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Old 05-24-2019, 08:57 AM
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I drive a 2016 Lariat. Keyless entry.

Apparently a couple of birds have decided that their reflections in my trucks windows are worth pursing, so these birds spend a certain amount of time throwing themselves into the windows. Repeatedly. These birds seem to be well fed with a diet consisting largely of something purple, amazingly large quantities of which they leaving running down the passenger doors. So, in the morning before leaving for work, I take the hose that's right in front of the truck and rinse purple bird turds off of the passenger doors. While standing in front of and beside of the truck I can hit the passenger door handle with the water stream and it'll unlock. Well done Ford. I can run up to the driver side with hands full of stuff....while it's raining....and that door will just click laughingly at me until I touch the handle in the "handle" approved standard grasping method. 6 feet away with a water stream suits the passenger side.

If you know something besides chili pepper, fake snakes and owl figurines that will deter these pooping birds, I'd love to know the secret. I've considered shooting them but, well.....lets say I haven't completely ruled that out yet.

No. No cats......

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Yes, while washing your vehicle and having the fob in your pocket, you can watch the vehicle lock, unlock, lock, unlock. Raining doesn't put enough water to complete the circuit as a hose does.
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Yeah get that bird crap off as soon as possible or it'll eventually eat right through any wax and maybe even the clear coat.
And depending on where they sit on your truck to admire themselves, their claws could possibly scratch the paint.

I myself don't believe in killing them as they are beneficial eating insects after those purple berries run out.
Seen many a bird scoop up some insect in mid flight and off trees, etc..

Far as getting pooping birds off your truck, maybe training them to leave with firecrackers.
Maybe sooner or later they'll equate your truck with a fleeing loud bang.

The fake Owl or Hawk believe it or not will work in the short term but they'll figure it out eventually.
Moving the fakes to different areas now and then could also help.
Its worth a try before dusting off the BB gun.
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They fly through because they think they can SEE through - either due to clean, clear glass; or due to the reflection. Change that, and they should stop. Try something like this:
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It will work better on the OUTside.
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I park my truck in the garage, no birds there.
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Originally Posted by Ricktwuhk View Post
Yes, while washing your vehicle and having the fob in your pocket, you can watch the vehicle lock, unlock, lock, unlock. Raining doesn't put enough water to complete the circuit as a hose does.
I learned the 1st time I washed it....put the fob on the workbench.
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Originally Posted by ib_jigged View Post
I park my truck in the garage, no birds there.

My side of the garage is otherwise full.
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That;s weird. I've noticed ('18 Lariat) that I have to place 4 fingers on the back side of the door handle for a nano second before it will unlock/open.
If I have something in my hand for example, and I can only place like 2 fingers on the handle while trying to open it, no-go
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Originally Posted by yokev View Post
That;s weird. I've noticed ('18 Lariat) that I have to place 4 fingers on the back side of the door handle for a nano second before it will unlock/open.
If I have something in my hand for example, and I can only place like 2 fingers on the handle while trying to open it, no-go
My driver side is as you describe.
I havenít tried it with the water stream since the birds seem to prefer using the passenger side for their activities.
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I had this happen on my house , couple years back. A bird just kept slamming against windows. We figured out that it was seen its reflection and was attempting to fight it for dominance . It never backed down from the fight and neither did the reflection so it went on and on. Then we taped brown paper bags against the window to stop it from seeing this other bastard bird ,that won't give up. Gone in a day or two.

The unlock feature in my other car goes off when washing my other car, too.
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