Ladybird House Diy: How To Build A Lady Bug House?
In this post we will share with you how to build a ladybug house. You can make your own ladybug house if you have some materials and skills. If not, then there are many places where you can get them, such as Amazon or eBay.
You need to start from scratch when building a ladybug house because they don’t come in kits. You will need to spend money to buy the materials. You can use any kind of wood, but it must be hardwood like oak or maple.
The most expensive thing you’ll need is a good quality drill press. For drilling holes in hardwoods, you may want to consider using a jig saw instead. However, if you’re going DIY then I would recommend getting one anyway since it’s easier than trying to figure out how to do it yourself!
Another thing you’ll need is a hammer. While you could just bash in the hole with a screwdriver, it won’t look very nice and it will take longer. Also, if something goes wrong during construction, you might not be able to fix it yourself so having a hammer makes things much easier.
If you’ve never built anything before, then this step by step guide might seem daunting at first. If you follow the steps, however, it should go pretty smoothly.
First, let’s talk about safety:
Wear safety goggles at all times when handling wood or using tools Needle nose pliers and a utility knife come in handy. If you’re using a jigsaw, always wear a dust mask since sawing wood produces a lot of dust. Heavy duty gloves are good for handling wood, but also for handling hot pieces if you’re using power tools.
Now let’s start building a ladybug house:
The first step is to prepare the wood. Since you’re building a ladybug house, you’ll need to cut the wood to shape using a circular saw or a jigsaw. You’ll want to cut out the basic structure of the house and the two side pieces. If you’re going for a natural look, you can leave the wood its natural color.
If you want to make it more appealing, you can stain or paint the wood.
After staining or painting, you’ll want to drill the pilot holes for the screws. If you’re using a power tool, wear eye protection and heavy duty gloves. After that, attach the base to the side pieces with screws. You don’t have to screw in the screws completely, just get them in deep enough so that they don’t fall out on their own.
Now you’re ready to prepare and mount the screening for the ladybug house. Make sure that all of the edges have a slight overlap otherwise it will be weak and could rip easily. You don’t want the ladybugs escaping! After you have mounted the screening, use a utility knife to trim off the excess screening from around the edges.
Finally, you’ll want to drill the pilot holes in the screening and secure it to the house using screws or nails. Again, just put the screws or nails in deep enough so they don’t fall out.
That’s it! You’re done building a ladybug house. Now all you need to do is fill it with plants and watch the ladybugs come!
Be creative! You can use any kind of wood for your house, or even recycled materials. You could even use a large flower pot (the round bottomed kind) as the base if you don’t want to cut wood.
Remember, the more plants you put in the house, the more likely it is that you will get a ladybug infestation! So be careful…
Although this project is pretty safe, it’s always best to be careful when handling wood and power tools.
Also, be sure not to over-fill the house. If you put too many plants in the house it could rot and cause the house to fall apart. It is also very important to make sure that ladybugs can easily get in and out of the house. So don’t push the screening down too hard when attaching it to the base.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Garden birds: how to attract birds to your garden by N Proctor – 1996 – books.google.com
Ladybugs of Alberta: finding the spots and connecting the dots by J Acorn – 2007 – books.google.com
Landscaping backyards for wildlife: Top ten tips for success by ME Hostetler, G Klowden, SW Miller, KN Youngentob – EDIS, 2003 – journals.flvc.org