Solitary bees aren’t like honeybees that live in hives; they make their nests on their own and lay their eggs in tunnels, such as in dead wood or hard soil. They are efficient pollinators; more so than honeybees and bumblebees. Our Lodge mimics these conditions.
Hung in a sheltered sunny position (facing south east or south), at least 1 metre above ground and clear flight path, these bees and other insects will be queueing up for the best new abode.
Sit and watch adult female bees find the nest on sunny days in spring. You’ll know they’re nesting if you see them flying in with pollen (some carry it on their bellies), with blobs of mud to create cell walls along the tubes, or with bits of leaf (these are the leaf-cutter bees).
Sturdy construction; recycling pallet timbers and constructing a solid back and good roof to shelter the nesting materials from exposure to rain and mould growth are key to it’s design. Care is taken not to use treated wood that would repel insects.
Nesting materials; consist of seasoned apple wood, drilled with tunnels up to 10mm maximum diameter, and bamboo canes are used to provide
A sanctuary to beneficial insects.
shelter with straw filled cavity for smaller insects, and hollow brick for larger insects.
Maintain and clean: This is the most overlooked part of having an insect lodge. Taking care of an insect lodge is just as important as building one. For example, they should be inspected at the end of summer to remove and clean dead cells. This will prevent mould and mites that would multiply on the dead bees or larvae. We recommend bringing an occupied insect lodge into cool dry area such as garden shed during winter to protect the overwintering inhabitants from wind and rain. Without timely maintenance and clean-up, a once-occupied insect lodge may not attract a new batch next season.
Replace when it is time: Insect lodges can degrade naturally after two or more years because the material used is untreated: Change the nesting blocks and straw every two years to avoid build-up of mould, mites and parasites overtime.
Designed to be wall mounted with three M6 coach-bolt fixings (supplied).
Made to order (minimum of a three week lead time please)
SPECIFICATION: Width: 500mm Depth: 120mm Height: 550mm
We construct engineered bird boxes of all descriptions to order and are happy to consult with our customers to achieve the desired result.
Contact Bob on 07971 989930 www.applegroveengineering.co.uk