How to Keep Birds From Pooping on Your Car

Updated on May 23, 2017

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.

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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.
  • Dumpsters.
  • Sailboat masts.
  • Telephone wires.
  • Wherever you see birds roosting.
  • 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. The magnet must be strong enough to hold through the wind. A stereo speaker magnet works well.
  4. 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.

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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!

Is it Good Luck When a Bird Poops on Your Car?

Questions & Answers

  • Why can't I shoot birds with my pellet gun to prevent them from pooping on my car?

    Shooting random birds to prevent them from pooping on your car is likely illegal in many areas.

  • I have this problem with bird's droppings on my scooter (moped). How do I prevent that?

    Either put the effort into something that is movable and will scare the birds, or tarp the scooter while not using.

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      thelma 

      7 months ago

      Chris Andrews you can get those owl at the TSC tractor supply store

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      Mayombe 

      13 months ago

      Lord! This guy talks way too much!

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      markberoth 

      2 years 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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      Julie 

      3 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.

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      Chris Andrews 

      6 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

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

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      Michelle 

      6 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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      John 

      6 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.

    • CJ Andrews profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Andrews 

      6 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 ...

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      donnie 

      6 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 

      6 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.

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      Chris Andrews 

      7 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

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

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 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 

      7 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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      Chris Andrews 

      7 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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      Fay Paxton 

      7 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 

      7 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.

      http://www.tractorsupply.com/animal-repellents/swe...

      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.

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      b. Malin 

      7 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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      Movie Master 

      7 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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      Chris Andrews 

      7 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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      epigramman 

      7 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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