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Bees & Bug Hotels

Embrace the wonders of nature by inviting exquisite pollinators and other beneficial insects into your garden with our wide range of attractive bug hotels!

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Nooks & Crannies Large Insect House
Nooks & Crannies Insect House
Nooks & Crannies Insect Block
Nooks & Crannies Insect Loft
Nooks & Crannies Insect Cabin
Solitary Bee Barn
Wicken Fen Natural Bee Log National Trust
Minibugs Bobby's Bug Box
Ladybird & Insect Lodge
Ladybird & Insect Tower
Bee Nester Tin
Special Price £10.45 Was £11.95
Insect Wedge Wooden
Special Price £11.45 Was £12.95
Field Guide - Bees
Ceramic Bumblebee Nester
Eco Bee Nester
Special Price £15.95 Was £19.95
Butterfly Barn With Butterfly Food
Special Price £16.95 Was £19.95

Our insect houses are designed to offer sanctuary and nesting sites to an array of valuable insects (especially those who are endangered) and encourage a thriving ecosystem right at your doorstep.

What is a bug hotel?

A bug hotel, also known as an insect hotel or wildlife hotel, is an artificial structure designed to provide shelter and habitat for various beneficial insects, such as solitary bees, ladybugs, lacewings, beetles, and other small creatures. Our bug hotels for gardens are mostly constructed using natural materials such as wood, bamboo, logs, stones, and plant stems.

Bug hotels for gardens consist of multiple compartments or sections, each tailored to meet the specific needs of different insect species. For example, a section with drilled holes or hollow plant stems can attract solitary bees, while a chamber filled with straw or dry leaves may provide a cosy shelter for ladybugs and lacewings. The hotel may also have small crevices, cracks, or loose bark for insects seeking refuge.

Are bug hotels good?

Yes! Siting a bug hotel in your garden or outdoor space will hugely benefit not only essential bugs but us humans as well! Insects play a crucial role in pollination, pest control, and maintaining the ecological balance in the garden or surrounding area. So, by providing them additional habitat options with bug hotels, you will be offering them a safe and suitable environment for insects to nest, hibernate, and seek shelter.

Natural Pest Control

If you are a keen gardener, a bug hotel will be an excellent investment! Many insects attracted to bug hotels, such as ladybugs and lacewings, are natural predators of common garden pests like aphids and caterpillars. By attracting these beneficial insects to your garden, bug hotels can help control pest populations naturally, protecting your beautiful plants and reducing the need for harmful pesticides.

Pollination Support

We all know that bees hold the crown for essential pollinators that need our protection, and placing a bug hotel in your outdoor space will be a fantastic way to help them. By providing nesting sites for solitary bees, bug hotels can contribute to pollination and help enhance the productivity and diversity of plant life in the surrounding area.

Educational Opportunity

Bug hotels provide a fantastic and unique opportunity for people, especially children, to observe and learn about insects up close. They can serve as educational tools, fostering a better understanding of the fascinating world of insects and their crucial roles in the ecosystem.

Aesthetic Value

Bug hotels can also add a decorative and visually appealing element to gardens or outdoor spaces. With their unique designs and natural materials, bug hotels can add an eye-catching touch while serving a practical purpose.

Where to put a bug hotel in your garden?

To maximise the attraction of beneficial insects, it is recommended to face bug hotels towards east or southeast, where they can receive full morning sun. Mount them at a height of 3-5 feet (1-1.5 meters) above the ground. Clear the area in front of the insect hotel of any plants or vegetation that might obstruct the entrances to the tunnels. It is vital to securely install the insect hotel, ensuring it remains stable and stationary even during windy conditions, without any shaking or movement.

Bug hotels can be installed in gardens, parks, nature reserves, or even on balconies or rooftops, as long as there is access to sunlight and suitable vegetation nearby.