree, the birds are destroying my car. I guess I'll try mounting a big lizard to the roof.
thelma on January 05, 2018:
Chris Andrews you can get those owl at the TSC tractor supply store
Mayombe on July 12, 2017:
Lord! This guy talks way too much!
markberoth on May 12, 2016:
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 !!
Julie on December 28, 2014:
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.
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on June 25, 2012:
There are also bobble head owls that they make now. Not sure where to get ahold of them though.
Michelle on June 24, 2012:
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.
John on April 16, 2012:
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.
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on April 12, 2012:
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 ...
donnie on April 12, 2012:
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.
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on January 28, 2012:
And that is another great idea. I would like to see that - great idea and thanks for the smile from imagining it.
P.J. on January 28, 2012:
I bought my son a remote control helocopter and he now flies his helo into the area they were roosting...WOW! NO MORE BIRD PROBLEM! Plus i'm now having fun flying his helo, so much that I got a much larger version. Started a fun hobby. Like the old saying, can't beat em', join em'...FLYING, that is!
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on July 21, 2011:
I hope it works for you. Those little bombers can make a mess.
Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 21, 2011:
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
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on June 29, 2011:
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.
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on May 25, 2011:
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.
Fay Paxton on May 25, 2011:
Now if you can tell me what to do about the bugs, I'll be happy.:) up/useful
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on May 23, 2011:
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.
b. Malin on May 23, 2011:
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.
Movie Master from United Kingdom on May 23, 2011:
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
Chris Andrews (author) from Norwalk, Ohio on May 22, 2011:
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.
epigramman on May 22, 2011:
...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 ......