What should you know about insect hotels?

A multi-purpose shelter, sometimes referred to as a hotel or hostel for insects, is a small structure resembling a box or house, mainly made of wooden boards and natural fillings. It provides refuge for various species of insects and enables them to build nests. Insects will find a place in it to lay eggs, shelter from animals, rain, frost, or simply a place for overnight rest.


Which insects are insect hotels built for?

In the shelter, dragonflies, butterflies, beetles, wasps, lacewings, and other allies that help combat various pests will find refuge. It’s worth inviting ladybugs to your garden, as they feed on aphids that damage plants. Ladybugs like to hide among pine cones and dry leaves, while bees and wasps prefer reeds and drilled branches. Pollinating insects take care of the pollination levels not only of flowers but also of trees and vegetables.


When to set up an insect hotel?

You can set up the shelter in early spring as well as in autumn. Such a refuge can remain in the garden throughout the year, providing insects with effective protection against weather conditions such as heat, low temperatures, or rain.


Where to place an insect hotel?

The ideal location will be a dry, sunny, and sheltered spot. You can place the shelter on the ground or hang it on a fence or building wall. A wooden post can also be used for installation. When hanging the hotel on a house wall, choose a wall protected from the wind – on the south or southeast side of the building. A good place would also be inside a gazebo or a covered area near a porch or shed. The hotel can also be placed near flower beds, in an orchard, or close to a vegetable garden. Remember to provide the insects with peace and quiet, so choose a location away from the daily paths of household members.

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