How to build a bug hotel

How to build a bug hotel

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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.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Choose the right position
2 Build the foundations
3 Start building
4 Add some texture
5 Use some pots
6 Give the bugs a nice, cosy spot
7 Weatherproof it
8 Don’t forget to give your hotel a name
  • Step 1. Choose the right position

    Pick a suitable area that is level and on firm ground

  • Step 2. Build the foundations

    Start by laying some bricks on the ground

    Top tip:

    • If you have vegetable beds keep your hotel away from them
  • Step 3. Start building

    Make a simple wooden structure and lay it on top of the bricks

  • Step 4. Add some texture

    Place some twigs or dry leaves around the base of your structure to mimic a natural forest floor

  • Step 5. Use some pots

    Add terracotta pots to give bugs somewhere nice to live

  • Step 6. Give the bugs a nice, cosy spot

    Start to fill the gaps making sure you have lots of different sized nooks, crannies, tunnels and beds

    Top tip:

    • 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
  • Step 7. Weatherproof it

    Add a roof to keep your hotel relatively dry. Use old roof tiles or roofing felt

  • Step 8. Don’t forget to give your hotel a name

    Add a sign to let the bugs know the hotel is open for business

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