This Neudorff insect hotel looks at home in any garden and provides an ideal habitat for a wide range of beneficial insects, giving them a place to nest in the summer and a suitable winter habitat for the colder months.
Stand or hang it on a sunny patio, balcony or area of the garden, protected from wind and rain, near herbage, flowers, bushes or trees to ensure a good food supply. If hanging, use a good size nail or screw secured to a sturdy structure.
Each nesting room is ideal for different beneficial garden insects:
Ladybirds - The top and bottom rooms are ideal for them as they prefer nesting in dense materials and will use this as a hiding place at night. They are great at regulating unwanted pests such as greenfly and blackfly.
Mason bees - The room with the hollowed out wood provides ideal breeding tubes. They will shut themselves away in the winter and come out in the spring ready to help pollinate your plants.
Digger wasps - The two rooms with the smaller bamboo tubes are ideal for digger wasps who are extremely useful in the battle against greenfly, blackfly and leaf beetle larvae.
Wild bees - They also make use of the rooms with the smaller bamboo tubes as a suitable nesting space and can be out ready for pollinating in early spring or summer.
Butterflies - Species such as Brimstone, Peacock, Small tortoise-shell and Admiral use the middle room as a winter habitat and shelter during periods of bad weather ready for pollinating in spring/summer.
Green lacewing - The bottom room is perfect for them as they love loosely stacked natural materials to take shelter in. These lacewing feed on aphids, thrips and mealy bugs as well as honeydew and nectar from herbs.
W29cm x D10cm x H56cm