How to Make Your Own Ladybird House

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If you look around your garden and notice tiny bugs that look like yellow or green grains of rice, you may be looking at aphids that can destroy new plants. Instead of spraying your plants with insecticides that could leach into the soil and contaminate edible plants, you might like to try another solution that is more environmentally friendly. Try introducing ladybirds, otherwise known as ladybugs, to your garden. Ladybirds and their offspring love to eat aphids. Make a house for the ladybirds in your garden, and they'll stick around to help keep your plants healthy.

Place a handful of grass in the berry box. Pack the grass down so that it fills the bottom of the berry box.

Add another handful of grass to the berry box, but do not pack this grass down. Leave this handful of grass loose so that the ladybirds have room to move around in the grass. Add 1 tbsp of water to the grass.

Put the lid on the box, and press down the edges to secure the lid.

Stick a straw through one of the holes in the lid. Push the straw through the loose grass until it almost touches the grass packed down in the bottom of the berry box. Leave a small space between the end of the straw and the packed-down grass.

Use a tape measure to measure 50 mm (2 inches) up the straw starting from the base of the lid, and mark that spot with a marker.

Use scissors to cut the straw sticking out of the berry box at the spot you marked so only 50 mm (2 inches) of the straw is sticking out of the lid.

Stick the other straw through a hole on the other side of the lid, mark 50 mm (2 inches) and cut the straw so only 50 mm (2 inches) of that straw is sticking out of the lid.

Place the berry box in a safe place under a leafy plant in your garden so that the ladybirds can find it and crawl into the berry box through the straws.

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