Birds are already problematic when it comes to your car, imagine all of the extra surface areas that your camper has to offer these fly-by defecators? Fortunately for RV owners, most RVs don’t come in red, which happens to be a bird’s preferred color when going to the bathroom.
There are also a few solutions if you’re getting tired of the Uric acid, pasty white fluid build-up on your RV. We’ll cover them all in good order but they include rubber snakes, CDs, colors, and your choice of where you park your RV for the evening.
Birds are just like most other creatures except for the fact that they don’t process proteins the way we do. That means that most of their “poop” is actually uric acid, which comes out as a white, pasty substance infused with nitrogen and other forms of waste.
It’s how they retain water, by converting food into uric acid and retaining as much water as possible from the food and drink they consume. What comes out is the results of this interesting biological process and far too often, it comes out on top of our RVs, cars, vans, SUVs, or anything else that we drive on the road.
How to stop birds from pooping on your RV
Bird poop is uric acid and acid never goes well together with paint. The pasty splatter that’s all over your RV and vehicle will, in time, start degrading the paint beneath it, sometimes removing it entirely.
If you own a white RV, which most RVs are, it may be hard at times to even see the bird poop, as it will blend in with the paint scheme. But the stuff adds up, especially if your primary RV stop is at the beach. The seagulls will love you.
The good part is, it doesn’t have to stay this way forever and there are several ways to keep the birds away. Some of them are admittedly pretty silly-looking and they’ll make for some good conversation starters, but they work, so whether or not you decide to use some of them is entirely up to you.
1. Make some changes
If you’re camped seasonally, meaning your camper is going to stay in one spot for months at a time, you’ll have to make sacrifices if you want to stop the sky from raining uric acid. That means moving your birdfeeders much farther out or eliminating them together.
This includes birdbaths as well. If the bird poop on top of your camper is becoming a serious problem you have to choose between the things that you enjoy or allowing it to go on.
Colors are important too, such as the aforementioned red. Birds love the color red for some reason and they will flock to anything that is a decent size and red. On the flip side, birds loathe green.
Use a green awning and get rid of any exterior rugs that are red and replace them with green
- Hummingbirds: Red, yellow, orange, and pink
- Orioles: Orange
- Goldfinches: yellow
- Warblers: Yellow
- Blue Jays: Blue (who would have thought?)
- Doves: gray and brown
- Seagulls: Any color that looks or smells like food
If you’re camping at the beach, your primary issue is going to be seagulls and the best method to keep them away is to never have food outside in any shape, form, or manner. Of course, that kind of kills all the fun about camping in the first place. So what do you do?
If you have dogs, keep them outside with you while you’re grilling out or picnicking as their mere presence is a serious deterrent to seagulls. Otherwise, decoys work relatively well, along with motion-activated water canons.
The motion-activated water cannons are pretty fun, however, be careful where you set them up or you could get blasted as well. If you hire a professional to come out and help you figure out how to get rid of birds around your camper, the water cannons are often their method of choice.
2. A fake bird of prey
Birds are frightened by owls and the mere sight of one will deter them for a time. That means that owl figurines should become your RV’s new mascot and it’s especially effective if you are on the road a lot, instead of camping for the long term.
You see, birds are frightened of owls, but they aren’t stupid either. If the owl doesn’t move for several days, the local birds will figure out that it’s a fake and move in with their loose sphincters ready to let go.
To assist your owl decoy, you can set up a noisemaker next to the owl or you can pick up an owl decoy that comes with holographic pinwheels. The movement of the pinwheels in the wind and the presence of an owl will be a lasting and effective deterrent.
The Sensor Owl is a good choice as well. Whenever there is movement around it, the eyes light up and the built-in speaker emits a loud “hoot”. It may not last indefinitely before the local birds wise up, however, it’s very effective for stays that are short in duration.
3. Be careful where you park your RV
Where you choose to park is pretty important. Sometimes, you don’t have a choice in which lot you get, especially if a campground is packed, but for the most part, you can pick and choose. If you’re dry camping, the world is your parking lot.
Staying away from trees is imperative. That also means giving up the shade, which may be a deal killer. Birds like trees. Birds set up shop in trees and the world beneath them is their toilet bowl so if you don’t give them a place to perch above you, the battle is halfway won.
The same goes for powerlines. You’ve surely seen birds perched in scores along the length of powerlines and that’s an obvious place to avoid if at all possible. If you like stringing up camping lights then you face a trade-off. Camping strings are an attractive perch for birds and while they aren’t positioned above your camper usually, it still attracts birds.
Sometimes, you simply don’t have a choice, which most often happens when you pull into a campground. While it’s possible to ride around and check out the various lots, it’s not always possible to know what lot you will get. It really just depends on the campground, how it’s run, and how busy it is.
4. Use CDs on strings, mothballs, and citronella
This goes along with the whole glittery pinwheel thing and we told you that some of these solutions would seem a little silly. However, if you have a bunch of old CDs lying around, you may as well put them to good use.
CDs on strings: You can use fishing lines to tie them up and hang them all about the place or just focus them in a small but highly visible area. Birds are frightened of shifting, moving colors and nothing creates a sense of movement like a CD fluttering in the wind, or mirror-like pinwheels that spin in the breeze and flash in the sun.
Mothballs: Mothballs are an effective deterrent because, like most of us, birds detest the smell of them. The best way to use them is to grab a handful when you park the RV and toss them up on the roof. Now, the only kind of poop that will land on your RV is the fly-by variety.
Citronella: This one works out great because you can burn tiki torches all day long and effectively keep away both the bugs and the birds. They hate the smell of citronella and, as far as humans are concerned, there are worse smells in the world.
5. Snakes and spikes
Last but not least, you can take the time and extra effort to lay out some Bird-X Stainless Steel Spikes and rubber snakes. Birds are obviously frightened of snakes so it’s a worthy stand-in for a fake owl.
The spikes aren’t nearly as harmful as you think either. That’s because birds have excellent eyesight for the most part. It’s not as good as their bigger, raptor cousins like eagles and hawks but they know spikes when they see them and will avoid perching near them.
While you can simply toss a rubber snake onto the roof or out on the patio, the spikes require a little more work. They come with an adhesive layer on the bottom so you will probably need to grab a ladder to run some of the strips across your RV’s roof or any other area that birds like to perch when you’re parked.
Be careful to always take them back off before moving, however, the last thing you want is for them to fly off when you are driving down the road and end up in somebody’s tire.
There is probably a mile-long list on how to fend off birds whenever you park your RV. There’s nothing that you can do to stop birds from pooping, obviously, but you can at least control “where” they are pooping.
If nothing else, you can have a little fun setting up your deterrents. Rubber snakes are fun for scaring both the birds and other people, after all.