How to build a bug hotel
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Create some creature comforts in your garden by following the simple steps and giving your insect friends a habitat to hibernate in during the winter.
Choose a suitable area that is level and on firm ground
Start by laying some bricks on the ground
If you have vegetable beds keep your hotel away from them
Make a simple wooden structure and lay it on top of the bricks
Place some twigs or dry leaves around the base of your structure to mimic a natural forest floor
Add terracotta pots to give bugs somewhere nice to live
Start to fill the gaps making sure you have lots of different sized nooks, crannies, tunnels and beds
You can create different habitats for your favourite creatures. Dead wood and bark for beetles, centipedes, spiders and woodlice. Bamboo, drilled logs, holes, and small tubes for solitary bees
Add a roof to keep your hotel relatively dry. Use old roof tiles or roofing felt
Add a sign to let the bugs know the hotel is open for business