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    We have 2 wild ducks and their 3 dang kids that WILL not move out of our back yard and pool.
    They have been coming and craping in the pool and deck for the five past years , and stay for 2-3 monts at a time.
    Does anybody have any suggestions how to get rid of them?


    Spraying them with water doesn't work. Turning them into duck soup is not an option.

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    Default Re: Getting rid of ducks

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    Turning them into duck soup is not an option.
    How about just turning them into target practice?

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    Take an electrical cord and plug in one end to outlet and throw the other end into the pool.

    End of the duck problem.

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    Get a dog, the smaller the better.
    Terriers are great.
    I have a Jack Rat ( Jack Russell/ Rat Tarrier), just last night she saved us from a marauding opossum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Harris View Post
    We have 2 wild ducks and their 3 dang kids that WILL not move out of our back yard and pool.
    They have been coming and craping in the pool and deck for the five past years , and stay for 2-3 monts at a time.
    Does anybody have any suggestions how to get rid of them?


    Spraying them with water doesn't work. Turning them into duck soup is not an option.
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    We have 3 stray cats that hang out with them.


    Dog, sounds good then I gotta feed him and pay someone to take care of him when we go away.

    Will rubber snakes work?

    Shoot or elctrictute them , then I have the animal nazis on my case

    Side note. My wife feels bad for a bee or moth if I kill them when they come in the house

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    Rubber snakes are not effective.
    You may be able to have them relocated, but I'd just get a dog.

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    Dan

    Don't tell anyone how you get rid of them, that's the first rule.

    Duck recipes.

    Duck recipes - Canadian Living

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    We have 3 stray cats that hang out with them.
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    Stop Feeding Them.
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    Stop Feeding Them.
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    Auctualy feeding the cats so the ducks don't get food aound here is quite comical. Two get escourted to the front of the house, the other one comes in the back door just long enough to eat.

    As far as not feeding the cats, if my wife had to choose between feeding me or the cats she would choose the cats.

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    Dan,
    Tell your wife if you can not have duck in orange sauce then she is responsible for keeping the pool clean.

    Fake Owls work with some birds.

    Running a net or stringing wire in back and forth 6" - 8" apart prevents them from landing. But will not make them go away, just keeps them out of the water.


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    Embrace your inner duck. Tony Soprano did.

    TONY SOPRANO AND HIS DUCKS - YouTube

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    Reminds me of the nursery ryhme about the lady who swallowed a fly.
    Smith and Wesson or a pellet gun would be my choice... or maybe borrow a dog.

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    Auctualy feeding the cats so the ducks don't get food aound here is quite comical. Two get escourted to the front of the house, the other one comes in the back door just long enough to eat.

    As far as not feeding the cats, if my wife had to choose between feeding me or the cats she would choose the cats.
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    I think you misunderstood ,

    Stop Feeding the Cats so The Duck Become The Food.
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    Some students here are working on a helicopter drone that takes off and flies a circle around the yard whenever a deer triggers a motion detector. (We've eradicated most of our wolves and cougars, so the deer have become yard pigs.)

    Dress the chopper up like a chicken hawk.

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    From the link Mr Watson Provided

    ...keep an outdoor dog that will actually chase the ducks out of the water. Dogs and ducks donít mix, so if you are continually plagued by ducks look into getting a dog with the temperament to chase ...

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    Be careful how you deal with them (ie - kill them). Duck seasons are federally regulated.

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    You might consider do this.

