Insects undertake many jobs in our gardens. For example, they pollinate plants and act as a natural pest controller. With this insect hotel you can offer several species at the same time the opportunity to nest and hibernate. The habitats of many species of insects are threatened by changes to their environment and this is a way of helping to protect them. The red compartment at the bottom allows protection and housing to Green lacewings, ladybirds and earwigs. They are all real pest controllers and eat aphids and spider mites. The red colour of the door will attract a variety of insects especially Green lacewings. Fill the compartment behind with fine wheat straw to give these animals a place to hibernate from the middle of September until the beginning of April.
Bees look for shelter in hollow sticks. The holes in the block of wood will be used as a nesting space by many different species. Each prefers a different diameter. Masonry bees for example, will choose the holes with a diameter of 3 to 7mm, while Hylaeus will occupy the ones with a diameter of 2 to 4mm. Wild bees seal their tubes with loam.
There are several things to consider when choosing a location for the insect hotel. Choose a sunny location with protection from wind and rain. Warmth is important for the offspring. Attach the insect hotel to a height of 1.5 to 2m, facing south. Make sure the entrances on the front side can be easily seen by the insects. Herbs, blossoming flowers, shrubs and trees nearby will ensure a fully booked hotel. They will provide the food for the insects. Loam, sand and water should also be nearby.
Made from pinewood.