Do it yourself… INSECT HOUSE
Build a bug hotel to attract beneficial insects and bees to control pests and pollinate plants in your garden
Having a bug abode in the garden increases the chances that beneficial insects will naturally visit. Landscaped gardens can be beautiful but they often lack enough of the natural habitats needed to attract insects and encourage biodiversity. Having a bug and bee condo in your backyard offers optimal bug real estate – a refuge for hibernation during the cold months and a dry place to nest when it’s wet.
Building your own insect hotel is a relatively simple, fun and educational DIY project you can do with children, using a variety of found natural materials. Reclaimed and repurposed materials such as old pallets, drainpipes, drilled logs, bamboo canes, cardboard tubes, egg cartons, pieces of concrete, broken tiles, pine cones, twigs, pieces of bark and rotting wood, hay, straw, dry leaves, hollow plant stems and broken plant pots are some of the materials that can be used.
Arrange these materials within your structure, packed tightly so they stay put, but with lots of available crevices and hidey-holes for the bugs. The structure you use could be a wire crate, like the one shown, or simply a wooden box, set on its side. Place the insect house in a shady area of the garden close to where you want the bugs next season.