Many bug hotels are nest sites by insects including solitary bees and solitary wasps or other parasitic insects at different times of the year when they are migrating. These are essential especially if you don’t want bugs residing in your home without warning creating a health hazard.
Building an Insect Hotel for Winter Hibernation
An insect hotel improves a garden’s biodiversity and provides refuge for pollinators and pest controllers. Insects might not look like particularly significant visitors to your garden, but they’re vital to keeping the ecosystem working. If you want to help them get through the hard times or give them somewhere to breed, provide them with their own place to stay. With the cooler weather fast approaching now is the time to consider providing suitable hibernation habitat for beneficial insects that pollinate trees and vegetable crops, and control pests. After all, you will need them when the frantic planting season begins next Spring and what better way to start the season than having your own little colony of insects to help you on the way.
For the gardens that have a vast number of insect species living in them, one should consider building an elaborate bug hotel that can accommodate different types of bugs so that they don’t wander everywhere and into the house as well.
5 Star Bug Hotels
Most of us would agree that one thing that can spoil a beautiful summer day, are the bugs that go along with it. We as Canadians spend enormous amounts of money every year to keep those nasty insects away from us and our plants, but not all bugs are bad. Bugs play a monumental role in our gardens and perhaps we should be inviting them in instead of chasing them away. Insects serve many functions in the garden: They aerate the soil, pollinate blossoms, and control insect and plant pests; they also decompose dead materials, thereby reintroducing nutrients into the soil. Burrowing bugs such as ants and beetles dig tunnels that break up compacted soil and create channels for water, nutrients and air to travel to the roots of the plants. Bees and butterflies play a major role in pollinating fruit trees and flower blossoms. Gardeners love the lady bugs and spiders because they control the size of certain insect populations, such as aphids and caterpillars, which feed on new plant growth. Finally, all insects fertilize the soil with the nutrients from their droppings. So how do we encourage beneficial insects to come and stay in our garden. One recent trend is in the creation of bug hotels. Building structures out of different materials, such as wooden pallets, rocks, bricks, straw, tree branches etc. which gives the bugs a place to reside in or near your garden space. We will be building a bug hotel at the Champlain site this summer in order to encourage beneficial bugs to visit our garden and for educational purposes, so if you have any of the building materials listed above, that you would be willing to donate, please let us know and we will come and get it from you.