Set up Insect Hotel: The ideal location


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An insect hotel in the garden is a great thing. With the living space for buzzing and crawling garden visitors you not only make a contribution to nature conservation, but also lure diligent pollination helpers and all sorts of beneficials in your garden. So all sides - human, animal and nature - benefit from the hostel for insects. In order for the animals to accept their new homes but also good, you should consider a few things when setting up an insect hotel. Because earwigs, hoverflies and ladybirds do not feel comfortable in any garden corner. Depending on the type of insect hotel you should therefore choose the right location in your garden, so that the apartments do not end up empty.

What is an insect hotel for?

Set up protected insect hotel

A cottage in the countryside: An insect hotel should be protected and yet easily accessible

Contrary to popular belief, an insect hotel is rarely a wintering place. To protect themselves from the cold temperatures, ladybugs, flies and bees hide in hedges, trusses or sheds in winter. The narrow insect hotels are not airy and spacious enough to stay there all winter. In addition, for example, ladybirds overwinter in large groups of several hundred animals, which would find no place in an insect hotel. Instead, insect hotels serve to provide trouble-free nesting sites in a world of wall insulation and surface sealing. With a suitable insect hotel in the right location, you support the beneficial organisms, especially in reproduction.

Nesting aid for insects

In dry bamboo tubes, wild bees build their nesting paths

Insect hotel: The right location

For your insect hotel in the garden, choose the place that is as full as possible. Insects like to warm, and when exposed to sunlight, the natural materials heat up well. The warmth the animals need for their brood. In addition, a full sun prevents fungal attack and rot at the cottage. At the same time, the insect hotel should be protected from wind and rain. If possible, when setting up an insect hotel in the garden, also pay attention to the entry lane where the flying garden workers get to the lodge. This should run along the side facing away from the weather, so that a smooth approach is possible. Do not place the insect hotel in hiding, but in a visible position to attract the animals.

Room with breakfast, please!

planted insect hotel

Full board is offered in this planted insect hotel

Not only the weather plays a role in the colonization of an insect hotel, but also the food supply. Ideally located in the immediate vicinity of the site of the insect hotel enough food for the crawler, for example, fruit trees, ivy and clover for bees, lilac or elderberry for butterflies and hoverflies, columbine, wild mallow and meadow sage for bumblebees, etc. Since many insects Nistpflege operate, benefit from short distances from the forage to the nesting site. The immediate proximity to the most important food crops (about 300 meters) should therefore be included in setting up an insect hotel. In addition, many oviposition and brood-care insects need abundant water, sand and clay to line or seal their hiding places. When setting up an insect hotel, check whether these resources are present in your garden around the site, or put them in a shallow dish.
Tip: An insect hotel only works if it is made of the right material and meets the needs of the residents. Completed insect houses from the supermarket are unfortunately often unsuitable! What you need to look out for when building an insect hotel, we explain on our theme page insect hotels.

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