Building a Bug Hotel

Insect hotels are easy to make, can be assembled from all manner of found, recycled, or up-cycled materials, and can provide a cute little home for insect friends for many years to come. The bug hotel is constructed from recycled materials that are environmentally friendly. The most common items needed for building a bug hotel are as follows:

These hotels are vital for all manner of wee beasties to find shelter year-round, and are particularly important for winter. Some bee, wasp, ladybug, butterfly, and moth species hibernate over the winter, and safe little homes where they can stay warm and dry until springtime are much appreciated. Each of these species has a different type of home requirement, so depending on which bibites your recipient would like to attract and keep in the garden; you can decide which materials and compartments (apartments?) to create in this amazing bug condo.

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The insect hotel should be located in an area that is exposed to sunlight but protected from bad weather.

The ideal location for an insect hotel is in full sun and protected from the weather. This will ensure that the heat required for the brood is present, and wind or rain will not destroy their nest.

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It’s all very well building a handsomely equipped bug hotel but for it to become the destination of choice, it has to be in prime position. Set your hotel up in a sheltered area of the garden or allotment away from the prevailing wind. Most insects prefer slightly damp conditions but solitary bees demand the sunniest aspect possible to help them get out and about on a cold day. Your hotel will become fully occupied quicker if it is located close to an existing insect hotspot: a hedge, bank of nectar-rich flowers or a pond, for example.

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The insect/bug hotels provide shelter for insects especially in winter and rainy season. It is easy to build and should be designed according to the needs of the insect target group. There are many designs for the insect bugs readily available for the construction of DIY bug hotels.