Most of the time we refer to insects as pests – creatures to be shooed away and barred from the home. But not all bugs are unwelcome. In fact, some, such as lacewings, ladybugs, and bees, are quite beneficial in the garden. To encourage their presence, you can set up a habitat made from wood, twigs, and hollow bamboo canes. Find out how to make or buy one of these charming little bug boxes or bee hotels after the jump.
1 Bug Box 2000 Insect Habitat, £15.50 (about $23) at Guardian Eco Store; also available at Amazon.com
2 Wooden Bug Box, £12 (about $16) at Garden Trading
3 Pollinating Bee Log, £16 (about $23) at Hen & Hammock
4 Wudwerx Small Bee Hotel, $21 at Etsy (other styles available)
5 Building your own bug box could be a fun project for both adults and kids. The BBC websites have plenty of tips and tutorials: Create an insect home, How to make a bug box, How to make a bee hotel, and Make a bee home or café.
Related: Bombus Shelter by Jason Neufeld