How To Build An Insect Hotel

 

In the countryside today, wild bees and other insects often struggle to find suitable habitats and nesting sites. Insect hotels are a good way to help them – and they can be made quickly.

Honeybees are often kept in hives by beekeepers, while wild bees and other pollinators and insects need different types of breeding and nesting sites. Many species dig their nests in the ground or build them in holes in deadwood, while others nest in abandoned snail shells or seek out hollow plant stems.

Insect hotels can give pollinators a place to live – in your yard at home, on a balcony, or in parks, forests, school gardens, or other green spaces. They are easy to build and offer species such as mason bees a place to nest and breed. Insect hotels can also house other insects such as wasps or green lacewings. They, too, are welcome guests, since they also form part of the ecosystem.

There is really no wrong time to put up an insect hotel. Different insects benefit from it, depending on the season.

What should you keep in mind?

To make your insect hotel as attractive as possible to bees, you should position it in a dry spot, facing south. This is because light and warmth are essential elements in the development of the next generation of wild bees. If the hotel faces north, it increases the likelihood of disease, possibly causing more larvae to die before hatching.