DIY bug ho­tel

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - LYNDA'S PROJECT -

Build­ing a bug ho­tel is a fun fam­ily project and an on­go­ing source of fas­ci­na­tion for chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly preschool­ers, who seem to have no fear of creepy crawlies. To build a large bug ho­tel (my tallest tower is 2.5m high), use H4 treated tim­ber for the ex­ter­nal struc­ture and roof, so it doesn’t rot or get eaten by the ten­ants! Bolt the frame to a post con­creted into the ground. Col­lect a mix of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als with con­trast­ing di­am­e­ters, colours and tex­tures, such as ponga logs, flax stalks, small and large logs, strips of bark off fire­wood, bam­boo canes, bricks, ter­ra­cotta pots, river stones and raf­fia balls. You will need se­ca­teurs, lop­pers, a saw to cut ma­te­ri­als to an even length, and a drill to bore holes in the ends of logs. My bug ho­tel is 20cm deep. Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion: in­stall your bug ho­tel in a sunny, shel­tered, north-fac­ing cor­ner of the gar­den and let the squat­ters move in. All go­ing to plan, it’ll be fully oc­cu­pied by win­ter.

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