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Hi Permies! For my job, I am giving a public presentation on insects in the garden. As an activity I wanted to build an insect hotel, a small design with bamboo for mason bees, and other nesting material for ladybugs and other bugs. I'm anticipating some questions and hoping you guys can help me answer them.
1: How do you know you're not providing shelter for bugs we are trying to keep out of the garden?
2: Are there ways to encourage beneficials to use the hotel?
3: When is the best time to replace the bedding/nesting material in the hotel?
 
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Bradley James : This should get you started !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8vAQ1B5Zj4

Also the good folks at

http://crownbees.com

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For the good of the Crafts ! Big AL
 
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Howdy Bradley, welcome to permies!

Here is one thread about that.

https://permies.com/t/25905/bugs/Insect-Hotels-Bug-Mansions-Bee
 
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Thank you, Miles! One of those pictures is actually the design I'm using. I'll check out some of the other similar topics. And thanks for the welcome!
 
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Allen, the crownbees website is awesome! Thank you for directing me to it. It does bring up some questions though.

As far as 'harvesting' the larvae, I don't think any of the people coming to my workshop will be up for that. They're all hobby gardeners and at this point I'm doing good to convince them not to use a bunch of chemicals in their gardens. I'm wondering, will it be OK to not clean out the mason bee tubes?

Crownbees also says to not use bamboo, but that's what I have available. So now I'm wondering if I should just do another project all together? The insect hotel seemed fun, simple, and useful. I don't want to overwhelm novice gardeners, but I also want to do it right. Looks like I have some decisions to make. Thanks again and thanks for the welcome!
 
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Hey Bradley, Dave Hunter, from crown bees, was here a while back to help answer questions.

You might want to take a look at this thread and see if there is anything there for you.

https://permies.com/t/520/mason-bees/orchard-mason-bees

 
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Thanks again, Miles!
 
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