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Plastic Purple Martin Condo
"The Purple Martin feeds almost entirely on flying insects. A single Martin consumes from 2,000 to 12,000 mosquitos each day. They also eat flies. A colony of 24 Martin families could destroy nearly 2 million flies each month," says Ken Holyoake, manufacturer of a new-style plastic "condo" for Martins designed for easy mounting and yearly maintenance.
Martins return to the same nesting spot year after year so if their homes are maintained, their numbers will gradually increase over the years. Nests should be positioned at least 18 ft. above the ground.
New plastic "condo" contains nests for 12 Martin families. It's lightweight, which makes it easy to mount, and never needs painting or outside maintenance like most large Martin homes. It's designed to easily slip off the pole for cleaning as needed. The white exterior and interior makes it cooler in summer and helps discourage starlings and sparrows.
One 12-family condo sells for $79.95, or for $50 apiece when purchased in groups of four, which can be clustered together on one pole.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ken's Farms, Inc., P.O. Box 449, Alapaha, Georgia, 31622 (ph 912 532-6135 or 912 532-5395).

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