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24/03/2013 at 17:43

Hi

Ive received a small bug box as a gift and wondered if it matters where i put it in my garden? Presently it is attached to the front of my shed not specifically sheltered, will that matter? 

24/03/2013 at 21:31

Hi there

I'd go for a sheltered position, not windy. Also near plants, think 'wildlife corridor'. It needs to be close to where the bugs are looking for nectar, eating the leaves, etc.

25/03/2013 at 13:06

on mine it said in sunny spot protected from bad weather in short,

25/03/2013 at 13:29

Have had one in the garden for couple of years. Do I have to clear the tubes, restuff the spaces or clean it out at all please? have so far left it and the bugs to their own devices. 

28/03/2013 at 20:54

Hi The Artist,  our bug box is on a potting shed next to our veg patch, gets morning sun, but shaded by time sun gets high/hot.  Leaf cutter bees cut circles out of my spinach last year and used them to fill the holes where they lay their eggs. 

Hi deadkenndaisy, personally I clean ours in the winter, but don't know if you are supposed to....

28/03/2013 at 21:07

I suppose they can be cleaned any time as long as there's nobody home.

11/04/2013 at 15:25

Thank you all for your comments. I'm thinking mine may not be in the best of sites as it is somewhat exposed to the elements. As for cleaning them out, that is something i hadn't even thought it would need!

11/04/2013 at 18:51

for best results site in a warm, sunny, sheltered position, out of prevailing winds and close to vegetation.

11/04/2013 at 19:32

The consensus of opinion on the Wild About Britain forum is that you don't clean a bug box out because it will hopefully contain overwintering insects and their broods and eggs.  

But you can scrape bird poo off the outside

 

http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/wildlife-gardening/80779-bug-box-cleaning.html

13/04/2013 at 19:43
Many thanks for all replies. Will get going once checked residents have moved on.
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