I moved into a mobile home that had been vacant for a year, and the ducks in the neighborhood loved to stay under the carport undisturbed. They make a mess and then leave, and come back to do it all again after I have cleaned up. The paint on the cement is peeling from the waste they leave. How do I make them know they are not welcome?
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octoberbabye from Bradenton, FL USA
I;m not sure if you mean they are domestic ducks, or wild ducks? However even 'wild' ducks can be very tame especially if fed.. so don't feed them, (though I expect you're not doing that anyway) Can you make some sort of wire netting barrier to stop them getting in? Or get a cat or a dog? I'm afraid I don't know of a duck 'repellemt' though someone else might. I sympathise. I once had 2 ducks that roamed free in the yard, and the mess was pretty bad.. cleaned it up each day, but back it came...
My aunt and uncle have a short fence across their carport to keep rabbits out.
There's an organic product made from grape skins that repels geese - maybe ducks, too. Maybe that would work, or maybe the scent of a predator like a dog? Good luck!
At the campground where my dad rented a lot every year, they had problems with geese coming up onto the lots and leaving messes. One of his "neighbors" put a string (tied to stick in the ground)around their lot and it worked to keep them out. They will not go past the string. Dont know if this will work for ducks, but worth a try. Good Luck!
I have read that urine from predators will repel birds
Would some friend of yours station his dog there for a few days? with shelter etc to meet the dog's needs. Nothing does it like one of the duck's natural enemies. Of course I don't want any ducks hurt, just the sight of the dog would do it. Save that duck poop for your flower bushes! God bless you - Kim
Try sprinkling a few handfuls of mothballs around the area. Once they get out of the habit of coming there you can dispose of what is left of the balls. Gets rid of other critters and bugs as well!
I tried moth balls as suggested by two friends, but no luck. I think that next I will try the string. I just planted two bushes and will eventually use bushes as a deterant. These are wild ducks and they come under the fence from the mobile home park next door. Thanks to all for your suggestions.
The string seems to be working well. I see them looking at it and then turning away. I have started to plant bushes along the string and set out potted plants.
Sometimes we can see God's hands in the small things we need.
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