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By Alex A. Kecskes : A how to tutorial about get rid of ducks, deter ducks, ducks in pool, Lifestyle with step by step guide from Alex A. Kecskes.

In Robert McCloskey’s children’s book Make Way for Ducklings, Mallard ducks raise a family in a Boston city park and stop traffic on their foray out into the larger community. While the children’s story ends happily, real life duck stories sometimes end with Mallards or Muscovy Ducks becoming something of a nuisance. In yards, nesting ducks may make a mess on the lawn or in swimming pools. On properties with water frontage, ducks may loaf and make a mess on docks or boats. Unfortunately in real life it isn’t always easy or even feasible to make way for ducklings!

So what do you do when a duck moves in uninvited? First realize that you actually did invite the duck—there is something about your yard that attracted the duck in the first place. Maybe it was the swimming pool, maybe it was a low bush for it to build a nest under, or just a place to climb out of the water and rest. So pay attention to what the ducks are doing in your yard and try to identify why it was attracted to your yard in the first place. Once you figure out what the duck is attracted to, you can solve the problem by making your yard less appealing to the ducks.

Swimming Pools
What if the duck is interested in our swimming pool? You can’t just get rid of the pool to make the ducks go away. There are really just two major options a) make the pool inaccessible to the ducks or b) make the pool less inviting, usually by putting up something to try and scare the ducks away.

To block access to your swimming pool, look at how the ducks are getting in the pool. If they are flying in and landing on the water, you can string up a web of rope or nylon line or even a large x made from mylar flash tape over the pool area. If birds are hopping into an in ground pool or up into an above ground pool you will need to find another way to block the birds—perhaps with a pool safety net.

If you can’t figure out a way to physically block the ducks from your pool, you have to try option two, which usually involves using visual bird deterrents like diverters, balloons, or coyote decoys. Some people have had luck filling a bird balloon half with water and half with air and letting them float around in the pool. But whatever you try, there is always the chance that the ducks will get used to them once they realize they don’t pose a real threat, so you may have to try several different visual deterrents.

Another way to make the pool area less attractive is to keep an outdoor dog that will actually chase the ducks out of the water. Dogs and ducks don’t mix, so if you are continually plagued by ducks look into getting a dog with the temperament to chase ducks, but remember it will have to get in the water or the ducks will just swim out and enjoy the pool beyond the reach of the dog.

Nesting Ducks
If ducks are nesting in your yard, you want to scare them away before they lay eggs. If they are nesting under a bush, you may be able to make that area less attractive by pruning the bush back so the nest site is more exposed. You may be able to block ducks from an attractive nesting site with chicken wire or temporary fencing. As with the pool, if there is no way to physically alter the yard to make it less inviting or to block ducks from a nesting site, you can try visual deterrents.

Ducks on Docks
Sometimes ducks just come and hang out on decks, docks, or patios. Be creative and look for ways to block duck access to these areas. Something like a bird spider may be able to do the trick, or depending on the area you are trying to protect, check out other possible physical deterrents.

Hungry Ducks
For ducks, coots, and other waterfowl that are munching on your lawn, you may be able to get them to move on by making the grass taste bad to them by spraying the lawn with Migrate Goose Repellent.
Anti-Duck Magic
OK, so it isn’t exactly magic, but whatever your duck problem, here are the steps to finding a solution:
1) Carefully observe the ducks to see what they are attracted to and how they are using your property.
2) Look for ways to physically block the ducks from whatever they are attracted to. This can include commercial bird physical deterrents , architectural modifications, or installation of fencing or other yard supplies.
3) If there is no way to physically block the ducks from the problem area, look for ways to scare them away—perhaps with visual deterrents, dogs, or good old fashioned repeated chasing them away with pots and pans!
4) Feel free to give our bird specialists a call (toll free at 877-820-8205) or email if you run into duck problems you can’t figure out or if you have more questions about Bird-B-Gone products that might work in your specific situation.

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