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With the concerns over pesticides, more and more people are relying on natural ways of fighting pests in their garden.  One thing that many people do is encourage ladybugs, which feed on aphids in their larval state.  In fact, some people even buy ladybugs for their garden.  One way to encourage the ladybugs to stick around is to offer them adequate shelter from inclement weather and predators.  A ladybug house is the perfect way to do this.  To build one, you will need:

5/8” X 6” X 6’ cedar board

Number 8 by 1 1/2” screws

Four number eight washers

Cut your board into the following pieces:

Back 6” X 8 3/4 “

Front 5 1/2” X 8 1/4 “

Sides 6” X 8 3/4”

Top 6: X 7 1/2”

Bottom 6”X 7 1/2”

First, attach the sides to the back with the screws.

Next, attach the top of the box with the screws.

Finally, attach the bottom to the rest of the box.

Now, this next step is a bit tricky.  In order for the front of the house to swing up for housekeeping and to put a branch in the ladybug house, you have to use the washers to space the screw enough for the front to swing.  Put one washer on the screw and screw it through the side, then put the other washer on it and screw it into the front of the house.  Repeat on the other side of the front.

Now you are through with the house.  Here is how it looks buttoned up for the ladybugs to crawl in.

Here is how it looks with the front up.  Note the log inserted for the ladybugs to rest on.  The house should be mounted about six to twelve inches high in vegetation for the ladybugs to find it easily.

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