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Some of you have seen the bird houses I built. Every year we get birds, but every year wasps make nests in the houses. Even if the birds have a nest, they run them off or kill them. I've experimented and have finally found a solution. I bought some thin Teflon sheets and put them on the underside of the roof, figuring that if their nest can't stick to the roof, they won't build. I have 5 bird houses and 4 had birds, no wasps. One I forgot to put it in had a BIG wasp nest. (Teflon spray did not work) The other big problem is hail, we've had it as big as baseballs and it can destroy a house with a direct hit.
RECENTLY BIRD HOUSE WAS MENTIONED, GOT ME TO THINKING. SEVERAL YEARS AGO, IN MY QUEST TO FIND PLACES & NAIL UP A BLUE BIRD NEST BOX, A COUPLE ASK ME IF I WOOD GIVE'M A NEST BOX TO SEND TO THEIR SON WHO WAS IN THE MILITARY. SAID HE'D ASK'M TO SEND'M anything THAT WOOD REMIND'M OF BACK HOME. I DID. FEW MONTHS LATER I ASK THE HUSBAND IF THE BIRD HOUSE MADE THE TRIP TO TEXAS? HE ANSWERED: WE SENT IT TO'M (FORGET PLACE) IN TEXAS. SHORT WHILE LATER HE TRANSFERRED TO VIRGINIA, BIRD HOUSE WENT RIGHT ALONG WITH'M. SHORT WHILE LATER TRANSFERRED TO DC, BIRD HOUSE WENT THERE TOO. HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MAN IN A FEW YEARS, WOOD LOV TO HEAR WHERE'N'ALL DID THAT BLUE BIRD NEST BOX TRAVEL TO, THAT WAS BUILT IN MY SHOP N ALMA, GA. & DID ANY BIRDS EVER SET FOOT IN IT? THANKS FOR SHARING A MEMORY BUCK NALL Cya
I've posted here saying that wasps had invaded my birdhouses and killed small birds. I also said that I had sprayed the inside with dry teflon, thinking the wasp nest would not stick. Today I removed one of my bird houses and found two nests, one made by a bird and one made by the wasps that chased the bird away. This time I installed some very thin Teflon sheeting to the upper parts of the house. I also had to restore much of the declarations, the sun had eaten them again. I have several more to go.
Just joined this afternoon and have been reading the Turning Forum. I do mostly woodturning although I also love to refinish antique furniture. Here is a mini birdhouse I turn and they sell great for Christmas ornaments. Last year I sold over 200 which I start turning in January for the next Christmas. Anyway they are 3 piece and can turn from 3 to 5 per hour. Bernie
First batch of ornaments for the year. Mostly maple, cherry, and walnut, there are a couple sycamore globes. There is one sea urchin ornament, that one has ebony finials. We spent a few days on Jacksonville beach with my wife's brother and his wife. Two of our best friends in the world. Picked some sea urchins and this ornament will go to them as a remembrance. Most of these are dyed "inside out". A couple local gift shops sell a few of these and those are the most popular. To me, it's hard beat just plain wood grain. Thanks for looking! Steve
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