How to build a ladybird house

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How to build a ladybird house
Americans call ladybirds "ladybugs." (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Ladybird beetles provide a wonderful natural garden pest removal service by helping to get rid of aphids and other unwanted bugs. Building a ladybird house is a great way to attract and keep this helpful gardening friend around. This project can be completed with ease.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2.5 cm x 15 cm (1 x 6 inch) board
  • Nails
  • Washers
  • Paint
  • Saw

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut three pieces of wood the same size and sand the edges. These will be the back and sides of the ladybug house. Nail them together.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece to fit the bottom of the house and sand edges. Attach this to the box with nails. Now is the time to cut a top for the ladybird house. Sand and nail the top to the box.

  3. 3

    Measure the piece for the front of the ladybird house. It should be slightly smaller than the sides and back to give the ladybirds room to enter and exit as they please. About 2.5 cm (1 inch) or so will do. After sanding, attach the front piece to the box with washers to allow access for adding food, water and for cleaning the house.

  4. 4

    Paint the ladybird house or use a sealant so it will last through weather longer. Decorate the outside of the house if desired.

  5. 5

    Affix the ladybird house to a short pole in the garden, preferably about a foot or two off the ground.

  6. 6

    Nectar attracts ladybirds, so placing a small piece of sponge that has been soaked in sugar water inside the ladybird house. A water source and a little food, either some aphids or sweet alyssum, will help keep the ladybirds comfortable.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't make the openings too large, or birds will try to enter.

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