I started thinking years ago about painting the porch ceiling a pretty blue. To be exact a Haint Blue color. I did a post in 2015 talking about and sharing some colors with a little bit of history behind the 'Haint' Blue Porch Ceilings' here.
In 2017 we finally painted this ceiling (among other things, thanks to Hurricane Matthew.) you can read about that here.
Today on same topic this ceiling I will update with a little over a year to think about the results. Is the color a deterrent when it comes to insects such as wasps and nest building birds?
We had for many years a family that came back every spring with their family and friends to build, poop and visit. I do miss them that's a fact. It was like watching Snow White with birds flying around. They would even escort us up the drive and meet us when we returned home.
Yes, I miss them, oh they've come back and tried to build in the corner where I had hung the white curtains. I placed a picture to make them move.
Yes, this is a snake picture
We can't get the screw into whatever this wood product they have on the porch
It still hangs the draperies and that is all I care about.
I took this today, the tape is dirty, but it is still working. The snake pic and the blue ceiling works. You see these are more than one generation of Chimney Sweeps and they love it here. I had to use drastic measures to keep them from nesting, although it hurt and still hurts my heart to make them nest elsewhere. I do not miss their mess. and they do indeed visit us on the porch in the spring time.
Other breeds of birds, however have not been back to build with the exception of a barn swallow and it was building not on the ledge under the roof but inside the white draperies where I had them tied back.
So I think I can say without a doubt that the ceiling color is a deterrent for bird nest building. That along with my snake picture for our loved birds keeps them from nesting.
No wasps nest have been built
The Haint' Blue Ceiling does indeed deter them!
One would think that would make me ecstatic! Well, it does and it doesn't. You see where there is a will there is a way with an aggravating creature. Oh, how they can adapt! I simply hate a wasp!
They have taken to building their nests behind the black shutters and underneath the porch floor! Coming in and out through the spaces building up a storm.
I get brave or did so in the summer and washed them out with the water hose weekly. Oh that was brave because they dive bomb me and I'm allergic! Still the Johnson temper has me bombing them and trying to move them. Oh goodness they never give up, but they do not build near the ceiling which is where they built yearly in droves!
Result wasps blue ceiling it works!
Look at the color of the sky and the ceiling color up against it!
I'm in awe every time I walk out onto the porch. It is pure beauty and up against the absolute beauty of God's sky even more so.
I need to wash the ceiling after two hurricanes came blowing by, it has some trash on it.
I know I will tackle that on another day.
Have to touch up a spot on the porch left discolored by the ferns
I want to hang one of those gorgeous swings
You know the wide ones with the large ropes!
I can't wait to sweep, clean and decorate for Christmas
That will have to wait. Today I am pre-cooking my collards and freezing them because this kitchen will be filled with other things to cook on Thanksgiving day. Those are easy enough to take out, thaw and heat to serve.
I've baked some sweet potatoes today and know that Chuck will want me to bake his favorite sweet potato pie. I have a souffle and sweet potato pudding in mind as well.
RESULTS OF THE HAINT' BLUE CEILING
As a matter of fact they all come in the back door and that stoop ceiling is still white!
YES IT IS
They do find a way around it as I said but not on or near the blue ceiling.
THAT IS OUT FOR DEBATE
WE'VE HAD SO MUCH RAIN HERE
THEY'VE GROWN BIG ENOUGH TO CARRY US AWAY
I WILL UPDATE ON THAT LATER.
YES IT WORKS
EXCEPTION NOTED IN POST ABOVE BUT IT STILL WORKS!
I'm off to clean and cook some more
Have a great week!