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How to Make a Bug House

Updated February 21, 2017

Summertime brings a number of critters to your yard. Capturing these bugs and building a home for them can be a fun and educational activity to do with your kids. Viewing the insects up close can give your children a greater appreciation for nature. It is easy to make a bug house out of materials you may already have lying around the house. It is important to keep the insects captive for only a short while (a few days), or else they will likely not survive.

Cut out a few square holes in a cardboard oatmeal container. The holes serve as the windows of the house and allow air to circulate. The size of the holes is not an issue, since mesh screen is going to cover them.

Cut out pieces of the mesh screen to cover the holes. Make the screen pieces slightly larger than each hole.

Tape the mesh screen pieces behind each hole (on the inside of the container).

Poke a few holes in the oatmeal container's lid.

Collect and add bugs. Add a small dish of water and some twigs and branches from the bugs' natural surroundings. Place the bugs, water and plants in the container and cover it with the lid.

Things You'll Need

  • Oatmeal container
  • Utility knife
  • Mesh screen
  • Masking tape
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J.S. Copper began writing professionally in 2008, specializing in technology, running and health-related topics. He has worked with a handful of technology websites providing tutorials, tips and tricks. Prior to writing, Copper worked in Web design