Posted by Bird House Guy | Posted in Bird Preservation, Organic insect control | Posted on 17-03-2009

In this day of wanting natural insect control, we need to think about taking care of our natural insect controllers.
Whether birds, bats, owls, or other animals, when providing them an artificial lodging place or cavity, what we provide them in that cavity may make a difference.
I was on YouTube last night and a gentleman was showing what I thought was a great idea for stuffing the inside of your bird house or bat vivarium: CEDAR CHIPS!!!!

Filling the bottom of the new birdhouse with a layer of fresh cedar sawdust or sanitary cotton or wool helps make the house more attractive to potential tenants. Just make sure that the level of the nest won’t come too close to the entrance hole or predators could too easily reach it, or the young fall right out.

Remember that as a responsible landlord it is YOUR responsibility to clean out the birdhouse at least once a year, so wherever you place it make sure it won’t be too much of a chore. In fact, the easier the better.

The reason for the cedar chips is that it will repel the bugs from the birds, bats or other cavity dweller as they burrow down into the bottom of the nest, or it will repel them away period. This will allow less competition against the cavity dweller and causes less bodily damage to the animal.

Not to mention those nasty little FLEAS!!!! Cedar deters fleas that can hide in the birds and bats and cause them some big problems latter on – and may cause YOU, your family and domestic pets problems latter also.

Cedar shavings, mixed with other nesting materials, allows the bird to fly freely and eat the bugs and mosquitos that could be harmful to your yard, garden and family.

Something to think about when setting up an artificial cavity or nesting box. Cedar chips are not very expensive and can be bought at your local Wal-mart, Lowes or if you know of an organic outpost who sells this type of product is even better.

The Birdhouse Guy!

The Birdhouse Guy!

Click here for more info on artificial cavities and vivariums.: http://www.wildlife-houses.com/index.php?cPath=1&osCsid=d8d0cb365afdf6c0acc52855f550927a

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Posted by Birdhouse Guy | Posted in Bird Preservation, birdhouses, pollination, wildlife | Posted on 12-03-2009

A survey was conducted and found that very few Americans really understand the pollination process between flora and fauna.
The reason is, that we relate pollen to allergies, itchy eyes and sneezing. We don’t realize that for one out of every three bites we eat, we need to thank a bat, bee, bird or other pollinator.
Bats perform a vital ecological role by pollinating flowers, and also serve an important role in seed dispersal.
Many tropical plants are entirely dependent on bats, birds and bees.
Food producers and consumers, scientists and educators, beekeepers and wildlife enthusiasts who are concerned that a basic fact of life — our dependence on the functional relationships between plants and pollinators — is being ignored.
We can help do away with the willing, or unwilling ignorance, concerning these little creatures.

Pollination is not a free service. We must do our part to conserve all pollinators if we want to live in a natural, pesticide free environment.

Bats, birds, owls and other creatures are Cavity and Cave dwellers by nature. One way we can help this shortage is to provide artificial cavities known as nesting boxes. They will help boost the population of these natural insect controllers and pollinators and provide our lands and neighborhoods an alternative solution to man made chemicals which harm our environment.

Few people realize that the U.S. now applies twice the amount of pesticides it used in 1962. In Canada during the mid-1970s, aerial spraying of coniferous forest pests reduced native bee populations to the point that blueberry yields fell below the norm for four years.

A large number of insecticides used in agriculture are toxic to pollinating insects and wildlife that are premiere carries of pollination.
Interactions between plants and their pollinators are essential to healthy functioning of wild and agricultural communities.

Instead of being part of the problem, we can be a part of the solution.

For more information how you can help: www.wildlife-houses.com

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