Keeping Birds at Bay

Boats and marinas have been popular aviary retreats ever since humans first set sail. To keep birds from coming aboard, hang individual Fly Away blocks throughout boat rigging, stanchions, radar mast and pulpits. For sailboats, hoist blocks to the masthead and spreaders using a halyard (secured with a light line back to the deck) to provide complete coverage of all roosting places. In covered moorage or on docks, hang blocks near rafters  or anywhere birds are found to roost. At the same time, remove as many attractants as possible (See Understanding Birds). If nests are found containing eggs or chicks, wait until the eggs hatch and chicks fledge before applying blocks. 


Each Fly Away block has an effective coverage of a sphere approximately 10 feet in diameter. Place blocks up to 10 feet apart. If birds continue to congregate, increase the density to approximately 6 feet apart. As they gradually degenerate, the blocks release methyl anthranilate, the active aromatic ingredient that birds avoid. When they’ve lost a quarter to a third of their original size (about 3 months), replace the blocks to maintain a bird-free environment