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DIY: Insect B&B

Insectenhotel

 

I recently saw something really cool in my neighbour’s garden. A bed and breakfast, especially for minibeasts! She told me that insects aren’t scary or dirty at all. They are very nice, useful creatures, who can help you out in the garden. Bees pollinate the plants, ladybirds eat irritating aphids and butterflies create a wonderful summery scene.

These animals can shelter in an insect B&B in bad weather, lay their eggs there and even hibernate over the winter. Of course you can buy a nice B&B like this, but I thought that making my own would be even more fun!

Luckily, making your own insect B&B isn’t too tricky. It can be big or small and it can have a few cracks. The insects won’t mind that at all. The only thing is they don’t like paint or glue very much and prefer natural wood.

You will need:

  • A wooden crate
  • An electric drill
  • A saw
  • Wooden planks
  • Bark
  • Pinecones
  • Twigs
  • Egg box
  • Chicken wire
  • Straw

 

Divide the wooden crate into different sections using planks of wood. These will be the various rooms. Fill each area with a natural material. Drill some holes for the bees. Now just add a roof and your B&B is ready for its first visitors!

 

Lots of love and have a nice day, see you soon! Daphne
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