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BestNest.com Newsletter
April 25, 2006

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard wildlife and outdoor activities as well as information on new products and specials. We will never sell your email address, and you can stop receiving our email newsletter at any time.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Hot Buys
  • New at the Nest
  • Correcting Common Hummingbird Problems
Hot Buys
We've decided to run a special on a handful of products. Act now on the following "Hot Buys" because the special ends on Monday, May 8th.


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Akro-Mils Flower Bird Bath, Black Granite
AKM-93628B
Reg: $59.95
Sale: $46.99



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Aspects HummZinger Fancy, 12 oz.
ASP-381
Reg: $27.99
Sale: $19.99



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Dura-Trel Camelot Trellis, 64"
DUR-11140
Reg: $62.95
Sale: $44.99



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Gardman Cauldron Planter with Coco Liner, 16"
GAR-R931
Reg: $29.99
Sale: $22.99



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Nature's Best Hummingbird Feeder, 32 oz
NB-32HBF
Reg: $19.95
Sale: $13.99



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Trio Purple Martin Castle Safety System w/ Pole
NH-PMC-24
Reg: $327.99
Sale: $309.99



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Parasol Pillar Garden Torch, Blue
PAR-GTPILB
Reg: $39.99
Sale: $32.99




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Solar Chameleon Fiber Optic Gazing Ball
STI-6104
Reg: $54.99
Sale: $49.99



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Magic Mist Single Fogger with Multi LED & Remote
STI-M-021XLR
Reg: $48.99
Sale: $34.99


New at the Nest
Our customers are valuable to us. We continually search for new and better ways to serve our customers. In an effort to better meet your needs as a customer, BestNest aggressively adds new products to the website. Some of the new and exciting products that we've added are shown below. Be sure to check out our New Items department regularly.



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Wing & A Prayer Azalea Bird Feeder, Verdigris Roof
AWP-AZLFDR-V
Now: $194.95




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Wing & A Prayer Classic Bluebird House, Verdigris Roof
AWP-CLSBB-V
Now: $88.95




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BestNest's Premium Pond Kit, 10'W x 15'L x 4'D, 4500 gallon
BN-PND-KIT-4500
Reg: $1,473.64
Now: $1,449.00




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Cal Pump Weather Resistant EggLite Transformer, 60 Watt
CAP-LTR-60W
Reg: $19.99
Now: $17.99




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C&S Pecan Delight Suet Cake, 11.75 oz
CSP-CS12555-1
Now: $1.99




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C&S Ultra Blend Bird Seed w/ Nuggets, 4 lb
CSP-CS155-1
Now: $6.49




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C&S Nut'n Sweet Corn Squirrelog, 32 oz, Pack of 2
CSP-CS611-2
Now: $5.99




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Little Giant Watermark Solids Handling Pump, K5000, 5250 gph
LIG-14940127
Now: $264.95





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Little Giant Rain Sentry Pool Cover Pump, 500-APCP, 470 gph
LIG-519575
Now: $104.95




Correcting Common Hummingbird Feeder Problems
People have been fascinated by hummingbirds for centuries. It is no wonder that these tiny flying jewels are some of the most desired and watched birds today. Chances are good that you or someone you know has a hummingbird feeder. Some hummingbirders, especially those new to the pastime, are likely to have questions about solving some common problems. Pests, rapid nectar spoilage, and dripping feeders are common with beginning hummingbird enthusiasts.

In addition to hummingbirds, bees, ants, and wasps are attracted to the nectar in hummingbird feeders. All is not lost, however, as these problems can usually be corrected easily. Ants, although tenacious, are the easiest pest to prevent from swarming your feeders. Hang your feeder from an ant moat or spindle to completely control an ant problem. Some ant moats are filled with water and force the insects to cross before reaching the feeder cord. Ants are not swimmers and will not cross the moat to reach the feeder. These moats require frequent filling, though, which some of us are not prepared to do on a daily basis. A great alternative is filling the moat or spindle with Vaseline, petroleum jelly, or grease. Any of these may easily be re-activated by stirring with a toothpick and will likely last a good portion of the feeding season.

Bees, wasps, and other flying insects are a little more difficult to control as they are airborne, like hummingbirds. The best method of controlling flying insects is through prevention. Be sure to clean the outside of your feeders thoroughly as any residual nectar there is irresistible to bees and wasps. Also, avoid placing your feeders in full sun. Bees and wasps are much more likely to swarm a feeder in the sun. If you are aware that you a have a bee or wasp problem, avoid purchasing feeders with yellow on them or paint the yellow portions of the feeder with red nail polish. The last resort for controlling these insects should be “painting” Vaseline, petroleum jelly, or oil around the nectar ports, taking care not to drip any into the nectar solution. This will make it difficult for the insects to land.

One of the most harmful problems, especially to our beloved hummers, is rapid nectar spoilage. Spoiled nectar can easily prevent hummingbirds from visiting your feeders in the future and can be harmful to the birds if they do sample it. Nectar will typically go bad within a week in most areas and within four days in very hot areas. In some cases, however, nectar will spoil even more quickly. By following some simple guidelines, you can maximize the nectar you serve. Keep the feeder out of full, direct sun and be sure to refrigerate the nectar supply while not in the feeder. Refrigerated nectar will last about two weeks. One of the best ways to reduce spoiling is by making your own nectar with boiling water. Mix 1 cup of sugar in 4 cups of boiling water. Not only will the boiling water make mixing the sugar easier, but it will also kill spores or bacteria that contribute to spoilage.

Some hummingbird feeders naturally drip. Blown glass or globe style hummingbird feeders will generally drip to some extent, so if you have a bee problem or do not like the dripping, convert to a bottle or saucer style feeder as these styles will not typically leak. There are some measures to reduce the dripping of a blown glass or globe style feeder. Always fill your feeder completely; these feeders work by vacuum principle. Leave as little or no air trapped inside the feeder with each filling. Avoid placing the feeder in the direct sunlight. The warming of the nectar will increase the dripping.

BestNest carries a full line of hummingbird feeders in a variety of styles as well as ant moats, spindles, and deterrents. Visit Hummingbird Feeders to view all our exciting hummingbird related items. For more personal assistance, call our customer service line toll free at 877-562-1818 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.


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BirdBrain Precious Hummingbird Feeder, Purple
BIR-12254
Reg: $37.99
Now: $34.99



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Anti-Ant Detourant
DET-AA
Now: $9.95




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Opus Garden Ballet Hummingbird Feeder Mobile, 30 oz
OP-26004
Reg: $39.99
Now: $27.99




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Opus Clear Instant Hummingbird & Oriole Nectar, 24 oz
OP-448
Now: $5.79




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Opus Looking Glass Hummingbird Feeder, 32 oz
OP-8110
Reg: $24.99
Now: $19.99



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Opus Wild Bird and Hummingbird Feeder Gift Set
OP-8457
Reg: $44.95
Sale: $29.99



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Parasol Mini-Blossom Chandelier, Aquamarine, 12 oz.
PAR-CHAQ
Reg: $64.99
Now: $57.99



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Schrodt Anti-Ant Spindle
SCH-AA
Now: $7.95



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Paradise Etched Hummingbird Lantern Feeder, Red, 12 oz
SCH-HBL-HPR
Reg: $39.95
Now: $36.95




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