How to make a Bug Hotel for Winter

November 2, 2016

Making a bug hotel is a great little project for late Autumn in the garden. 

How to make a bug hotel

Sometimes you don’t need to go far to get your kids outside and learning about nature: you can do it in your own back garden.

Making a bug hotel will keep them busy for a while, and its good for your garden too.

What is a Bug Hotel?

A lot of insects that are beneficial to your garden, such as ladybirds and bees, hibernate through the Winter.

They like to crawl into warm and dry spaces in the Autumn and stay there until Spring.

You can easily create such a space in your own garden.

We’ve seen a lot of these at the National Trust properties, and it is a very ‘organic’ way of gardening. For example, Ladybirds can keep your Greenfly down without having to use pesticides.

These over-Winter-insect-hibernation-shelters sound a lot better to kids being called ‘Bug Hotels’ and can certainly get their imagination running.

What you need for your Bug Hotel

Old air brick
If you have any old air bricks in your garden – the type that have holes in – then these make a great base for your bug hotel.

You also need lots of hollow twigs. Chopped up bits of garden cane are ideal, but you’ll also need some smaller twigs to fill out the holes.

As well as garden cane, we found a variety of twigs from the garden, as well as some straw.

Air bricks in sheltered spot
Find a sheltered spot in your garden to place your brick.

If you don’t have any bricks then you could stuff a small section of pipe, or in fact anything that will hold some sticks together in a bundle that can be positioned somewhere dry.

Making the Bug Hotel

Filling the air brick
After you’ve got your kids to fetch the sticks, then comes the part of filling the holes. It’s as simple as that.

Make sure you pack out the holes so that the twigs are nice and snug.

Our finished bug hotel

Here’s one of our finished pair of 5-star luxury bug accommodation.

Finished Bug Hotel

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