For less than $30 this is the secret item you need for a poop-free deck

Take back your weekends spent cleaning up their dirty business
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There are many benefits to attracting wildlife to your yard, but in some cases, the cons outweigh the pros. For apartment dwellers, birds’ flocking to your balcony means weekends spent cleaning up their business. 

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Thankfully, theres a really simple solution that will keep the birds at bay – and your balcony clean: a fake owl.

Priced just under $30, these nifty bird scarers should do the trick.

Possum Bird Scarer Owl, $28.90, Catch

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Garden Now Sensor Owl Deterrent, $26.23, Amazon

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How does a fake owl scare birds?

Birds are normally afraid of owls, making them the perfect deterrent.

That said, a study conducted at Linfield College in Oregon concluded they only work for a limited time – especially when food is involved.

How to improve the effectiveness of a fake owl

However, there are some things you can do to improve the effectiveness of your plastic owl.

According to Sciencing, placing the owl in a natural setting is likely to be more effective. As owls dont like to be seen, it’s more realistic for other birds. 

In addition, moving your owl every day will also help create the allure of a real owl. Go out and give it a go! What do you have to lose? 

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