Gardeners hold insect workshop
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners held an Insect Hotel Workshop on Monday, June 12, at the Centreville Library. Attracting Native Pollinators and good bugs are the major focus for many gardeners.
Some of our smallest bees only fly a few hundred feet by providing nesting and foraging sites in the same habitat allow them to conserve energy and allow for more efficient use of resources by insects of any size. Providing overwintering sites for these pollinators and good bugs significantly increase nesting opportunities.
Here are some steps to insure pollinator populations benefit the most from your home landscape:
• Provide nesting and egg laying sites for a variety of pollinator species
• Clean and replace artificial nests regularly
• Don’t move native bees or previously used nest materials outside of their native ranges
• Leave some bare, unmulched ground.
• Hang nesting blocks in a protected location with light shade
• Make sure that nesting blocks or “insect hotels” are mounted firmly and do not shake or move in the wind
For more information on pollinators and other environmentally sound practices, visit extension.umd.edu or on Facebook at https://www. facebook.com/QueenAnnesCountyMasterGardeners
University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all people and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.
Class participants with their finished insect hotel.