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Published on October 16th, 2013 | by Henri

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Bird-proofing an outdoor torch light

Q.    I have an outside torch light in front of my house. A bird uses it for his personal toilet. He is discoloring the aluminum and making a mess with his droppings

A.    There are several ways you can stop this unpleasant habit. Bird-X makes several products that will work. One is Bird Gel — a sticky gel that comes in a cartridge requiring a caulking gun; you will need to remove it from time to time with paint thinner or mineral spirits, as it gets dirty from various contaminants it collects. Then renew it.

Others are Taste Aversions products and Irri-Tape, a tape that moves in the wind and scares the birds; however, the smallest size is 100 feet. Yet another choice is to use their stainless steel or plastic spikes; you would fasten them to the top of the light with an adhesive you can get in a hardware store. The latter will probably be the most attractive of the choices to use. You can review the choices at the Bird-X Web site: www.bird-x.com.

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