These Beneficial Insect Houses feature different nesting areas suitable for a range of beneficial insect such as ladybirds, lacewings and solitary bees. Shaped as an apple or pear, these wall mountable houses not only look great, but also offer safe and appealing nesting / over-wintering sites for beneficial insects. Helping these insects to breed, feed and over-winter in your garden will help boost their numbers leading to better plant pollination and natural pest control. Divided into different sections, it features cut canes, drilled wood, holes and lots of places for insects to explore / hide / nest. Designed to attract ladybirds and lacewings, which both eat pests and solitary bees like Mason Bees and Leafcutter Bees - these friendly bees are safe around children and pets and almost never sting, but are effective plant pollinators. Shaped as apples or pears, these houses are colourful and the apple measures 25.5cm across (at the widest point) and 25cm high and 8cm deep while the pear measures 22cm across (at the widest point) and 25cm high and 8cm deep.
- Ladybirds - Ladybirds are one of the best known beneficial insect and a welcome sight in the garden, where they happily munch away on greenfly and other tasty pests. By boosting their numbers, it will lead to a permanent decrease in the number of pests in your garden i.e. aphids and spider mites.
- Lacewings - Adult lacewings are attractive flying insects with translucent pale green wings that feed on nectar, but their larvae feed on aphids and other soft bodied insects such as whitefly and thrip eating hundreds of pests each. The majority of adult lacewings do not survive the winter due to a lack of over-wintering sites, so by positioning a insect house you can help more of these beneficial insects to survive the winter, so that they can lay hundreds of eggs in the spring.
- Solitary Bees House - The holes will attract non-swarming bees like the Red Mason Bee, Leafcutter Bee and other solitary bees. These friendly bees are safe around children and pets (they rarely sting) and are naturally attracted to holes in wood - holes which are becoming harder to find in modern gardens. The Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufa) is active in the garden from March to July and is responsible for pollinating top fruit and soft fruit. The Blue Orchard Bee (Osmia lignaria) is active in the garden from May to September and is an effective pollinator of summer flowers, herbs and vegetables.
Siting - Site in a sunny position facing between south south east to catch some morning sun. Mounting height between ground level and 1.5m. A mud supply is useful, but not essential. No chemical treatments needed as the habitat is made from durable timber.