Bug Box Kit
- Enjoy assembling your own bug box without having to worry about getting the sizes right.
- Great for attracting beneficial insects especially ladybirds, lacewings and solitary bees to your garden.
- These bug box kits are ideal for kids (and adults too!) with easy to follow instructions.
- Each pack contains all the components you need to make your own bug box (just add hammer and screwdriver) then collect hollow sticks and pine cones to fill the box and provide somewhere for the insects to live.
- Can be painted or decorated to create a unique bug box.
Encourage a range of beneficial insects into your garden and have fun making the box at the same time with our new bug box kit.
The DIY bug boxes provide you with pre-cut panels, nails and screws and simple to follow instructions. No sawing required - all you need is a hammer and a screwdriver and you can enjoy building your own bug box and providing homes, shelter and somewhere safe to hibernate for lots of useful bugs.
The kit is a great way of introducing children to all the really useful insects that help in the garden from ladybirds to solitary bees and their fascinating life cycles.
The box is nailed together with the roof attached by a screw to enable the upper compartment to be filled and checked. The kit contains all the parts for the wooden box, and then you'll need to go foraging to collect and fill the two compartments with somewhere for the insects to live.
The lower part of the box is designed to be filled with hollow sticks to provide somewhere for solitary bees to lay their eggs. This can be bamboo, hollow sticks (alder is especially good) or stems of other plants. We've even seen solitary bees using cut up drinking straws! Once you’ve collected your sticks, cut them to the right length then fill the lower part of the box with the hollow ends pointing outward. Then wait and watch. Solitary bees will lay their eggs in the hollow sticks then seal them up with mud which they collect.
The upper part of the box is great for providing somewhere dry and protected with lots of crevices for ladybirds and lacewings to tuck themselves away during the winter when they hibernate. Fill the top of the box with something like pine cones, twigs or straw which will give ladybirds and lacewings plenty of places to hide.