Establishing Martin birdhouses and being a Martin
landlord is fun, but does require some responsibility. Everything works lasts longer
and works better with simple maintenance - your Purple Martin birdhouses
are no exception.
Before each Martin season, clean out any old nests from
your birdhouses. Also, disinfect martin house cavities by scrubbing or spraying with a weak bleach solution.
Plugging the entry holes to your birdhouses helps to keep out unwanted
birds until the Martin nesting season begins. During the season,
conduct regular inspections of the houses – lower your bird house and keep notes on
the Martin activity you see. You should keep your bird house up through August.
If you are in an area subject to severe winter weather, it may be best to remove
Martin birdhouses from their poles. If you do not take your houses
down, plug the entry holes to keep late season birds from entering. This is also a good time to clean
everything up so you are ready for the next Martin season.