Erecting an Insect nest box or providing an Insect Habitat and feeding station can be a great way to encourage more wildlife to your garden. Attracting the right insects has several benefits:
They are low down in the animal food chain and having a plentiful number of insects means food for birds and mammals, which will also be attracted to your garden.
Some Insects, such as bees are great pollinators and will help your plants and orchards grow.
Insects, such as ladybirds and lacewings eat hundreds of the Gardener’s worst enemy – aphids and therefore, provide a natural source of pest control.
Butterflies are an attractive and welcome addition to any garden.
Insect box designs are available for ladybirds, lacewings, bees and other creatures. Typically consisting of a wooden box with hollow bamboo, or other materials to provide nooks and crannies for insects to rest and hibernate. They can be as simple as a rustic log with holes drilled in it.
Once you have decided on an insect box to suit the species you are aiming to attract, then the next decision is where to site the habitat. All nest boxes should generally be placed in sheltered, dry positions. Insect houses for pollinators need to be sited near nectar or pollen plants. Ladybird and lacewing houses can be positioned near the plants or vegetable affected with aphids or other pests.
Insect Nectar Feeders are also available and will help attract bees and butterflies to the garden. Other attractants methods include Solar Insect Theatres, which attract bees and moths at night.
Whilst many people look upon all insects as pests, they can provide an organic form of pest control and should be a welcome visitor to our gardens.