Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum→Seeking insect hotel recommendation

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Name: Emily
Northern Virginia (Zone 7b)
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May 22, 2020 2:54 PM CST
I am looking for a solid, good quality insect hotel. I've read that these hotels are a bit of a fad and people sell not so great insect hotels. Does anyone have a recommendation?

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Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Jun 3, 2020 11:26 AM CST
Well I'll be...never heard of that before. Here in Florida they have no problem making anything and everything a hotel for their needs, even my house. Whistling
I'm sure you could find that on Amazon.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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Jun 5, 2020 3:51 PM CST
I was speaking to my dear husband just today because he wants to get one to keep the carpenter bees away from our shed.
I said I didn't think they would work because the bees like picking their own place and digging their own hole Shrug!
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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Jun 6, 2020 11:46 AM CST
I'm not a big fan of them. They're often built poorly and look like they just threw in whatever was around rather than think about their potential for use and adding capacity that way. So, I make my own and typically don't mix the various types together.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
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Jun 12, 2020 10:41 AM CST
Pick up a bunch of sticks of different sizes, cut them to size, bundle them together with steel wire and put said bundle in a secluded spot in the garden. A couple piece of rotting wood will also work wonders.

Insects don't like these "hotels". Here are a couple of gigantic ones I've seen in France:

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They must have cost the department a fortune and there wasn't a single bug around them. Talk about tax money at work.
Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
-Charles Darwin-

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