Look: Natural Insect Control!

Look: Natural Insect Control!

Adrienne Breaux
Aug 11, 2008

Mosquitoes and other flying insects can easily ruin time spent in your garden or backyard on hot, summer nights. In lieu of dousing yourself or your yard with chemicals, here's an all-natural and stylish way to keep those bugs from ruining any of your evenings outside. More information after the jump!

Purple Martin gourd nests not only look beautiful, they invite these desirable birds to spend time in your yard, eating up to 2000 insects per bird every day, especially mosquitoes and wasps. This chemical-free insect control option also comes with great bird songs.

In Austin, Purple Martin Propagators sells several versions of Purple Martin nests, from 12 gourd systems priced at $650 to huge Purple Martin compounds featuring 24 gourds for $1150. The Native Americans were the first to introduce the gourd nests to Purple Martins by carving out holes in dried-out gourds. For a more DIY approach to Purple Martin nests, check out this great online tutorial on how to create your own Purple Martin nests.

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