How to Clean Sea Gull Poop

Sea gulls are a common thing to see all over the United States. It seems strange, but no matter where you live, you may have to deal with sea gulls in the parking lot or near your home. Because of this, it’s important to know how to clean sea gull poop off of a variety of places and surfaces. Read further; if you’ve got problems with sea gulls, we’ve got answers for you.

How to Clean Sea Gull Poop

Why are there Sea Gulls Here when I'm not near the Sea?

I know what you may be thinking; you don’t live by the ocean or a body of water, why in the world do you have to deal with sea gulls in the first place? Shouldn’t they be hanging out at the ocean, as their names imply?

Here’s the issue: The term “sea gull” has been abused and misused for a long while. While “sea gulls” do actually exist as a species, many people have turned the term into a universal term. The fact of the matter is, most of the birds that we call sea gulls are part of the gull family, but not at all the same birds that we see by the ocean. Once you realize this, you realize that seeing a flock of sea gulls in a parking lot is no different than seeing Canadian Geese in the United States. It’s just a name, and the “sea” part doesn’t mean that gulls only live on the water.

That being said, why are they in parking lots? Sea gulls are naturally scavengers. They eat whatever they can find and take advantage of places where a lot of people congregate. If you look at what parking lots they hang out in, they’re normally lots near a restaurant or other eating establishment. They know that there is food to be had, so they flock there in hopes of getting some good eats.

So the rumors you’ve heard about “sea” gulls thinking the parking lot is water? Simply not true. These are just simple birds looking for something to chow down on without having to work hard for their meal. 

Getting Sea Gull Poop off of Your Car

One of the most common places that you will have to deal with sea gull poop is on your vehicle. As explained above, parking lots are a common place to have to deal with these pesky birds. So, how can you clean the sea gull poop off of your car without totally destroying your finish or having a permanent stain? Here’s a quick and easy way to do so.

What You Will Need:

  • Microfiber polishing cloth
  • Spray detailer
  • Hose
  1. Take the microfiber polishing cloth and fold it four times. This helps to make it thick enough to soak up the bird poop stain.
  2. Spray the one side with spray detailer; whatever one you normally use should work perfectly. Make sure that the cloth is well-lubricated.
  3. Place the cloth on top of the dried bird droppings, then wet the cloth thoroughly with the hose, but not so much that the spray detailer is rinsed off the cloth.
  4. Allow the cloth to sit for anywhere from five to fifteen minutes. During this time, the sea gull poop will loosen up and make it easier to remove.
  5. Then, “pick up” the sea gull droppings by folding the cloth as you lift it. This should get any of the poop and lift it off of your vehicle without getting it into the car’s paint. If there is any remaining, gently pat it with another clean cloth to absorb any of the extra droppings.
  6. Rinse off the affected area with the hose. You may also want to wash your car to ensure that there is nothing left from the sea gulls.