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Purple Martins and mites
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Mike Taylor    Posted 06-15-2002 at 08:36:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nathan - Didn't know if you'd see this below. But the box was crawling alive with mites.

The Purple Martin association in PA said that nest replacement was the preferred way to control mites and other bad critters.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-15-2002 at 09:24:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well dang Mike! Didn't know you meant during the nesting season. Never heard of that. I guess we are lucky with the pests. Looks like a good site, I'll read the rest later. Dinner bell is ringing!

mike taylor    Posted 06-15-2002 at 13:18:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nathan - Yeah saw the pics of the goards. Heck of a deal! What happens when it storms??

I'm thinking about the possibility of cutting circles of thin sponges (1/2" thick) and gluing around the outside edge of the box holes. Poly glue aught to do it (waterproof). Then occasionally soaking the sponges with an insecticide. Might make them just slightly smaller than the holes so they rub them better as they go in the holes.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-15-2002 at 13:32:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mike, when it storms, the martins are like John Anderson used to sing about. "Justa Swanging" cept they aint on the front porch.

The sponges should work. I always thought the martins were curious birds, but after looking at the link you posted, I guess they aint so bad. I always believed the ol wives tale they spoke of with any bird.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-15-2002 at 09:17:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
OH yeah! Suppose to do that every year. Clean as a whistle. I guess the sevin is extra insurance. Maintaining martin houses requires a good bit of work. I'll check the link you provided.

Did you see the picture I posted for you?

DeadCarp    Posted 06-15-2002 at 11:53:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was wondering how you'd get access to clean those gourds - we have a similar setup for a flagpole/yardlite that would work pretty good - the part in the cement has a couple healthy steel straps welded to it, and there's a full-length separate pole bolted thru it to make a hinge mid-point. I use a length of cable around the base to keep it up. Then when i need to work on the top end, i tie a rope around the bottom and let the top down gently.

Mike Taylor    Posted 06-16-2002 at 09:37:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Deadcarp -

Did you read my earlier post about how I secured my Martin box pole? I cemented a 4x4 treated post in the ground with about 3' sticking above ground. I bolted the pipe to the post using 3/8" "U" bolts. But, one of the "U" bolts had one leg cut off so that it will swivel. So, I just take off one "U" bolt and swivel the pipe, house, and all to the left or right and lay the pipe on a saw horse. It gets the house down right at working level.

DeadCarp- missed that, Thanks    Posted 06-16-2002 at 21:30:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess i wuz frittering away or something. That sounds good too and saves welding and fussing with a rope. Whatever it takes to avoid leaning a ladder against a rotten pole. (Oh, you don't want to do that when your feathers are moulting! Almost as embarrassing as doing a backward flip on the riding mower :)

Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-15-2002 at 13:28:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
DeadCarp, Your drawing is what I have in mind to do this winter. The only way I get to mine is some acrobatic work standing on something in the loader bucket. The bucket itself wont go high enough. And it's real dangerous.

My uncle made several like your drawing. I just haven't got around to it so far.

BTW, You got a sack of roundto-its laying around? I need a handful of 'em!

DeadCarp - If Ida    Posted 06-16-2002 at 06:14:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry Nathan - years ago when i bet on the ponies alot, my missus heard enough of my failed strategies (If i'da this and if i'da that) & declared if we ever got one of our own, we should name it that. So i used to have roundto-its but fed them to my racehorse If Ida. LOL

DeadCarp - correction    Posted 06-15-2002 at 11:55:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
the pole itself has the welds - the post is bolted.

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