Hmm, never mind. Yesterday it hit 70. Today is mid-30's, wind is gusting to 30 mph. My hands don't do tools well in those temps.Worked on the shooting house yesterday - more of the same today.
First day since last September/October it was warm enough to go without a coat.
I shoot them with *unmentionable* cartridges loaded with rice. Small fast powder charge, 2 wads, rice, another wad glued in place. Works well.I find the traps catch the best if they are high on the deck support posts just under the eves. I have one hanging trap under the deck rail but it catches only half that the sold mounted traps catch. There will always be one trap that catches many more bees than the others, this one is over the stairs going up to the deck, I probably catch 50 bees a year in this trap. I use sawtooth picture hangers and a small nail in the 4X4 to hang my traps. I drill 4 holes in all the traps I make but only need three for this mounting.
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A bug hotel is just a pile of junk put together as a refuge for pollinating insects. We have so little open and uncultivated space in this country that many insects and small mammals are on the endangered list. Intensive farming and unrestricted use of chemicals, now happily legislated for, did untold damage to our ecology. Hopefully, enough of us will ‘do our bit’ to help Mother Nature along.John, gotta ask what exactly is a bug hotel, and what do you do with it, you English fellows are interesting.