- Oct 26, 2010
Correct - the pole needs to be much longer for a Purple Martin House and the hole size has to be "just right" as Goldie Locks would say. I'm not sure about the hole size from the picture but it looks about right (can't tell for sure). Puple Martins are very picky about their home. Once you get it right though you'll have more than you can count. I recall on the submarine tender Simon Lake in Charleston SC, the Squadron Commander had Purple Martin houses put up all around the Weps Station Charleston. Don't know if they ever moved in there but they loved the "eductor holes" on the side of the tender. There seemed like there were hundreds of Purple Martins going in and out of the holes. I assume they made nests in just about every hole. Don't recall many mosquitos around the tender now that I think about it.No one moved in. I had a elderly neighbour pull in the driveway one day to chat and he made a subtle comment that he thought I would have better results if I put it on a longer pole. I took his suggestion and built a hinged flagpole (so I could raise it with the house mounted and bring it down for periodic maintenance).
A few days later the martins came by to check it out and move in.