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Build Your Own Martin House

Purple martins are swallows that migrate from South America to North America each year to breed. Many people enjoy listening to their songs, watching their aerial acrobatics and seeing fledglings emerge from their nests. Although purple martins don’t eat mosquitoes, they eat large numbers of many other kinds of insects. For these reasons, many people build martin houses in the hope that the birds will build nests in them.

1 Site your martin house properly. Purple martins won’t nest in houses too near the ground or too near homes or tall trees. Martin houses should be a minimum of 40 feet (12 meters) from homes and trees and 20 feet (6 meters) high.

2 Design your martin house for several nesting pairs. It should have nesting compartments that are completely separated from one another, access holes for the birds, porches to perch on and a gabled roof. Some houses have multiple levels to accommodate more birds.

3 Cut the wood for the floor so it will extend past the exterior walls 3 inches (7.5 cm) on all sides. This creates the porches. You can also attach porches using 3-inch strips of wood.

4 Create several nesting compartments inside using partitions. Each space should be 6 inches (15 cm) tall, 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep.

5 Cut semicircular entrance holes. These should be 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter and 1-3/16 inches (3 cm) tall for each compartment. Set the bottom of the hole flush with the porch to discourage starlings and owls from using the martin house.

6 Drill small holes in the “attic” portion of the house to encourage air flow. Cut a thick piece of polystyrene or corrugated cardboard to fit inside the attic so the house won’t get too hot.

7 Build the roof. Make sure it extends past the exterior walls enough to help shield the access holes from rain and give the birds some shade.

8 Assemble the martin house. Keep in mind that you will want to occasionally disassemble it to clean out the nesting compartments. If you use a router to create slots in the partitions, the floors and in the exterior walls, you will be able to slide them together for a tight fit without permanently attaching them with screws or brads.

9 Paint the house white. Never paint or stain it dark colors, although you can paint the trim another light color if desired.

10 Mount the house on a metal pole that has been set in concrete. You may want to add a winch and pulley system that will allow you to raise and lower the house easily so you can check on nestlings or clean the compartments.

S & K Purple Martin House – 10 Family FH10

SKU: 033570112

Heath Purple Martin House Telescoping Pole MP 15

SKU: 050510058

How to Avoid a Basement Water Leakage

Hello, as Spring turns into Summer it is always important to think about proper home care, such as making sure all the rain from the Spring has not created a leak in your basement foundation, or if it has, stopping the leak before it can cause a costly situation.  Using these steps can help save you money and give you peace of mind that you should not suffer a costly repair bill.

 

1

Waterproof the walls internally. Internal waterproofing is a process in which the walls need to be removed and a process of waterproofing from the foundation, windows, and drain runs into a basement sump pump.

Wayne Submersible 1/3 HP Sump Pump RSP130

SKU: 025420011

2

Waterproof the walls externally. External waterproofing work is a major job because it requires removing the debris around the external wall foundation, all the way down to the foundation level.

Thompsons WaterSeal Clear Multi Surface Waterproofer Gallon Low VOC

SKU: 050540662

3

Insulate the external walls with the external waterproofing product in at least two layers in order to have the basement completely clean.

Spring Clean While Saving Space

Is your house over-cluttered with small items loosely sprawled everywhere?  Are you having trouble seeing the bottom of your junk drawer?  You don’t have to suffer with discord in your home when you could create a special organizational system that involves storing your items in small jars that can be housed underneath your cabinets.

 

1.  Locate an area in your home for your space saver set. Consider setting up your space saving jars in a laundry room or even the garage cabinets. You will be permanently adding this set to a cabinet so make sure you don’t damage expensive or new cabinetry.

  • Find a well-traveled area or an area that is easy to access.
  • Make sure the cabinets can support several mounted jars underneath. If the cabinets are damaged or have poor support, consider using a different cabinet.

2. Separate lids from each jar. You will be affixing the lids to the wooden block.

3.  Line wooden block with lids. Before you make it permanent, map out where each lid will go on the block. Make sure you have enough room to screw and unscrew each jar once the lids and system is put in place.  Trace each lid in the place so you can keep your map in place once you begin to glue the lids.

4. Glue lids onto block. Add several dollops of glue to the top of the lid and then hold in place on wooden block.  Allow several hours or overnight to dry. While the glue will most likely hold in place within minutes but you will want to wait in order to ensure the lids don’t come unglued.

5.  Mount wooden block underneath the cabinet. Slather wood or industrial strength glue on the back of the wooden block. Working quickly affix the wooden block underneath the cabinet and hold in place.

  • You may need to hold block in place for several minutes to ensure it remains in place.
  • Consider purchasing or picking up a few wooden blocks that measure the width between your cabinet bottom and the countertop. Slide those blocks in place to hold the glued block in place and provide a lengthy dry time.

