Why The Bug House?
Beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and mason bees, provide important garden services. They play a big role in organic pest control and crop pollination. You can attract these beneficial insects to your garden by providing habitat for them in the form of bug houses. Bug houses can be purchased online (see left photo), or you can build your own with materials found around the house.
DIY Bug House
The picture below is an example of a bug house I built in 15 minutes using reclaimed scrap wood. I followed the basic plan found on BayNature.org. Using a variety of bit diameters, I drilled several holes into scrap wood and hung them from the garden fence. It was a simple, fast, and easy project. This type of bug house attracts solitary bees, such as mason and leafcutter bees.
Bees in the Bug House
Try a Bug House in your Garden
Give a bug house a try in your garden this Spring! We’d love to hear what insects call it home. If you’ve already tried a bug house, leave us a comment and tell us all about it!