Unwanted Houseboat Guests - bird poo, animal dung, duck feces, fish banging.
(Des Moines, Iowa)
Unwanted Houseboat Guests & Visitors - the little terrorist here : )
Does anyone have any unwanted houseboat guests like birds, animals, ducks, or noisy fish around their house boats? I know that bird poop, animal dung, duck feces, and constant fishing banging on the hull can be hard to endure.
I was curious if any of the members have found a good deterrent to keep birds of their houseboats. The problem I am having is I have a Heron that likes to fish of the top deck of our houseboat and he is anything but tidy :)
I have tried the fake owl and that only worked for about a week. Would love to know if some of the seasoned boaters have come across this problem, and if they found a good cure?
Thanks for any help, Tim Reply - Answer
Well Tim, sorry to hear about your unwanted houseboat visitor, mind you, you have taken a great picture of a beautiful specimen. Personally, I wish I could be as good of a fisherman as a Heron, as they rarely go hungry :)
I am surprised that the fake Owl didn't solve your problem. You could use the scarecrow theory, like the one's that the farmers use in
Maybe you could mount the owl a little higher, and have some hanging beads, or rags under him, so that the wind can create some movement and keep him away.
If this doesn't work, you may need to take it up a notch, and get yourself a cat :)
Personally, years ago I had an incident where I was being teased about becoming a "family man", as I had a pregnant female duck land on our houseboat roof and lay 7 eggs.
The jokes about me becoming a "foster parent" were everywhere around the marina. I put up a fake owl, and have never been a foster parent since.
Ducks landed and laid seven eggs on our houseboat roof.
There is a multitude of issues that can happen around marinas and houseboats, and these folks had a problem with fish banging on their houseboat hull.Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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