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Water Wigglers - Protect Your Bird Bath from Mosquitoes

Updated on July 4, 2017
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You can love and support your backyard birds in many ways. And yes, when a cardinal visits, I do believe it is like a visit from Heaven!

Combat Mosquitos and Attract Birds

Bird baths are a great way to attract birds to your back yard. Birds love and of course, need water, in addition to enjoying a good bath now and then.

It is widely known that standing water in a bird bath can be a health hazard not only for the birds but humans as well.

Here is one device that improves both attracting the birds and keeping their bird bath healthy - the water wiggler.

Keeping your Bird Bath Safe, Clean, and Fresh

Every bird bath is going to require some small amount of maintenance. It is best if the water in your bath is changed on a daily basis or at least on a regular basis. With the West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne diseases always on our minds, solutions like this have become more popular with bird lovers who want to keep a supply of water, but do it in a safe and clean way.

The water wiggler is one simple device that is very easy to use that can solve these problems. It is a battery operated device that simply sets up a small vibration that ripples the water. It is a well known fact that mosquitoes breed in still or standing water which is what you have in a bird bath. So by adding a water wiggler, you are combating the mosquito breeding and giving your feathered friends the water they need right in your backyard.

Also offered are ceramic versions in a variety of colors. The ceramic is more durable, and can be chosen to match the color of the bird bath you are using it in.

Why does rippling water attract the birds? Simple, because they can see it better. If water is still, it creates a glare, especially in sunshine. If it is rippling or moving, it is noticeable and attractable.

CONNECTION THEORY: The same water ripple theory also applies to a diving pool. There is a small hose spitting water onto the targeted diving spot in the water to create ripples so the diver can "see" the water.

Additional Information on Water Wigglers - Pros and Cons

PRO - The water wiggler works in all seasons and in moderate winters, keeps ice from forming with the rippling motion of the water.

PRO - Many birds are attracted to the site of moving water (that's why many bird baths have a small fountain) so in some cases it can successfully attract more birds to your bird bath.

CON - One drawback is that in a small bird bath, the wiggler may take up the majority of the resting area available to the birds, so make sure that you get a wiggler sized to the bird bath you want to put it in.

What birds frequent your bird bath? - Be my guest!

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      3 years ago

      Hi,These results are aimazng, however I do not have the space to produce such fast developers. I have a Worm Factory which keeps me busy and a couple of large ice chests that I leave out under the walnut tree all year around. For some unknown reason they grow to be much larger than my inside family, even though they are neglected for the most part. However, they do not reproduce as fast as the pampered ones. I have been worm composting for about 10 yrs now and it has become just a normal routine for me. I love the results of the composting soil. Love to do little tests with and without the soil just to prove to myself how well it really does work. Thanks for the updates.Ruthp.s. We live in the north so we do get cold weather which surprises me that the outside worms continue to survive. I leave the water drain plug open for air circulation. They are about 6 yrs old now.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I really need to provide more water for the birds with which I share habitat. Here in the high desert, water is hard to come by. The streams have been dry for months. I think the birds, other than the ones getting enough moisture from the insects they eat, have to fly around looking for artesian springs. I will need a water wiggler and perhaps a heater for the winter months when everything stays frozen. Thanks for sharing these great options.

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      6 years ago

      I've only seen a few in the bird bath, but we have a great variety flying over, especially when my fruit trees are in fruit! The bats come too.

    • JoanieMRuppel54 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanie Ruppel 

      7 years ago from Keller, Texas

      @blanckj: Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      This is very interesting. I've never heard of these before. Thanks for sharing.


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