How to Build a Ladybug House

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

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 x 6 inch board
    • Nails
    • Washers
    • Paint
    • Saw

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    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.

    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 ladybug house. Sand and nail the top to the box.

    Measure the piece for the front of the ladybug house. It should be slightly smaller than the sides and back to give the ladybugs room to enter and exit as they please. About an 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.

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

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

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

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