Building an Insect Hotel

by Robin Horton, originally published by Yardfarmers blog

Editor’s Note – Attract beneficial insects to your yardfarm by building them insect hotels.

This article + infographic were originally posted on FIX.com and written by Robin Horton.

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Attract Beneficial Insects and Bees With an Insect Hotel

At any given time, your garden might contain over 2,000 species of insects. Some of these are pests, the kind you don’t want in your garden because they destroy your flowers and vegetables. But many others are beneficial insects, the kind you want to attract because they work with you to control pests and pollinate flowers.

Insect Hotels Attract Beneficial Insects

Beneficial insects support biodiversity, the foundation for the world’s ecological balance. An insect hotel in your garden will attract these beneficial insects, offering them a space where they can propagate and hunker down for the winter. Encouraging biodiversity in the garden helps to increase ecosystem productivity.

Placing an insect hotel in the garden increases the chances that beneficial insects will naturally visit your garden. Also known as bug hotels, bug boxes, and bug houses, these human-made structures offer several benefits. In addition to their decorative qualities, they help supplement the increasing loss of natural habitats.

For more detailed information, please visit: Insect Hotels

About Pollinator Awareness Project

The Andover Pollinator Awareness Project was created to protect pollinators through education, habitat creation and reducing harmful pesticides.
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