You know the saying for many years, probably from a well-known homemaker magazine’s monthly column:
My Problem and How I Solved It!
I have ordered and received Diatomaceous Earth. (It took me a while to learn how to pronouce it.) Here is info on this wonderful organic product that is going to help me combat the problem I’ve had in years past of the blowfly larvae attacking nestlings at night and thus causing anemia to those nestlings and potential death to them in the nestbox. I am anticipating no more nest switchouts with this product! I learned at the NABS conference last September 2009–thanks to Harry Schmeider and his presentation there–that if I use a few puffs of this organic powder inside a nest prior to nestlings hatching– that the larvae cannot survive and cause harm to the bluebird nestlings. What I like most about this product is it is NOT a pesticide and is an all-natural product. Here is a photo of what I have new in my trail tack box below. My plan is to insert CAREFULLY this powder just prior to hatchlings. One thing to watch on this is to make sure none of this powder gets into the nestlings eyes. I think this is the safest way to administer this very fine powder. I will still inspect the nestlings anyway during my trail checks to be sure they are developing normally.
Fascinating reading–read here first to learn more: http://www.ghorganics.com/DiatomaceousEarth.html
You can see how fine this powder is and the pistol I’ll be using to carefully administer the right amount at the bottom of a nest and in the middle inside the nesting material. The second and third broods, if I have those on my trail, are the nests where the blowflies lay their eggs in birds nests. I am really anticipating an easier way to deal with the problem for this season and forthcoming seasons. I still keep a few extra natural clean bluebird nests on hand for emergencies. I always try to be prepared on trail checks.