How to Stop Birds from Pooping on Your Decks

How to Stop Birds from Pooping on Your Decks

May 25, 2024 | Blog, Helpful Tips

As a homeowner, If you’ve got a deck or patio, no doubt you’ll know the frustration of cleaning up bird poop.

While it’s nice to have birds visiting, the mess can be a bit too much for most of us.

Bird droppings not only create unpleasant smells but can also cause significant damage to your deck over time. Fortunately, there are effective strategies to deter birds and keep your deck clean and inviting.

pigeon poo on deck

Maintain a Spotless Deck

Birds are often attracted to untidy areas where food or debris is left behind. One of the simplest ways to keep birds away is by maintaining a clean deck. Regularly remove any food remnants, especially after social gatherings. Inspect your deck for any potential bird entry points, such as cracks or holes, and repair them promptly. Consistent maintenance not only keeps your deck looking great but also acts as a deterrent for birds.


You can use a pressure wash to rinse your deck, but do so carefully, as this can damage the wood. Always use a fan-style tip and use the power washer’s low or medium setting.

Install Reflective Items

Reflective objects like mirrors or aluminium foil strips can serve as an inexpensive and effective bird deterrent. Birds are generally scared off by shiny objects and their own reflections. By hanging these items around your deck, you create a disorienting environment for the birds, making them less likely to land. This method is not only cost-effective but also allows you to repurpose old CDs and DVDs creatively.

Set Up Wind Chimes or Ultrasonic Bird Repellent Devices

Wind chimes can be a charming addition to your deck decor while also serving a practical purpose. The sounds they produce can scare birds away over time. For a more technological approach, consider using an ultrasonic bird repellent device. These devices emit high-pitched sounds that are irritating to birds but inaudible to humans, effectively keeping birds at bay. Combining movement, sound, and reflection, these devices offer a comprehensive solution to your bird problem.

Implement Bird Spikes

Although this way can be effective, we don’t necessarily agree with this one, it can take away the look of your deck and also can be dangerous to yourself or children or your beloved pets, so use this one with caution.

Bird spikes can be installed on railings, roofs, awnings, and other popular bird spots. The upward-pointing spikes make landing uncomfortable for birds, encouraging them to move on to another location. Bird spikes are easy to install and can be purchased from various retailers, including online stores and local hardware shops.

Use Plastic Predator Bird Replicas

Placing a plastic owl or hawk replica on your deck or nearby can deter smaller birds. These replicas mimic natural predators, scaring away birds and keeping your deck free from droppings. Position these replicas strategically for maximum effectiveness.

Refinish or Oil Your Deck

If your deck is due for some maintenance, consider refinishing or applying a fresh coat of deck oil. Not only does this improve the appearance of your deck, but it also makes it less attractive to birds. Deck oil provides additional protection against UV rays and moisture, extending the life of your deck while deterring birds.

deck clean up after pigeon poo reflective items to scare birds


By implementing one or more of these methods, you can significantly reduce the chances of birds soiling your deck, patio, or veranda. Keeping your outdoor space clean and bird-free ensures that you can fully enjoy your deck without the annoyance of bird droppings. For professional assistance, feel free to contact us at DeckSeal. We’re here to help you keep your outdoor space pristine and enjoyable.

If you are interested in deck oiling in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Wollongong, Hobart, or Byron Bay, give us a call at 1800 332 525 or fill out our online contact form.

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