There are some options for keeping the water fresh and clean.
is no choice involved whether to clean it, or not to clean it.
Like bird feeders, once a person decides to take up the activity, keeping things clean is a must!
The reasons are obvious and simple. Water baths
are regularly contaminated with bird droppings, feathers, algae, dust
and dirt blown in from around the yard.
Dirty bath water and bird
feeders cause wild birds to contract disease, leading to sickness or even death.
As well bird baths left standing too long with stagnant water could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying West Nile disease and other sickness.
Clean Bird Baths often & well to keep it safe for birds.
Methods For Cleaning Bird Baths:
Mix a solution
of white vinegar (1 part) and water (4 parts). After rinsing the bath
out, pour the white vinegar and water solution in the bath and let it
soak for 15 minutes.
Buy a water bath cleaning product. There are
products that contain natural enzymes, are safe for the
environment and as I mentioned earlier safe for birds to drink.
A weak bleach and water solution can be used.
With your choice of cleaner use a brush to scrub out the water reservoir well.
Always rinse thoroughly.
Cleaning Brushes Are Necessary
How To Keep Your Bird Bath Fresh Longer
are some excellent products available that can be added to clean bath
water to keep it fresher longer. They are again natural enzymes
that are environmentally friendly and can keep a bath fresh, some users
suggest, up to a month!
There are products on the market called wigglers, which can be inserted into the water bath
to keep the surface of the water agitated enough to prevent mosquitoes
from laying eggs. Drippers and misters may also serve this purpose.
Adding a half to a whole teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, the amount depending on how big the bird bath is, will also help keep it free from algae growth longer.
However, any method used to keep the water in the bath fit for birds to drink, does not replace the need to clean the water bath regularly.