Gòod morniñg all,
I am please to say that the hedgehog that was living in one of my houses is still there ( even after I took the little cardboard box with him in out so I could clean it). I know this as I placed my trail cam outside the house to see if he appeared during the night. He did, at about 1230 he’d pop out and have some water, potter aròund for a while and then go back in.
I have moved the other house to outside my back door, put a cardboard box in it and last night placed a pile of dry leaves around it. This moŕning, as I type, I may have a hog building a nest in there. I can hear the leaves being crunched up and scuffling sounds coming from the house (at least I hope its a hog and not a rat!!).
I have lined the bottom of each house with a gardening kneeling pad or thin polystyrene to give a bit more insulation on the bottom but I think its the cardboard box they like.
My advice is to find a cardboard box big enough to fit a hog in but small enough to fit the hog house and see if you get a lodger. They may not stay but as I said even the one I disturbed is still there.
let me know if you try this and it works. Don’t forget it’s taken at least 5 years for me to get a lodger and now I may have 2!!!