Bluebird nest boxes should be placed in open areas like field edges on poles or fence posts 5┦ feet above the ground. This bird is found in only a limited area of east central Alaska and cannot be attracted in other areas. Swallow nest boxes should be placed in open areas including cities, field edges, open forests, lawns or gardens. Place the boxes 10┰ feet above the ground on posts, trees or beneath house eaves.
Clean the house seasonally or whenever a family of birds vacates the premises: Remove all nesting debris and rinse the house with a sanitizing solution of one part bleach and nine parts water. Rinse the house again with clear water, and allow it to air dry thoroughly before storing it for the winter or repositioning it for new tenants. Nesting birds face many different hazards, but there are easy ways to make any bird house design safer and more attractive to bird families. Building a bird house may seem like an easy project, but there is much more to an attractive, bird_friendly house than a wooden box with an entrance hole. Before you build a bird house, you need to understand what nesting birds need and how best to meet those needs with the house you construct.