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Picture of Insect Hotel

The concept of placing an insect hotel in your garden has become popular in recent times. These homes offer a sanctuary to insects, especially pollinators, and are perhaps a part solution in addressing the declining population of beneficial insects world wide due to climate change, habitat loss, pollution and the abuse of pesticides.
Insects provide many benefits to the ecosystem through pollination, nutrient cycle, and also as a food source for bats and birds. If you are a keen gardener or a nature enthusiast by heart, the chances are that you already have one of these set up around your home. The insect hotels that are available in gardening nurseries and hardware stores, in my opinion, are flimsy in appearance, held together with staples. I wouldn't expect these to be long lasting if exposed to the elements, so I set out to make my own.

Step 1: Targeting Your Guests

I was mainly interested in encouraging the blue banded bee ( an Australian native) to set up home mainly because of their beauty. Many a time I have been woken by these little fellas buzzing around in the garden just after the crack of dawn.
They won't nest in wood hollows, but prefer to burrow into earth banks to nest, so I planned to add a sand mixture to the box frame along with some wood to cater for those insects that do.