Bird Control for Deck Railings

How to Keep Birds Off Deck Railings

Bird Control for Deck Railings

This page will summarize how you can effectively keep birds off deck railings. The recommended products will be broken down into two categories; deterrents for pigeons and deterrents for smaller birds such as sparrows. 

Why is it Important to Stop Birds from Pooping on your Railings?

Unbeknownst to most, bird poop carries a number of diseases transmissible to humans. Most notable of these diseases are E. coli, histoplasmosis, and salmonella. Not only is bird poop a public health issue, but droppings are also quite acidic. This means if left to sit long enough, bird poop will eat away at paint, metal, wood, concrete and more. 

Note: It is important to clean away nesting materials and droppings thoroughly before installation of products. 

What Decks, Porches, and Balcony Railings Have in Common?

First, it is important to understand why birds like to perch on railings. Your deck or balcony provides a clear view of the surrounding environment, making it the perfect location for birds to perch. They can scout for food, water and most importantly predators. The most effective solution for a hand railing will be to install a deterrent that will physically stop the bird from sitting comfortably on the rail. These products are classified as ledge products. Although ledge products are mainly made for flat surfaces, some can be adapted to use on curved circular railings. 

Pigeon Deterrents for Railings (Pigeons and Larger Birds) 

The following items are designed to stop pigeon sized birds or larger. If you have issues with small birds, make sure to read through to the next section. Bird Wire is one of the most popular products used for decks, balconies and hand railings. The Bird Wire system prevents pigeon and seagull sized birds from keeping a stable footing on the rail with stainless steel posts and nylon coated steel wire. Birds wire is hard to see making it perfect for residential and commercial applications. Attachments for Bird Wire allow this deterrent to be installed on flat or circular railings. Bird Spikes can also be installed on railings with wire ties, but they can potentially be a trip and fall hazard. This is why spikes should be installed with caution. 

Bird Wire System (recommended solution) 

  • Stops pigeon and seagull sized birds from perching on railings
  • Screw posts down to flat wood railings
  • For circular rails use Bird Wire Railing clamps
  • Skill Level: medium to high
  • Installation instructions and videos are available

Bird Spikes

  • Stops pigeon sized birds and larger
  • Install with caution, in areas with minimum human interaction
  • Available in stainless steel or polycarbonate plastic
  • Skill Level: DIY Friendly, easy to glue, screw, or tie down

Small Bird Deterrents for Railings

The following products are designed to keep all birds away, this includes small, medium and large birds. SpectrumV Holographic Gel Dishes are a fantastic deterrent for those pesky small birds who love to sit on deck railings. SpecV Gel Dishes utilize a combination of site, sense, and smell to repel all sized birds. SpectrumV is great for small, medium and large birds alike, making it a multifaceted bird deterrent product. 

SpectrumV Holographic Bird Gel Dishes

  • Stops All Sized Birds; small, medium and large
  • Sight - Holographic reflection technology creates visual hot spots that scares birds away.
  • Sense - When touched, birds do not like the sticky sensation on their feet, encouraging them to leave the area.
  • Smell - Proprietary blend of ingredients creates an aroma that is unpleasant to birds making this an instinctive bird repellent gel.
  • Skill Level: Easy DIY Friendly, install with silicon based adhesive

Adding Bird Repellents to the Mix

Avian Block Bird Repellent Pouches

  • Effectively repels all sized birds
  • Uses passive sent technology to repel birds
  • Covers 6’ – 10’ diameter area per pouch
  • Each bag includes 6 pouches
  • Replace every 3 months
  • Skill Level: Easily hang pouches from railing

Professional Recommendations

If you are unsure of which products to use for deck railings, please give our Bird Control Experts a call at 1-800-392-6915. Our team of experts are ready to identify the problem and help find the best possible solution for your deck railing.  

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