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How to make a ladybird and lacewing lair

Overview

Ladybirds and lacewings are always welcome in a garden. As voracious predators of aphids at both adult and larval stage, they help to maintain a healthy balance. All insects like a warm, dry spot to retreat to in bad or cold weather, and this collection of twigs and sticks is the perfect resting place for them.


How to do it

1

Choose a selection of twigs and sticks of different thickness. Ensure they are dry as insects can succumb to fungal infections in winter if exposed to damp.


2

Make a simple box using thick, untreated wood. There's no need to add a back or front to it. Insert the larger pieces first. Cut hollow bamboo stems to length and add them to your chimneypot, inserting them around the logs. Make it a tight fit so they don't fall out.


3

Add the thinner sticks afterwards. Pack the box quite tightly so the twigs and sticks don't fall out - there will still be plenty of nooks and crannies for insects to sneak into. Place the box in a sunny, sheltered site ideally off the ground. It should attract new residents within a few weeks.




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vivian allman 14/11/2013 at 22:19

i made one of these using a lovely wooden box that had a bottle of wine in.... already being used by the bees and the ladybirds... not seen a lacewing in there yet...

Dovefromabove 04/12/2013 at 11:29

Wonder if you could make one out of rattan 

christinaflynn 25/02/2014 at 11:38

I made this an got them all a round the allotment