How to make a beneficial insect hotel for your vegetable garden or garden

Yes, you read it right. An insect hotel; but not for them to spend their vacations but for take care of your orchard or garden. We are talking about a wooden space where wasps or bees mainly live (in addition to beetles, worms …) and that help with their pollination so that many of our crops succeed.

It is an auxiliary fauna, organisms that are also responsible for the biological control of certain pests that our garden may suffer (for example, ladybugs will kill the aphid of your rose bushes) or orchard; as well as maintain the health and fertility of that soil. But fear not. These species are not a risk for us, so if we see them close, it is best to leave them alone (they are often looking for something to eat) and not scare them with slaps or run away.

Build your own insect hotel

Although in DIY or garden stores you can find models that will fulfill the same function, it will be much more rewarding if you do it with your own hands. And it is that with only a couple of planks or pallets made of wood, in addition to pine cones, branches or reeds you can bring a perfect insect hotel to life. Y we show you how to do it step by step.

How to make a beneficial insect hotel for your vegetable garden or garden

In addition to those natural elements, don’t forget to have a drill, a couple of saws, carpenter’s glue, screws, paper to line your insect hotel and a several boards to make the support or its structure.

The first thing you will do is prepare these woods to form this shelter: a couple of boards for the sides, double to act as shelves, another two to give life to the roof of this eco-friendly hotel and another 5 smaller boards for be preparing the spaces of the “rooms” where your curious guests will live.

Shape these planks in such a way that you have created a kind of house with different compartments inside. And don’t forget to line the back with a sheet of plywood.

Where will we place it?

Realize the weight that this natural shelter will have, so install it in a place where it cannot fall and where it is sheltered direct sun, as well as wind and rain on colder days. If you want to protect the roof even more, you can put a zinc sheet over it.

In addition, it is very important that the hotel for insects is located near those plants or that orchard and not too far from a bush and water area for insects to feed.

Finally, you only have to decorate the interior with pieces of wood, pine cones, bamboo canes, straw, mud or even old tiles or bricks in whose holes they will take refuge to reproduce.