Do Bug Hotels Really Work?
Where would you find a community of creatures who are naturally opposed to one another, living as neibours? You wouldn’t. It would be wholly unnatural for one inhabitant at least. So why do we think it’s okay to build a habitat to encourage such a thing?
They are called hotels but I can’t imagin it being much of a holiday for the ladybird that takes up residence next to a spider. Perhaps they would be better described as spider huts, because, to be honest I’m not having much luck attracting anything but our hairy eight legged friends. Creeping about between the leaves, bricks, twigs and carefully positioned pallets. Which is still a good thing I know. I was just hoping for more because that’s what we’re told to expect by the internet experts.
Perhaps it would be better to focus on learning about and nurturing a natural habitat to attract the aphid chomping ladybird, or the Green Lacewing to tuck into the annual swarms of blackfly.
The most important thing about Bug Hotels
The one good thing about the generic multistory Bug Hotel that I can think of, is that bug hotels create an activity and discussion for adults and children. A place to learn more about their garden and the wildlife that interacts with it. After building and maturing it becomes a point of focus for observations, they will also attract birds as an extension of the foodchain, a fat juicy spider or two would go down a treat I’m sure.
A Natural Design
Bug hotels do have their place in modern gardening. They may be a small atonement for our abuse of land in pursuit of wealth, resources and habitation. The water features, and wildlife ponds, the bug hotels, bird feeders and bird baths all provide an order to our natural design. The karmic list that says we’re giving something back, and quite rightly so.
Here’s a link to my version of the how to make your own Bug Hotel offering. Or you could just leave a big pile of leaves at the back of the garden. There’s more to be said on this subject, especially on the commercialisation of wildlife. So, if your browser allows, do leave comments and thoughts on the matter.
Are the Poundland bug hotels a con?
Or are they worth it at least for the conversation and time in the garden with the children, bug hunting? They probably don’t work for anything other than spiders, but I’d be happy to the kids to put one in the garden by our compost heap.
Keep it Green