Forum home Wildlife gardening

Bug box


Ive received a small bug box as a gift and wondered if it matters where i put it in my garden? Presently it is attached to the front of my shed not specifically sheltered, will that matter? 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    Hi there

    I'd go for a sheltered position, not windy. Also near plants, think 'wildlife corridor'. It needs to be close to where the bugs are looking for nectar, eating the leaves, etc.

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    on mine it said in sunny spot protected from bad weather in short,

  • Have had one in the garden for couple of years. Do I have to clear the tubes, restuff the spaces or clean it out at all please? have so far left it and the bugs to their own devices. 

  • Hedge HogHedge Hog Posts: 10

    Hi The Artist,  our bug box is on a potting shed next to our veg patch, gets morning sun, but shaded by time sun gets high/hot.  Leaf cutter bees cut circles out of my spinach last year and used them to fill the holes where they lay their eggs. 

    Hi deadkenndaisy, personally I clean ours in the winter, but don't know if you are supposed to....

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    I suppose they can be cleaned any time as long as there's nobody home.

  • Thank you all for your comments. I'm thinking mine may not be in the best of sites as it is somewhat exposed to the elements. As for cleaning them out, that is something i hadn't even thought it would need!

  • for best results site in a warm, sunny, sheltered position, out of prevailing winds and close to vegetation.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,124

    The consensus of opinion on the Wild About Britain forum is that you don't clean a bug box out because it will hopefully contain overwintering insects and their broods and eggs.  

    But you can scrape bird poo off the outsideimage


    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Many thanks for all replies. Will get going once checked residents have moved on.
Sign In or Register to comment.