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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 25-07-2016, 08:33 Thread Starter
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Persistent Swallows.

I have a nice open car port where our new (ish) car gets parked.
Initially when a couple of Swallows built a mud nest up against one of the roof joist we thought how nice and put up with the odd blob of mud and poop.

Now they have fledged and flown. Not far. But have teamed up with another dozen Swallows who also think my car port would make an ideal nesting site.
My car is now covered in mud and poop on a daily basis almost making seeing out difficult. I wash all crap off but next afternoon covered again.

Not wishing to harm the little darlings, I tried a flashing light beneath the roof. But this didn't deter or make the slightest difference. I hung cloth from the rafters but again without success.

Has anyone any ideas to deter the little darlings from persisting to cover my car with guano? And don't suggest parking elsewhere.

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Maybe a model or stuffed bird of prey like a Hobby who's natural prey in the wild are Swallows and Swifts ???? Apart from that I ain't got a clue.

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Electric fence???
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Electric fence???
Daft bugger, they are already sitting on electric wires.

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We had/have the same problem with our verandah. It is south facing to open countryside and until I took action, Swallows thought it was a great place to live. I tried various means, but over the past couple of years have now found a way that deters them. Old CDs, they don't like them, they don't like them! The verandah is 16' long and 5 CDs strung at intervals from the leading roof edge has deterred them for the last few years. It is actually nice sitting watching them fly, see the CDs and 'swiftly' change course.

The CDs are of no particular type of music as I don't know the musical preference of Swallows.

Good luck because they do create a horrible mess.

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The CDs are of no particular type of music as I don't know the musical preference of Swallows.



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It's a great idea, can I suggest the following bands:
  • The Eagles
  • Counting Crows
  • Hawkwind

If these fail, you might need to go with Whitesnake, but only under extreme circumstances!
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Brilliant Dave.
Will get onto this deterrent immediately.

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Daft bugger, they are already sitting on electric wires.

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Yeah but if they had one really long leg = toast.

I meant an electric fence.

Try cotton/fishing line, or a mesh to stop them landing.
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OH Kev, how could you?? CDs are much kinder................................... Ray.
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Yeah but if they had one really long leg = toast.

I meant an electric fence.

Try cotton/fishing line, or a mesh to stop them landing.
Bloody hell kev, with an electric fence they would need a very long leg to touch the ground

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