Problem: Pest birds come in all sizes and shapes--gulls, cormorants, pelicans and pigeons. They love to flock around your masts, spreaders and riggings. And what they leave behind isn't pretty: bird droppings that smell and deface and eat into everything: canvas covers, rigging, sails, radar antenna gear, just about every surface on your boat. Brazen gulls will fearlessly squat on your boat, leaving you to contend with corrosive droppings, dead fish parts and nesting materials. Not exactly the image you want for your next party or outing with friend and family. These droppings can also carry any number of diseases. And they're hard to remove, usually requiring sanding. They can even cause people to slip and fall on deck—especially children.
The banners and iridescent reflective foil or flash tape are easily attached to your masts, railings, and towers. They reflect sunlight and crackle in the breeze, creating an audio-visual deterrent that will scare birds away—to the other guy's boat. Inflatable bird scare balloons work on the same principle. They feature a giant lifelike reflective predator eye that makes pest birds feel like they're about to be pounced upon. Finally, there are the teardrop-shaped Scare-Eye Diverters, which birds will avoid. They feature the same giant predator eye; in fact, some even have iridescent foil eyes to really give pest birds the creeps. Others scare-eye diverters will feature glow-in-the-dark backsides to keep birds away at night.
The secret to keeping birds away form your boat is to install these scare deterrents in high visibility areas where birds see them. And to do so now, before the birds come to your boat for the summer. Finally, make sure you move these deterrents around from time to time. Birds will eventually get used to them.