How To Attract Hummingbirds

Written by Clyde Dennis

Yes! You can attract hummingbirds to your home. Even if you live inrepparttar middle ofrepparttar 145368 city, and even if you've never had any luck getting them to come inrepparttar 145369 past.

Try one or more of these tips, and you should begin to see hummers around your yard soon.

Plant A Hummingbird Garden:

One good way to attract Hummingbirds is by planting a Hummingbird garden. In addition to providing them a natural diet, a hummer garden is an excellent way to attract birds to your nearby feeder since hummingbirds feed by sight on regularly followed routes. This is called traplining. Their inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new source of food.

Hummers, like most birds, have virtually no sense of smell,repparttar 145370 flowers that attract them tend to have little or no fragrance, apparently directing their resources instead toward high visibility and nectar production.

Some plants to consider that will attract Hummingbirds include:

- Azalea - Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) - Cape Honeysuckle - Manzanita - Mimosa - Red Buckeye - Coral Honeysuckle - Cypress Vine - Morning Glory - Trumpet Creeper - Bee Balm (Monarda) - Cardinal Flower - Columbine - Coral Bells - Four O'Clocks - Hummingbird Mint (Agastache) - Penstemon - Yucca - Fuchsia - Jewelweed - Petunia - Shrimp Plant

Note: none of these need to be red in color althoughrepparttar 145371 color red is attractive to hummingbirds.

If you’re in doubt as to whether any of these will flourish in your area check with your local nursery.

You should avoid using any pesticides at all in your Hummingbird garden. The insects that you would kill off serve as a good source of protein for hummingbirds, and can also sicken or killrepparttar 145372 birds if ingested.

Set up Hummingbird Feeders:

If you use a feeder and make your own nectar, a few words of caution.

Never use honey or artificial sweeteners. Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth. Artificial sweeteners have no food value. DO NOT use red food coloring in your solution, as this could be harmful to your hummers. Most feeders have red on them and that should be enough.

How To Prevent Cat Urine Odor Damage in Rental Property

Written by Nancy E. Wigal

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Feline owners who are renters can face challenges every time they move from one rental to another. Their cat may haverepparttar 145115 best cat litter box habits inrepparttar 145116 world, but ifrepparttar 145117 new apartment has cat urine damage fromrepparttar 145118 previous tenant,repparttar 145119 cycle could be repeated. If your kitty smellsrepparttar 145120 cat urine fromrepparttar 145121 previous pet, she may take this as permission to use that spot for her cat litter box needs.

There are things that you,repparttar 145122 feline owner and renter can do to prevent this. Not only do you help keep your cat honest in her litter box habits, but this also savesrepparttar 145123 rental residence from further damage.

When applying forrepparttar 145124 new rental property, askrepparttar 145125 property manager or landlord about previous tenants' pets. If she indicatesrepparttar 145126 apartment has sheltered cats, ask ifrepparttar 145127 departing resident properly cleanedrepparttar 145128 place to eliminate any cat urine odors. Ifrepparttar 145129 landlord says no, or isn't certain, ask if you can go intorepparttar 145130 apartment for a quick look.

If you gain access, userepparttar 145131 best piece of equipment you have: your nose. Stand still insiderepparttar 145132 door, and sniff carefully. If it smells cat urine-free, move throughrepparttar 145133 rest ofrepparttar 145134 apartment and repeat at intervals. If you smell anything remotely like cat urine odor, look around to see if you can findrepparttar 145135 source. If you can, great - letrepparttar 145136 landlord know. If you can't see it, but you do smell it, tellrepparttar 145137 property manager it needs further investigating before you move in.

Explain torepparttar 145138 rental manager what problems could be set in motion ifrepparttar 145139 cat urine odor is not completely removed. She needs to understand that this could be a perpetual cycle, but if she getsrepparttar 145140 cat urine odor out now, it prevents damage torepparttar 145141 apartment and savesrepparttar 145142 property management company money.

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