About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Birds are a natural way to get rid of bugs in your yard

Did you see the recent news reports? The experts are saying our mild winter means a buggier summer. The solution: Get a wren house! Birds can help keep insect populations in your neighborhood at a stable, balanced level, benefiting both you and your neighbors.

The trick is to entice these birds to your property. The bird foods you provide in your yard throughout the year will encourage these songsters to visit. Native vegetation, a water source and a few different nesting houses also helps.

Chickadees and wrens are huge consumers of Insects and spiders. And if you provide a house the number of insects required to sustain a healthy brood of babies is multiplied by seven. That’s thousands of bugs a day for just one family.

Other common bug eating birds are the jays, woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, orioles and even the mighty mini hummingbird consume 100s to 1000s of insects a day.

Related articles:
- Can birds become dependent on bird feeders? http://goo.gl/GZYpke
- Do we stop feeding suet in the summer? http://bit.ly/GKWSRt
- Feeding Baby Birds http://bit.ly/GSHKwY
- Attracting Michigan Songbirds http://bit.ly/GKYw5q

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