    Alouette - YouTube

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    We had the misfortune of having squirrels get into out attic for years. There is a big oak tree in front of our house that gives them easy access to the roof. I put a hav-a-hart cage trap in the attic and caught one squirrel after another after another after another after another etc etc. I must have caught 25 of those of little bastards, many being repeat customers I'm sure. I got tired of hearing them run across the ceiling above my office and releasing them from the trap only so they could come right back again. I decided to deal with them my own way and I no longer have them in my attic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Ostrowski View Post
    We had the misfortune of having squirrels get into out attic for years. There is a big oak tree in front of our house that gives them easy access to the roof. I put a hav-a-hart cage trap in the attic and caught one squirrel after another after another after another after another etc etc. I must have caught 25 of those of little bastards, many being repeat customers I'm sure. I got tired of hearing them run across the ceiling above my office and releasing them from the trap only so they could come right back again. I decided to deal with them my own way and I no longer have them in my attic.
    Squirrels should be released at least a mile away, or they will return.

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    As to the dog theory, if the pool has a vinyl liner, forget it.

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    I see the OP is in Az. This would not be a post you would see from a Southerner....

    They would be giving thanks for free meals.

    Keep the fire in the fireplace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    Squirrels should be released at least a mile away, or they will return.
    The most effective way to release squirrels is underwater............after about 5 minutes. Sorry, couldn't resist.

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    As to the dog theory, if the pool has a vinyl liner, forget it.
    My brother has both a pool with a liner and a 80 dog that jumps in the pool any time the door is open. Other that shaking water in the kitchen, has not had a problem

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    Dan: Put a net or cover over pool!!


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    Dan: Put a net or cover over pool!!
    Before spending a lot of money to get rid of them I might have a change of heart and decide to have some duck soop.
    I used the suggestion of banging pans, that was in the link that HG posted.
    It's working so far, we'll see how much of a long term memory they have

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Harris View Post
    Before spending a lot of money to get rid of them I might have a change of heart and decide to have some duck soop.
    I used the suggestion of banging pans, that was in the link that HG posted.
    It's working so far, we'll see how much of a long term memory they have
    Glad its working for you, so far.

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    HG, the society for cruelty to our feathered freinds (SCOFF) may be paying you a call in the next few weeks. I trust they got your address right. Nobody hides from a satellite spy cam, as you know.

    On the bright side, now that you're doing comedy, Jay Leno could use some fresh material.

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    No problemo



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    I've heard that ducks prefer to land directly on water. Have you sen what these particular ducks do?

    Stringing a mesh net over the pool area might convince them to land on some other pool or pond instead.


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    I've heard that ducks prefer to land directly on water. Have you sen what these particular ducks do?

    Stringing a mesh net over the pool area might convince them to land on some other pool or pond instead.
    When they come in the AM they dive bomb into the pool, swim around for a while, crap, hang out on the deck; crap, then go sit/take a nap under the trees, then start the whole process over again.
    I haven't seen them in a couple days, we have several lakes [man made] in our commuinty. The last time I saw them I didnt't need to bang the pans, as soon as they saw me coming out the door they were gone. I'm hoping they decided it was quieter to hang with the other ducks there

    Yesterday I noticed one of the realtors I know , that live a mile or so away had a post on their facebook page with ducks swimming in their pool. I asked them if their ducks needed friends. They didn't think they did

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    Well that's just ducky!

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    Geese and ducks are a common nuisance on golf courses. Try to putt around big goose poop piles!. Back when I played golf, I read an article about the problem that said the ingredient used to make grape flavored Kool-aid would give the birds indigestion and they would leave for better foraging areas after awhile. The stuff is a powder you sprinkle on the grass. Not a poison and not harmful to people or pets.

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    Well I got rid of the ducks with banging pots and pans.

    Now we have another problem, a POed woodpecker.

    Last week we had our palm trees trimmed.. Since then we have a
    wood pecker that picks on the window thats next to one of the trees, [ so hard that I'm sure he's going to break the window, he's does this several times a day, starting @ 5M

    Any one have any humane suggestions to make him happy

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    Find him a mate.

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    Find him a female wood pecker. (It won't make him happy but there is no reason for him not to be as miserable as the rest of us!) He will be too busy following orders to bother with that other wood pecker in the window.

    Seriously, he is likely just seeing his reflection.
    Try covering the window or moving the perch in front of the window.

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