• Tips for hanging my insect house?

    Question

    Sending a photo of a gift I received. The tag says Benefical Insect House. Can you send me any more information regarding the house! Best place to hang....all year around? I am allergic to bees, wasps, etc. so I have to be careful where I out it, I think! Also have a dog. I have over an acre of land in Bainbridge Township. Anything or any site you can send me to will be appreciated. Thank you! I cant send as pdf....so it is a Natures Way Better Gardens Beneficial Insect House. THX!

    Naturalist's Response

    The Beneficial Insect House you received is designed to provide nesting cavities for beneficial, docile, solitary bees especially active in spring and early summer pollinating apples, blueberries and other early flowers while gathering food to stash with eggs in the tubular cavities you provide or natural cavities like dry stems or woodpecker holes. These tiny, native bees do not have a hive and are “power pollinators.” The insect house also provides spaces for insects like ladybugs and lacewings that prey on garden pests. Install the house about five feet off the ground in a sheltered, east- or south-facing location near flowers rich in pollen. It can be left there through winter. Be patient and you should see some of the cavities will fill and be sealed with mud or pieces of leaves. You and your dog have no worries since these mason and leafcutter bees rarely sting! More information can be found at this link…enjoy!

    -Naturalist Dottie Drockton