Mini Insect Hotel DIY | Pieni Hyönteishotelli

insect hotel diy

I've been wanting to make an insect hotel myself and this is my first try. It's very simple and made of recycled and natural materials. However, I won't get to see it in use until next summer so I have no idea if insects will actually like it. From bug hotel related youtube videos I've gathered that the part of an insect hotel that gets the most use, is the round holes. You can make them by drilling holes into a log or smaller branches. But I thought, why not use something that's already hollow: reeds. 

Halusin kokeilla tehdä hyönteishotellin itse ja tässä on ensimmäinen yritys. En tiedä onko se toimiva, sen näkee vasta ensi kesänä. Tämä yksinkertainen malli on tehty kierrätys- ja luonnonmateriaaleista. 

insect hotel

I used an old Pringles can as the container and put some hay in the bottom of it. I got dry reeds, cut them to a suitable length, made sure they're hollow (at least for the most part of the length) and put them inside the can. If they're packed tightly enough, they don't fall out even if the can is upside down (and it should be a bit tilted to prevent rain going in).

Tein hyönteishotellin vanhaan Pringles-purkkiin. Pohjalle vähän kuivaa heinää. "Hotellihuoneet" ovat kuivia järviruo'on pätkiä. Leikkaisin ne sopivan pituisiksi ja varmistin teräväkärkisellä tikulla, että varret ovat onttoja (ainakin aika pitkälle). Kun korret sulloo purkkiin tarpeeksi tiheästi, ne eivät tipu vaikka purkki olisi ylösalaisin. 

insect hotel
insect hotel
To make the mini hotel suite its environment better, I covered it with birch bark. I hung the hotel on a tree branch with metal wire. (It's now in the cellar of the summer cottage, however, waiting for the spring and, hopefully, its first residents.)

Päällystin purkin vielä tuohella, jotta se olisi vähän luonnollisemman näköinen. Tuohen kiinnitykseen ja hotellin ripustamiseen käytin rautalankaa. Hotelli odottaa nyt kesämökin kellarissa ensi kesää.  

insect hotel
insect hotel
insect hotel
insect hotel
insect hotel


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