Learn how to build a DIY bug hotel with this simple woodworking tutorial. We talk a lot on this blog about pest control and cleaning and while I like to keep the bugs out of my house and my vegetable garden using natural methods, I know it’s important to protect our ecosystem. Pollinators like bees and butterflies are essential for the health of our planet. Create a safe haven for insects and bugs to hang out with this easy DIY bug hotel tutorial.
An insect hotel, also known as a bug hotel or insect house, is a man-made structure created to provide shelter for insects. Most consist of several different sections that provide insects with nesting facilities offering shelter or refuge for many types of insects.
I recently made a DIY Milk Jug Birdfeeder with my daughter. That is an easy project using a recycled milk jug. Today’s project is a little more involved since we will be busting out the power tools, but it’s not too hard I promise!
I am going to show you how to make your own insect hotel made from a 1x6x10 piece of pine wood from the hardware store.
What are the benefits of an insect hotel?
- Supplement the increasing loss of natural habitats.
- Encourage beneficial insects to help control pests.
- Stimulate biodiversity and ecological balance in the garden.
- Offer an opportunity for educating children about how balanced ecosystems work.
Materials needs for a diy bug hotel
- Wood a 1×6 10ft long pine board works great.
- Small wood screws or nails
- Craft wire
- Miter saw. I like this one. You need one that can cut 45 degree angles.
- Environmentally wood stain or paint. I like this one. You could also keep it natural and not use any finish.
Fill the bug house with: pine cones, small twigs, broken garden pots, small block of wood.