Monthly Archive: August 2020

Pollination Powerhouse

What insect is responsible for pollinating MOST flowers and plants?

a.  butterflies

b.  bees

c.  beetles

The answer is A. Butterflies!

Attracting butterflies to your garden involves essentially two things: (1) planting the right flowers in the right place, and (2) refraining from the use of chemical insecticides. To attract more species of butterflies, you could add to the butterfly garden a mud puddle, a bowl of rotting fruit, and/or mammal manure. With or without these additional lures, however, many butterflies will be enticed to visit a garden that provides desirable nectar sources which are not poisoned with insecticides.

What Makes A Good Birdhouse?

  • Designed for the Species – The size of the nesting box, size of the entrance, height of the hole above the floor, and special features, such as, interior ladder, predator guard or nesting material is provided for the specific species.
  • Protection from Elements – A slanted roof and recessed floor will allow water to run off easily, keeping the nestbox and its inhabitants dry.
  • Ventilation – It is important to have ventilation holes at the top of the house to allow some cross-ventilation to keep the interior of the nesting box cool.
  • Drainage – To keep the nest dry and clean, drainage holes are needed, preferably in the corners away from the density of the nest. A dry nest keeps baby birds healthier and discourages the growth of bacteria.
  • Insulation – The bird house should be made of substantial material to insulate the babies from temperature changes … whether extreme heat or extreme cold.
  • Rough Interior – Fledglings need a rough surface inside the birdhouse so they can climb out when it is time to leave the nest.
  • No Perch – A good birdhouse has no perch because this simply allows predators easy access. Birds need no perches and can easily enter a birdhouse hole without it.
  • Easy to Clean – It is important that a birdhouse be cleaned out after every brood fledges. Nesting material should be swept out to keep bacteria or parasites from multiplying. In the fall, the nest box should be cleaned out after it is no longer occupied.
  • Easy to Mount – A birdhouse should mount easily and hang firmly so it does not move around, thus allowing the eggs to roll inside.
  • Durability – The best birdhouses are constructed to last. Being made of sturdy material, they will not deteriorate after many years of exposure to sun and rain. They should also be secured with nails and screws (not staples) and be designed to repel water.

The Best Bat House Construction

What is THE most effective way to combat mosquitoes?

a.  bug spray (deet)

b.  bug light/zapper

c.  bat house

The answer is C. A Bat House! A single brown bat can consume up to 1000 mosquitos an hour!

Bat house construction is one of the more rewarding ways to help wild life. When you build easy bat houses you are providing bats with a roosting habitat, you also benefit by having fewer yard and garden pest like mosquitoes and ants. It may seem like just a drop in the bucket but by building a bat house we can over come chemical pest control and create a cleaner healthier environment. Bat houses may be put up at any time of the year. They will more than likely be occupied in the first three to four weeks after they have been installed. Installing a bat house and exposing it to the rain and sun will darken the color even more increasing the chances of attracting bats to you bat house just that much better.

We offers the best products to enhance your backyard.  We offer items like window bird feeders, decorative birdfeeders, bluebird feeders, outdoor bird houses, lady bug houses and much more.  So if your looking to buy birdhouses online, you’ve come to the right place.  You can find a kit to build a bird house as well.  Also check out our bat house designs and learn how to build a bat house. We offer the best selection of unique birdfeeders if you are looking to purchase birdfeeders online.  You can even check out our beautiful lady bug houses.