Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Biodiversity is declining rapidly because a lot of green spaces are slowly disappearing in cities and villages. In the same time, gardens are becoming less and less cluttered with places for insects to hibernate. Attracting insects such as the lacewing, the ladybird, the bee and the butterfly to the garden has many advantages and does not have to be difficult at all. An insect hotel offers different species of insects a safe haven to nest and hibernate all at once.
Some insects may not seem too pleasant to have in the garden at first, yet they are an important part of nature. They provide pollination, natural pest control and an increase in biodiversity!
Did you know that... in addition to pollination by bees, bumblebees and butterflies, some flowers and plants also need to be pollinated exceptionally by flies? If your customer also grows fruit and vegetables in the garden, the harvest can also increase considerably through pollination by more insects.
Earwigs, ladybirds and lacewings are real wolverines. They easily eat countless unwanted aphids, spider mites and bugs. Useful natural pest controllers to have in the garden right?
Also useful to know: Ladybirds also have the eggs of the oak processionary caterpillar on their menu!
The advantages of the new range of insect hotels
The newest series of insect hotels you will find in the current catalogue consists of 4 sizes: S, M, L and XL. The red compartment offers protection and housing to green lacewings, ladybirds and earwigs. The colour red attracts the insects even faster. Have your customer fill the compartment with fine wheat straw, which makes hibernating even more attractive.
The various sizes of hollow straws in turn attract different types of bees. The advantage of these insect hotels is that all four come with a cleaning brush to clean the bamboo straws. Bees love tidy passageways and will therefore want to use the hotel even sooner.
The zinc roof protects the hotels from getting wet. This is handy, because bees prefer to nest in dry places. It is best your client places the hotel in a south-facing location, at knee height and where it is protected from wind and rain. By the way, an insect hotel can be hung up all year round.
Anything else you can do to attract insects?
Encourage people to sow in the garden. You can easily create a garden full of insect-attracting flowers with these flower seed mixtures. They contain a selection of the most attractive seeds for various insects and birds. The quantity of seed is sufficient to provide 4m² of garden with a beautiful sea of flowers.