After having a buddy's father build us some gourd homes, I decided to give it a try. I'm looking for a way to keep harmful insects out of the garden as well as bring in some birds. Since Ive never done this, I'm not sure how to bring them in. We are surrounded within a few miles from the Amish and they have many birds. Currently we have 6 gourds on a telescoping pole, and looking at 6 more. I've located the houses 30-40' away from any trees on a 15' pole. If there's any tips or tricks let me know. I'm hoping to grow gourds this year and start making my own homes to get a decent sized colony. Thanks.