18 Oct '15, 3pm

Insect hotels

Insect or bug hotels are constructed from a variety of natural materials, each material shaped and sized to cater to the specific needs of a specific type of insect. Most insect hotels are constructed in several different sections, each section providing nesting facilities and offering shelter or refuge for a different type of insect. With some help for our little friends Insect hotels provide a much needed home to pollinators and pest controllers. Urbanization and a growing preference for tidy gardens, lawns and a lack of dead wood have decreased the habitat for the likes of wild bees, spiders and ladybugs. Insect hotels can harbor numerous beneficial insects as well as amphibians. Some may like a damp environment while others prefer to stay dry. Ladybugs like to hibernate during winter in piles of dry twigs and leaves, which you can provide for them in your insect hotel....

Full article: http://naturalhomes.org/permahome/insect-hotel.htm

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