"Bee Hotels"—good idea or not? #713427 - Ask Extension


"Bee Hotels"—good idea or not? #713427

Asked August 14, 2020, 5:16 PM EDT

Hi, I'm just wondering if you can provide information or point me to some regarding the popular bee or insect hotels.

I'm aware that they are a fad, and many are useless or harmful. But if there is a way to make one here on the Front Range that is both beneficial and safe for insects, I'd love to give it a go. I'd want it to meet the needs of native species (bees, butterflies, etc.), repel predators such as birds, stinging/predatory wasps, and be easy to clean/adapt so it stays safe. It would also be helpful to know which insects would co-habitate nicely and safely and which would require a separate hotel.

Thanks for any help you can give!

Boulder County Colorado

Expert Response

Bee hotels and pollinator friendly gardens are great ideas.
Here is one resource.  

Campus Pollinator Garden | Environmental Center - colorado.edu

Michigan State University has a very nice article on Bee Hotels. https://pollinators.msu.edu/publications/building-and-managing-bee-hotels-for-wild-bees/

I found evidenced based information on insect hotels.

I didn't find an answer for which insects would cohabitate nicely but  I hope these resources are a start.

Boulder County Master Gardener Replied August 17, 2020, 5:11 PM EDT

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