Bring on the bugs! I have a garden, peach tree, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries all in my little back yard. I chose not to use pesticides on my plants because I want my kids to be able to run barefoot and eat the food right off the bushes and plants without having to worry that they are harming their body. Pesticides are awful for our bodies and the environment so, I chose to use other ways to keep the “bad bugs” from eating our plants. One of those ways is to make or buy a Bug Hotel. The hotels house solitary bees, ladybugs, butterflies, spiders and more.
What are they good for?
Bees: Bees are by far the best natural pollinators and without them we would have far less fruits, veggies and flowers. They are a gardeners best friend.
Ladybugs: These “Good Luck” bugs eat tons of aphids, mites and other bugs out of the garden daily. Did you know that you can buy ladybugs by the box full at garden stores or here.
Butterflies: Not only are they pretty to watch but, butterflies are great pollinators too.
Spiders: Unwanted bugs in your garden, a spider web is the best! My boys and I love checking out the spiders in the garden daily and seeing what is caught in their webs.
DIY Bug Hotel:
You can build an Insect Hotel out of anything! Use salvaged or recycled materials to build the walls and roof of your hotel – old shelving planks, drinks bottles, pallets, pipes, you name it. Material that can be used inside the hotel- drilled wood, rotting logs, twigs, bamboo cane, straw/ dried grass. I build our bug hotel out of materials that I had around the house.
Materials: (for my bug hotel)
- Up cycled Wood- I used an old draw divider
- Wire Mesh
- Reeds of Grass
- Wood Glue
- Up cycled Wood Divider
- Staple Gun
Step 1: Glue in the wooden divider about half way down the wooden box.
Step 2: cut the reeds of grass into 2 inch strips.
Step 3: Stand all of the reeds up in one half of the box until they fit snugly.
Step 4: Add the pine cones to the other side of the box. Now cut and add the wire to fit over the opening and staple the wire down.
Again, this project did not cost me anything because I had the materials. It also took about an hour to complete. Most of that time was spent on the wood glue drying. If you do not have these materials or the time to make an Insect Hotel, I have compiled a few options that you can purchase them as well.
Buying Bug Hotels:
- This is a cute bug hotel and also adds a little pop of color to the garden.
- This hotel is a great option if you would like something larger.
- If you are looking for something with the beauty of all natural wood. This is a great option. Bonus: it also comes with a stake to hang the hotel.
Here is an option for a bat box as well.
Bats habitats are dwindling because of urban areas, tree removal, and pesticide use. However, bats are great for the garden because they pollinate and eat bugs!
“One little brown bat can eat 60 medium-sized moths or over 1000 mosquito-sized insects in one night!”- NWF.org
I would love to hear about any garden project that of you have going on? How do you keep the pests out of your garden?
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