My brother has 3 bluebirds that may fledge tomorrow. The fourth fledged yesterday. There is a camera in the birdhouse and I’m seeing quite a few mosquitoes and tiny insects bothering the bluebirds. Maybe mites. Not much I can do now but does anyone have a solution beforehand for the next nest? I’ve read about diatomaceous earth but I think that’s for below the nest. Maybe a bug zapper light to draw them outside. That has to be awful for them.
Bill, I’ve heard about the diatomaceous earth and believe this is good to use for mites, ants, etc. It does need to used under the nest I believe. As far as mosquitoes, whatever is drawing them to the nest needs to be removed, such as water sitting, etc. Don’t know if they actually bite birds. Congrats on the new fledglings – my 3rd nest of 5 fledged yesterday and I’m sure happy to see that empty nest!
Congrats on your success. Yes, always good to get to an empty nest.
I just happened to notice the mosquitoes because of the camera but I wonder if it’s more of a problem for the bluebirds than we know. Mosquitoes are probably attracted by the carbon dioxide that the birds are breathing out. I read today that plants like basil, marigold and rosemary may repel mosquitoes. Might be worth putting those close to the birdhouse. Hopefully the bluebirds don’t mind the smell, lol.