If you have recently installed new commercial pontoons, you will no doubt enjoy being able to easily access the lake or river on which it is situated. Pontoons are perfect for mooring boats between trips on the water and for sitting on if you wish to enjoy the sunshine. However, local wildlife can sometimes cause problems for pontoon owners. Birds tend to be the biggest culprits. Birds will often attempt to build nests on pontoons or to use the wooden surfaces as a place to roost. Not only do bird droppings look and smell bad, but they can also cause the surface of the pontoon to degrade. Read on to find out what you should do if birds have been nesting on your pontoon.
Clean up the mess
While it isn't a pleasant job, the first thing you will need to do is to clean up the mess the birds have made. You need to use a pressure washer to spray water onto the droppings so that they wash off into the water. Once you have done this, you need to inspect the pontoon for signs of damage. If you notice that the wood is discoloured, warped or brittle, it may need to be repaired. A professional pontoon repair company will be able to offer further assistance.
Stop the birds from returning
Once you have repaired the damage and restored your pontoon to its former glory, you will need to take action to stop the birds from returning. If you fail to do this, all of the hard work you have put into your pontoon will be wasted as the birds will start to build new nests and to deposit new droppings. Below is a guide to some of the options you should consider:
Install bird spikes and nets
Bird spikes are pointed mental nails which can be attached to wooden beams beneath your pontoon. When a bird attempts to land on one of the beams, it will come into contact with the spikes and experience a painful sensation. The spikes are not sharp enough to injure a bird but they unpleasant enough that birds will think twice before they return to your pontoon.
Remove food sources
When you invite people onto the pontoon, you should explain that they should not feed any birds they see. If visitors feed the birds, it will encourage the birds to return in the hope of getting more food.
If you would like further advice, contact a pontoon specialist today.