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Purple Martins


Gary:  Today on your Lawn and Garden we're talking about those things that fly in the sky, purple martins.  They are about to approach Acadiana again, but John they need some housing.

John:  Yeah, I know it's still cold right now but that's when they send the scouts.  The scouts come in and chck where the houses are so you want to have them up in January.  Their girlfriends come in in February.  They tell them where the houses are so they come in and they fill them up.  They're just a beautiful bird to have the noise that they make is really very cheerful, especially in the spring in the morning.

And then at the same time they help you with mosquitos. They can kill up to two thousand a day.

GARY: Oh, my goodness.

John: Yeah! That's basically what they eat so they don't need any seed or anything like that.  They're not seedeaters, mostly insect eaters, so it' a good bird to have around.  I'll tell you that.  Usually they come back every year, the same ones that have been hatched over here.

GARY: So it's good to have them around because, as you said, they eat mosquitos and that's a really good thing.

JOHN: That's for sure.


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