Bug homes

When most people think about bugs, they think of them as pests, as something that you don’t want or need as part of your life.

But many bugs are beneficial bugs, and do things that we need done help our plant matter break down to become humus, which makes for healthier soil.jan and bug house photo

My friend, Jan Morrisson, posted this picture to her Facebook page just the other day. She was so happy because she had found a way to make a home for bugs that they would like to live in. There is room in that house for all manner of bugs. Bees, beetles, potato bugs, ants, wild bees, ladybugs, spiders, and many many more.

By making this space at the edge of her yard, close to the field, she gives the bugs what they want so that she can get what she wants: beneficial bugs in her yard.

She got the idea from her recent visit with her sister in the UK. She had seen a number of them on various properties. When she came home she decided to try her hand at making her own.  While she sees her bug home as being a bit rustic, it is a great example of how just one person can create a habitat that is perfectly habitable for the bugs that benefit us all.

Your attempts to make healthy habitats for people, plants and bugs doesn’t have to look like a work of art for it to be effective. Simply creating the space will help protect the health of the soil, the plants and the creatures that count on them.


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