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Now is the perfect time to clean feeders

As the number of days when you can comfortably wear a T-shirt and shorts quickly diminish, it’s time to give those bird feeders a thorough fall cleaning.

Although you should clean your feeders consistently every month or more, fall is an ideal time to give the feeders a rigorous scrub. The reason is birds will beginning to frequent your feeders more often before they make their annual trip to warmer temperatures and it’ll definitely become more difficult to clean your feeder throughout the winter.

Why do I need to clean my feeder?

As I’ve discussed at length, it’s very important to clean your bird feeders. Sometimes bacteria like salmonella (which is always present in small amounts around wild birds) makes your beautiful backyard birds sick. Cleaning your feeder helps prevent the spread of disease.

How do I clean my bird feeder?

For beginners and many advanced bird lovers, cleaning feeders is always a chore that is either completely ignored or done in a haphazard manner. When you clean your feeder, you have to take it down with gloves, remove all the parts and give it a scrub. Letting all the parts soak in a special cleaning solution is also a good thing to do, especially for a big fall cleaning. You, of course, want to be careful about the type of soap you use. If you want more information on cleaning bird feeders, read this on how to clean your bird feeder.

If you’ve already clean your bird feeders, don’t forget your bird baths and nestboxes either.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

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