Sunday, March 8, 2015
I read that you are supposed to clean out bird houses in the winter. I started to do it around Thanksgiving and then saw a bird flying in to one of our houses.
We have a whole row of them.
This one was easy to do. It was built by a friend of mine from the library. He made a little Plexiglas window so you can monitor the birds and slide it down to clean out the old nesting material.
I think they need to be cleaned to keep mites and spiders from living in there. We did find some spiders and I wore gloves to keep from having problems with the mites. Then the wind picked up and blew bits into my face. I did not have a face glove and figure I must have eaten a few of any mites inhabiting the nests. yuck.
We also found some unhatched eggs, so those were good to get out, too.
Some of the bird houses did not have a back door to clean them out. We used a screwdriver and needle nose pliers to grab and push the debris out of the houses.
So now they are clean (mostly) and ready for the new inhabitants come spring.
And I am so ready for spring.