The clever hack to stop birds from dirtying your deck

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

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.

No doubt you’ve heard or tried all the ways to keep the birds at bay.

From buying a plastic owl to laying out plastic, toy snakes to scare the birds away.

But treading on a toy snake or freaking yourself out with a plastic owl can be a nuisance.

You could try hanging CDs around your deck – but that might not blend well with the style of your home.

So what should you do?

There is a clever life back that won’t scare you or change the appearance of your home.

All you need is fishing line. That’s right, fishing line is the clever life hack to keep birds from dirtying your deck.

Before you worry about the bird’s safety, you should know that it won’t hurt them at all.

You might be wondering how it works?

Well, it’s easy.

Most of the mess being caused by birds is due to them landing or perching on your guard rail.

To stop this, all you need to do is run fishing line as a tightwire two inches above the rail.

The birds can’t balance on the tightwire, so they’ll have no where to perch on your deck.

Simply run the the fishing line two inches above the rail, tying the end of the line to a post or wall to make it nice and tight.

This hack is cleverly used by many restaurants to keep birds such as seagulls out of their outdoor dining areas.

Why not give it a go yourself?

It’ll save you scrubbing your deck or patio every few days!

Have you tried this life hack before? What do you do to keep the birds away?


  1. Lorraine Walker  

    Not a bad idea but still a bit unsightly….and the birds don’t just sit on the balustrades at our place they make themselves right at home everywhere…one family of doves even come in out of the bad weather!

  2. Jo Martin  

    This certainly works….stops birds from roosting in the verandah roof…can’t even see the fishing line…fine wire also works.

  3. Pat Manderson  

    Yes trying this idea out at the moment, they stay off the railing but make themselves at home on the table and chairs. The birds are smarter than us I think.

  4. Julie Denman  

    Would love to know how to keep ducks away from pool and surrounds. Have tried all the things mentioned in the article as well as stuff in the pool to change the viscosity. Used to have a dog but she didn’t worry them either. Any suggestions?

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