Weta are our buddies in the garden. Ours are the size of my hand. Over in matiu Island they're bigger than my face.
Weta like to chew on wood. They are nocturnal and need somewhere dry and dark to sleep all day. Previously they used the weeds under the lemon tree, but I pull out those weeds. So this is my peace offering to these fierce insects.
Step 1: Split a Log
Split the log horizontally halfway and then vertically halfway, to separate a piece form the log. This will become the door flap for viewing the weta.
Step 2: Measure and Chisel Out Rooms
We started with a chisel, then increased depth with a dremel. And smoothed with a drill.
Step 3: Drill Doorways
Step 4: Window
This is to stop weta jumping in your face when you open the door.
We used clear acrylic, held in place with screws.
Step 5: Light Stop
Step 6: Latch
Use a garden gate or tool box Latch to hold the door shut tightly, allowing me light into the rooms. You could also use twine to pull it closed.
I used an old suitcase strap pulled tight.