6. Fill jars with items and screw in place. Once wooden block has completely dried, remove supports and use jar system as needed.

Items You Will Need

Ball, Pint (16 oz), Wide Mouth, Mason Canning Jars, 12-Pack 66000

SKU: 001280081

Gorilla Glue 4 Oz Bottle

SKU: 002440626

No More Buuuzzzzzz

Summer is just around the corner and won’t we love seeing that after the long, hard Winter we’ve had? But you know what that means….MOSQUITOES!!!!!

Don’t worry…Rural King has several items to keep your Summer pleasant and bug free.

 

bugzapper

 

 

The Stinger Bug Zapper

  • Electronic insect control without pesticides, tanks or bags
  • Proven effective against a wide range of insects
  • Works with NOsquito brand mosquito lures.
  • Safe, Clean, Economical
  • Attracting range up to 1 Acre
  • 3 year warranty though STINGER
  • Enironmentally friendly
  • FREE INSIDE NOsquito Lure
  • Lures mosquitoes into the zapping grid
  • Easy to use; snaps into place
  • Slow release; long lasting

mosquito coilsmosquito coil holder

Coghlan’s Mosquito Coils and Coil Holders

Quick working mosquito repellent. Each mosquito coil lasts 8 hours. Active ingredient: 0.25% d-cis trans allethrin. Contains: 10 coils, two metal stands. The easy, convenient way to burn Mosquito Coils. Glass fiber nets hold coil firmly and allows coil to burn totally.

mosquito lantern

Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Outdoor Lantern

The ThermaCELL® Outdoor Lantern (Camping Lantern) is an effective way to get rid of black fly and mosquito problems. These portable mosquito-repelling lanterns offer multiple features:

  • Protects against up to 98% of mosquitoes, black flies, and no-see-ums
  • Shields a 15 x 15-foot area
  • Safe to use: no open flames, hot wax, or DEET
  • U.S. EPA approved
  • Lasts 12 hours

 

  • mosquito repeller
  • ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent Dispenser

Stay mosquito free with ThermaCELL Olive Appliance. Lightweight, cordless and portable, ThermaCELL mosquito repellent is perfect for outdoor activities like camping, fishing, and hunting, which may be disrupted by the buzz of mosquitoes.

 

mosquita dunks

Summit Chemical Mosquito Dunks 6-pack

The only larvicide with Bti effective beyond a mosquito generation (approximately one to two weeks). Others make claims, but the Dunks are the real deal, safe for use in fish habitats and animal watering troughs, effective in controlling 100 square feet of water for at least thirty days.

Safe For Use In Fish Habitats. Place in containerized standing water wherever it accumulates near the household:

  • Flower Pots
  • Tree Holes
  • Bird Baths
  • Roof Gutters
  • Rain Barrels
  • Old Tires
  • Unused Swimming Pools
  • Animal Watering Troughs

 

mosquito sticks

Coghlan’s Mosquito Repellent Sticks

Mosquito repellent (D-Cis trans allethrin) molded on a stick that can be inserted upright into the ground. Each stick will burn approximately 3 – 4 hours. Weight: 6.3 oz (180 g) Five sticks per package.

mosquito spray

Repel Sportsman 29% Deet

Effective protection against biting and stinging insects for a wide range of outdoor activities. Has a longer duration of exposure. Unscented.

Repel Sportsmen Insect Repellent provides effective, long lasting protection It repels mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, biting flies, chiggers and fleas. The repellent is also nongreasy and resists perspiration.Type Spray 29% Deet

 

sting releif

Coghlan’s Sting-Eze Sting Relief

Instant relief from insect bites with a concentrated topical liquid. Soothes pain, checks itching and helps to eliminate swelling caused by the bite or sting of mosquitoes, bees, wasps, hornets, horseflies and other insects. Net contents: 1/2 fl. oz. (15 mL)

See these and many other farm and home pest deterrents at your local Rural King store or by visiting ruralking.com.

……………..~*Adorable Spring House Crafts*~……………..

  mason flower

 

Let me tell you how to make a beautiful decoration

Great for decorating anywhere!

You will only need 5 simple items:

  1. Mason Jars
  2. Spray paint (any color)
  3. Potting soil
  4. Flowers (seeds of your choice)
  5. Permanent marker (any color)

Directions:

Take any size mason jar and spray paint it any color you choose preferably out side. Let dry over night. Next day rise and shine!Take a permananet marker of your color and create designs or quotes on your Mason Jar. Be Creative!! You will then fill your Mason jar 3/4 of the way full with potting soil. Apply seeds as directed on the back of the package. You will then need to fill the rest of the jar with soil to cover the seeds about 2 inches. Water as directed on flower pack and watch your spring flowers grow!

Example of a design on Mason Jar

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