How to Build a Garden Wildlife Hotel Shelter
This step by step tutorial of how to build a garden wildlife hotel shelter is made from wood pallets and natural things found in nature. Insect hotels are simple to make recycled materials such as pine cones, branches, dry rolled up leaves, grasses, bark, moss, wood pallets, hollow reeds, bamboo and bricks. These hotels are essential for all beneficial insects and small mammals to find shelter year round – especially in the winter.
You can take a section of 2 by 4 lumber and drill in depth holes (not all the way through) across the piece of wood in a grid pattern. Cut a long piece of bamboo into small equal sections and fill in tiny spaces in your garden wildlife hotel shelter.
Some varieties of species hibernate throughout the winter and a safe place to dig in for the winter can be life saving for them which translates into better health for your garden the following year.
When it comes to drilling “bee holes” in wood, take into consideration the fact that different bee species are drawn to different sizes of holes for shelter and egg-laying:
• For leafcutter bees, the drilled holes should be 1/4″ wide and 2 1/2 -4″ deep.
• For mason bees, drill holes that are 6″ deep, 5/16″ wide.
Try to space holes at least 3/4″ apart, and never drill entirely through the wooden blocks.