Facebook (in general) can be a good source for information. The multiple groups that gather people with similar interests can be a great way to learn from others. Yesterday I found a great description of how to easily and effectively add snake netting (aka bird netting) to your martin housing to prevent snake predation.
Anyone that has been in martins long enough should know that a snake can EASILY climb up ANY pole. There is no pole a snake cant climb people. There are only a few reasons why you may not have had this happen to you yet. 1. You don’t have martins. 2. You didn’t see it happen, but it did. 3. It’s about ready to happen. So is it really worth the heartache? Nope.
Our thanks to Robert I. for the following:
I’ve had a lot of questions about my snake netting and custom supports, so here you go. Each tuft has a full 14 foot roll of netting in it used FULL width. The supports are both flat bar and angled aluminum stock with holes drilled in each to be able to zip tie the netting. Then zip tied at top and bottom to seal the tuft into the neat ball shape. An animal cannot stand on the supports. They are on edge and/or cut to bend down and give way at any extra weight. Just heavy enough to support the netting and nothing else. I do put swinging EZ off guards above them once birds are here. I cannot poke a finger fully in without it getting stuck anywhere in the tuft. Hope it helps someone. Overkill? Hell yes! I’m extremely OCD on things. Have to look and perform the way I want them too, no matter the cost or effort. I’m my own worst critic. Each one of these took a full 5 hours to create start to finish. There are 3 inch square, 2 inch square and round poles included in pics. The tufts are large and just dense enough. The brackets above them will later raise to support my swinging EZ off predator guards.
Our sincere thanks to Robert I. for allowing us to post these photos.