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Project by Jim Finn posted 11-26-2019 02:35 PM 980 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make this ladybug house when I saw some ladybugs in my planter box. I understand they need a warm and secure place to overwinter. Ladybugs are good at eating plant pests like aphids so I would like to help them survive the winter. No plans, I just saw a photo of one and made it to be similar. Made of 3/4” and 3/8” pine with a screen on the inside on the back for them to cling to. 15” tall and 5” deep and wide. The sponge on the bottom is wet because they need some moisture. I cut the entry slots on the front using a scroll saw.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 11-26-2019 03:06 PM

I like it. No ladybugs in winter here in Wisconsin….....we sent them all down to Texas.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 11-26-2019 04:12 PM

I find this ladybug house interesting. Great idea. I don’t know if it will work in our neck of the woods but I’ll look into it. I only see a coupe ladybugs all summer but as the weather starts to cool they are all over the place, especially in the house.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Andre

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#3 posted 11-26-2019 04:55 PM

May have to make one times 3 for the Grangirls!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 11-26-2019 05:15 PM

The ORANGE ones actually are different and a pest (they even bite people)—- the red ones are tthe real “lady bugs”.

Very nice house and I hope your residents are all “red”!

We had an infestation one year in eastern ND of the orange monsters, that is how I know about them.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#5 posted 11-26-2019 05:22 PM

Cool idea, Ima gonna study up on this.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 11-26-2019 11:58 PM

Jim that was very nice of you! Nice bug house!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BusterB

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#7 posted 11-27-2019 12:40 AM

Cool project. We get the ill tempered pesky ones here…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 11-27-2019 08:36 AM


The ORANGE ones actually are different and a pest (they even bite people)—- the red ones are tthe real “lady bugs”.

Very nice house and I hope your residents are all “red”!

We had an infestation one year in eastern ND of the orange monsters, that is how I know about them.

- ralbuck

I went here immediately on reading of a sighting of enough of them to make a box for. The bad ones are the only ones you will see in a group up here in Ohio. They are sold as “Ladybugs” by the cheap plant places, supposedly to eat bad insects, you are sent a bizzilion of the Chinese pest bug, and yes they do bite something awful. Hopefully Jim has real Ladybugs.

Warning if you find these things, DO NOT take the advice of many “Arborists” who tell you to use a clove baited trap, just draws them from miles away. I did find spraying Malathion dust takes em out nicely. ;-)

It might be fun to make 3 or 4 Purple Martin houses to every one of these Ladybug houses to see how they do.

-- Think safe, be safe

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