Effective Bird Control for Marinas and Boating


Boats, docks and swim platforms often provide birds with the perfect waterfront perch or vantage point for their next meal. Large birds such as geese, ducks and cormorants along with gulls and other birds can virtually take over these areas while creating quite a mess.

Excessive Bird Damage on Boats and Structures

Birds perching and roosting on boats and seaside structures can quickly become a costly nuisance. The acidic nature of bird droppings can damage boat covers, spreaders, window gaskets, sails, outboard engines, sliding doors, deck surfaces and antenna arrays. Cleaning off dried bird droppings can pose quite a challenge to boat owners and marine operators.

Health Risks & Hazards

Bird droppings can carry any of 60 transmittable diseases—such as Salmonella, ecoli and West Nile virus. When dried bird droppings are aerated, they can spread disease-carrying spores into boats. Bird droppings can also create slip-and-fall hazards, especially on boats, where surfaces are often wet.

Bird Proofing Tactics

Ideally, bird control measures should be installed before pest birds arrive on your boat or dock. A proactive approach is the best way to prevent defacement and damage. The next best tactic is to deter birds as soon as they’re noticed. Wait too long and it becomes increasingly difficult to remove them.

Bird Controls to Match Your Need

Bird controls most often recommended for the boating industry include:

  • Stainless Steel Bird Spikes

    These come in various splay widths to provide increasingly wider areas of protection for masts, lights and rooftops. The rugged spiked strips feature a patented “bend-and-crush” design, which means the spikes are firmly embedded in an unbreakable UV-protected polycarbonate base. This flexible base bends a full 360 degrees, so it can easily “follow” a variety of curved mounting surfaces.

  • Bird Spider 360

    This multi-legged “Daddy Long Legs” device intimidates birds to prevent them from landing on boat decks and Biminis (during storage), as well as on AC units and rooftops. Ruggedly designed for outdoor use, the Spider 360 features marine grade stainless steel “arms” in four leg lengths to protect diameters up to 8 feet. A PVC base allows the Spider to be easily placed wherever birds gather most often.

  • Solar Bird Chase Super Sonic

    This device emits pre-recorded distress and predator calls that intimidate as many as 22 species of birds. The device is water resistant, programmable, and comes with a built-in speaker to cover up to an acre. Additional speakers can be added to cover up to five acres. Because it’s solar powered, no AC access is needed, so it can be where pest birds gather most often.

  • Bird Scare Diverters

    These teardrop-shaped hanging visual bird deterrents create a visual distraction zone that intimidates pest birds. Each Diverter features a predator eye on a reflective surface. A swivel attachment allows the Diverters to rotate 360° for added effectiveness. Attach to masts, sails and other bird prone areas.

  • Flash Tape

    Made of a highly reflective, shiny Mylar film, Flash Tape rattles in the breeze and reflects sunlight to create a visual distraction zone that frightens pest birds. Flash Tape comes in 50' rolls that are easily cut into strips and attached to masts, sails and other areas birds tend to occupy.

Expert Bird Assistance

If you’re unsure about which product would work best for your specific situation, Bird B Gone has over 80 years of combined experience in the field of bird control. We can help you with product selection, installation and cleanup. Just call us at 800-392-6915 for a catalog, pricing, or product samples or email us at We also work with a network of authorized installers, call today for a trained bird control professional in your area.