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Make a home for wildlife
18 October 2007
Image: Ian Dawson
Insects such as ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies feed on aphids and other insects considered less beneficial in the garden. Bumblebees, solitary bees and solitary wasps are also very useful as a natural form of pest control. Others help with pollinating plants around the garden.
You can provide all the right conditions for these insects to feed, breed and shelter naturally in your garden. However, providing them with an articial home can help them further and allow you the opportunity to watch them at close quarters.
Insect or bug boxes provide certain insects with somewhere safe to hibernate in. A number of insects can be attracted to artificial homes and include:
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