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Bee/Bug Hotels

I have recently put up a bug hotel and pleased to say a few residents have already booked in. 

My question is after they have used these spaces will new residents be willing to move in to the same tubes next year. I ask this because last year i was given a tiny bug hotel which a few tubes were used and vacated but I notice it has not been touched this year.

If anyone has any other tips to encourage our solitary bees other than plants (i have lots of bee friendly ones planted) I'd be glad to hear from you.

Thank you


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,498

    My bug hotels have been used occasionally over the several years I have had them. I had leaf cutter bees in one of them last year so I didn't mind all the neat little semi-circular notches on my roses. I think the fact that they are up there and always in the same place will encourage creatures to move in. My ladybirds seem to just like roughing it in the the bark and leaf nodes of trees and plants round the garden.

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