Build a house for bluebirds and they will help control the insects that attack your garden. They will feast on worms, beetles, moths and crickets. Bluebirds are in every state from east to west and there are even mountain bluebirds which are a little bigger.
You will want to install your birdhouse where the birds can find plenty to eat. Close to areas of mowed grass is good because the short grass will make it easier to hunt the insects when they are not busy in the garden. They do supplement their diet with berries so planting some native berry bushes would make it more likely they would stay. If you like to garden and don’t use pesticides put up a couple of boxes and you should have some pretty good pest control going on.
To build a bluebird box you can get instructions and a tutorial from Joybilee Farm for making the box out of a single 1x6x4 board. Looks easy enough but if you are not handy or just don’t want to build a couple of bluebird boxes you can always buy Bluebird Boxes and just put them up and watch the bluebirds move in this spring.
While the birds are dealing with the pest you will have the opportunity of watch a beautiful bird flying around you yard and garden and watching the young birds grow. Bluebirds really are a pretty bird.
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