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noquacks 04-12-2011 04:55 PM

Birds in my garage- wont leave!
 
Pooping all over my 2 new cars.....Geez. Tweety birds. I think maybe they have a nest and babies hatched. I counted 5. I was thinking of spraying them with some water from a pump sprayer. Not sure if that is enough to intimidate them. Maybe ammonia in the sprayer will be better? (I now it wont hurt them, just stink bad for a while)

Anybody ever have tweety birds in garage?

Thanks!

Stephen S. 04-12-2011 05:48 PM

I had similar experience to you but not in the garage, they were in the kitchen exhaust fan pipe (they got in through the broken exhaust cover with small opening).


I replaced the babies while the parents were gone, put them in a new bird house and stuffed with the nesting materials removed from the pipe. I put the house outside a window next to the pipe entry so I can monitor it through the window. I saw the parents standing on the gutter of my neighbour's house for while then continue their business and fed the babies after they realized it was safe. We thought it's all good, the next morning, the babies were dead and parents were gone. Probably due to the cold @ night? Early spring in Toronto, Canada.

If you are from warmer climate area maybe you can replace the nest on a tree near your house?

kwikfishron 04-12-2011 06:26 PM

If you want clean cars either park outside or kill the chicks.

Next year don’t let them get in there in the first place.

Leah Frances 04-12-2011 06:32 PM

Sadly, Ron's advice is on the money. My garage had been abandoned for a year and birds/ squirrels pulled out the soffit grates and turned the attic into an aviary. I'm talking many dozens of nests.

I spent a very sad day stapling up hardware cloth over every opening. But the next day was worth some tears as I watched one perplexed starling after another try to get inside. :cry:

kwikfishron 04-12-2011 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Stephen S. (Post 628172)
If you are from warmer climate area maybe you can replace the nest on a tree near your house?

I truly hope others say there is a way, but growing up in the middle (between cold and warm) all Iíve seen is, messing with the nest never has a positive result.

Wildie 04-12-2011 07:05 PM

How about getting a dust cover for the cars! :yes:

boman47k 04-13-2011 07:57 AM

Maybe a little used cat litter near the entrances? Radio?

Btw, cat litter did not work for squirrels in my attic.

I have had a problem with the birds fighting (?) the mirrors and the wheels on my vehicle parked outside. Have even had then attacking the sides when they shine.

Leah Frances 04-13-2011 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by boman47k (Post 628487)
I have had a problem with the birds fighting (?) the mirrors and the wheels on my vehicle parked outside. Have even had then attacking the sides when they shine.

This is an important point. Mirrors can be used to help keep birds away. That whole 'bird-brained' thing, combined with aggression and territoriality.

I've hung CDs at places where I want to keep away the starlings. I used string and weights to allow them to spin. Seems to work pretty well.

Tizzer 04-13-2011 03:05 PM

Its that time of year. Birds are making nests in the entry-way porches here. They usually leave after the chicks have learned to fly. Maybe it's cause there are stray cats roaming about.
I'd say to get a pet cat but they'd climb all over your new cars.

Jim F 04-13-2011 06:29 PM

I try to tear down the nests before they get them completely built. Otherwise you have to break eggs, kill chicks or just let them be till the fledge. I've never had success at moving a nest either. They will invariably abandon the nest ans the babies will suffer a worse fate. At least I can end it humanely for them.

noquacks 04-14-2011 02:45 PM

Whew....first break in 2 days......sorry for delay guys, but man, been too busy to reply. Good tips here. Looks like it was a bunch recently hatched/growing feathers, and as of today, theyre all gone!

Never had them before...in over 10 yrs. Once, I used mothballs for squirrels....mixed success. Ammonia helps too. but I even tried to shake the smitherines out of a big bag to make crunchy noises but it didnt scare them (2 days ago, that was).

Anyway, lets hope theyre gone for good (until next spring? LOL)

Windows 04-14-2011 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by noquacks (Post 629433)
Whew....first break in 2 days......sorry for delay guys, but man, been too busy to reply. Good tips here. Looks like it was a bunch recently hatched/growing feathers, and as of today, theyre all gone!

Never had them before...in over 10 yrs. Once, I used mothballs for squirrels....mixed success. Ammonia helps too. but I even tried to shake the smitherines out of a big bag to make crunchy noises but it didnt scare them (2 days ago, that was).

Anyway, lets hope theyre gone for good (until next spring? LOL)


What kind of birds were they?

noquacks 04-14-2011 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Windows (Post 629521)
What kind of birds were they?

All I can say is tweety birds......with a tinge of red.....Not a member of the Audobon Society....LOL

DrHicks 04-14-2011 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by noquacks (Post 629433)
Whew....first break in 2 days......sorry for delay guys, but man, been too busy to reply. Good tips here. Looks like it was a bunch recently hatched/growing feathers, and as of today, theyre all gone!

Never had them before...in over 10 yrs. Once, I used mothballs for squirrels....mixed success. Ammonia helps too. but I even tried to shake the smitherines out of a big bag to make crunchy noises but it didnt scare them (2 days ago, that was).

Anyway, lets hope theyre gone for good (until next spring? LOL)

They'll return. The default setting of birds is to return to where they were hatched.

Now that they're gone, knock down the nest. Next year, watch it closely and remove any shreds of a nest when they start building.

robut 04-17-2011 07:20 PM

Birds in your garage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DrHicks (Post 629569)
They'll return. The default setting of birds is to return to where they were hatched.

Now that they're gone, knock down the nest. Next year, watch it closely and remove any shreds of a nest when they start building.

I put two coffee cans with a hand full of mothballs, then placed them in the rafters areas away from kids. Insects and animals cant smell with the fumes given off and vacate the area. I leave them there all year. same in my attic in the house I can't smell the mothballs in the house.

Robut :whistling2:


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