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They do have a railing but I think that is for strength since the metal is so thin I I guess the floor outside the nest could be used by hawks....In all the years we have had the houses in the air all 96 nest we have never seen hawks flying around the houses.....they do come to the yard and catch rodents and things on the ground like kittens...

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We get alot of Finches, Chickadees and Wrens. I made the holes 1-1/8 ". As for the perch, I've made about 5 or 6 houses using this size hole and with a perch. All the small birds actively use it. My biggest problem by far is the wasps that will occupy and actually kill these small birds. Next is the sun and hail damage. Hail as big as a tennis ball can wreck them.

I also have to make air vent holes/cracks or it would cook them inside. The openings can't be big enough to allow wasps in. When I open them in the fall to clean them out, I've found dead birds and big active wasp nests.

I did solve that problem with some very thin teflon sheets installed on the inside of the roof. However a friend suggested that I use cooking parchment paper because it is so slick. That is what I installed this time. We have a variety of bird of prey here too, Owls and hawks (from small to OMG) There are times when my wife gets the dog in for fear he may look like some big birds lunch.:Laughing:

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Ron the strangest thing we have had with wasp, we were in Las Vegas about 1996 and in one of the mauls, all the large casinos have their own large maul with very high class stores, and the only thing we ever bought in any of the stores were lanterns?? they were putting some things on special as we walked in and it so happened we had been looking for a bunch of coal oil lanterns to hang out at the go-cart track to experiment with citronella and coal oil and hopefully this mixture would burn and run off the mosquities and they had about 20 lanterns for like 3.95 so I bought all of them. Long story shorter, we used about ten of the lanterns with the mixture and yes and no for it might have run some insects off but not all …..anyway when we moved here the rest of the lanterns got here somehow so we hung them  under the covered decks only this time I didn't put any oil in them and they hung there for looks....so in the late fall when it is starting to get cold the wasp are looking for a place to go and they start filling up the lanterns and you can see the pile getting deeper and deeper inside the lanterns. They crawl in the little vent holes then can't find their way out? I guess. Or I think that is what happens. I could sure make lots of money if I could just find some one looking to buy dead wasp..

  I never did figure out why a high class store like that had those lanterns in the first place??? Wife said they were used in their decorations with nothing inside the tanks!!!

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34 minutes ago, FrederickH said:

Here's some photos of the birdhouse that I have around our house. There are mostly wrens that us them.... 5 out of 10 always have birds. I made them from some old treated lumber scrapes that I have and, as you can see, the squirrels don't like to chew on them much. The other photo is my old mailbox cover that I converted into a birdhouse. The front panel was white pine, with a wire mesh inside for the babies to crawl up and out. The squirrels love it. I've placed rat traps up on the fencing and have failed to catch even one.

 

Speaking of wasps, we have carpenter bees that will drill into my white pine boards that are stickered outside. I'll post a photo of the jar traps that I have for them later.

 

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That's a cool idea about the wire mesh. 

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"Speaking of wasps, we have carpenter bees that will drill into my white pine boards that are stickered outside. I'll post a photo of the jar traps that I have for them later."

 

I had those darn carpenter bees a lot in Ohio. They would ONLY eat unfinished boards. It it is painted, varnished, stained........they would not eat at it.

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I guess you're lucky.   around here the carpenter bees go up into almost any kind of wood no matter the finish.   They selected some of the trim around my garage that was covered in a near-black stain/varnish mixture and made nice perfect little round holes.   Some carb cleaner stopped that nonsense.

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Every spring I have carpenter bees chewing into the ends/bottoms of my white pine boards that are stickered in the backyard. They leave a 3/8" hole, that leads to horizontal burrow in the wood. I've cut some of these boards a year later and have found live bees.

My wife and I were having lunch at Potomac Grille in Harpers Ferry WV and I spotted these jars hanging from the outside rafters of the deck area. Upon inquiring what they were used for, the server said for the capture of carpenter bees. They(bees) see the hole, crawl in, and then into the glass jar, where they don't escape. On a good day, in the spring, the server said that they have to empty the jars at least once!

Is anyone one here familiar with such a trap? I've gone ahead and have made three of these to try out this idea? Here's a photo of my lumber storage area and one of the traps that I've made. Last year, I had moderate success at capturing the bees but I feel guilty about killing these beautiful insects.

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59 minutes ago, Cal said:

Frederick, is that a pressure treated piece of 4x4?  If it is, I am not sure they would be attracted to it.  I've never had them bore into pt lumber.

Yes, the idea is for them to think that the drilled hole is one that they made, and to crawl up into it, then down to the jar...... where they don't escape. Do you think that the treated wood is keeping them away?

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6 hours ago, Cal said:

Frederick, is that a pressure treated piece of 4x4?  If it is, I am not sure they would be attracted to it.  I've never had them bore into pt lumber.

Yes they will bore PT lumber. I have two fence posts PT 4 x 4 that they just love . I get out with a fly swat and get most . Plug holes with either cotton or a dowel after spraying with carpenter bee killer, yes that is the only thing I have found that works.

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