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May 22, 2020 2:54 PM CST
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Name: Emily
Northern Virginia (Zone 7b)
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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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Jun 3, 2020 11:26 AM CST
Name: Sherri
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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.
Jun 5, 2020 3:51 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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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!
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Jun 6, 2020 11:46 AM CST
Name: UrbanWild
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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.

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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.
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