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Ikea Launches Free Program That Lets People Design A Bee Home

We all know that bees are great pollinators and that a lot of plants rely on them to reproduce. Unfortunately, the bee population is way down due to human impact, climate change, and invasive species.

So Ikea has started a new project to help protect bees and encourage people to take action to preserve their habitats by making DIY Bee Homes.

Ikea's SPACE10 Innovation hub has partnered up with Bakken & Bæck and designer Tanita Klein to develop these easy to build DIY bee homes.

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You can download an open-source bee home design for free and just build it yourself quickly at home.

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Did you know that 90% of all bees are solitary bees? This means that they live alone and not in a huge beehive.

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But since they're great pollinators, one solitary bee can provide as much pollination as 120 honeybees. Wow!

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Therefore, all they need to survive is just a place with small holes where they can hide.

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These habitats protect them from moisture and weather. There, they can also store pollen and lay their eggs. So, a small Bee House is perfect for these bees!

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This project was started in order to make it easier for people to help preserve the solitary bee population in their neighborhood.

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It's also a way to encourage people from all walks of life to take action today. That's amazing.

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All it takes are three easy steps to create your own Bee Home.

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First, you need to figure out its size. Then, you need to pick your favorite style of the home, and finally, decide where you want to place it.

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As there are a variety of designs you can easily find a bee home that could fit perfectly in your garden, rooftop, or even a balcony.

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With these plans, pretty much anyone can design the best home for this essential species.

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Once you download your design of choice, you will also get easy-to-follow instructions.

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The best way to construct your bee home is to find your local CNC machine-owner who can build you a bee home down to all the specifications of your choosing.

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The designer of this bee home, Tanita Klein, worked tirelessly to make sure the home looked very aesthetically pleasing.

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She wanted it to stand out as if it was almost a free-standing sculpture to add more beauty to any surroundings.

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I've got some good news for you: This bee home requires virtually no maintenance.

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And the solitary bees won't bother you at all. In fact, the male species don't even have a sting so you don't have to be scared. Who's ready to build their own DIY bee home?

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