Mason Bee House with Bee Food | Pollinator Habitat
$34.99 – $39.99
A beginner-friendly Mason Bee house to attract solitary, non-stinging pollinators to your veggie garden or fruit tree! Mason bees are native to North America and have a 99% pollination rate (compare that to 5% for non-native honey bees!) Just a handful of mason bees can pollinate an entire apple tree. No hives, no smoke, and no protective gear required!
The “Air Bee n Bee” is made with untreated pine and Western Red Cedar. It’s the perfect habitat for female Mason Bees to lay eggs and breed a new generation of crucial pollinators right in your backyard. Hang anytime from early March to late May for Mason Bees, then swap out your nesting trays to attract Leafcutter bees.
Comes with a free pack of Bee Food wildflower seeds!
More info in the description below.
This Mason Bee House is specifically made to make attracting and breeding mason bees as easy as possible! They are handmade using untreated pine for the nesting trays and durable Western Red Cedar walls.
Mason Bees are active from early March to late May in North America. Houses can be hung at any time during this period to attract females laying eggs. Leave the house up throughout the summer to attract Leafcutter Bees, another peaceful, solitary species.
What is a Mason Bee House?
A Mason Bee House is a nesting sites for gentle, native Mason bees. This species is peaceful, non-stinging with amazing pollinating abilities – just a few Mason bees can pollinate an entire apple tree! Talk about a wonderful guest to have in your garden, especially if you grow fruits and vegetables!
Setting up your Mason Bee House
Hang at eye level in early spring before outdoor temperatures reach 55 degrees. A site with morning sun, afternoon shade and plenty of flowers is ideal. Mason bees will lay eggs in the tubes and seal them off with mud to develop and hibernate for winter. The following spring, a new generation will emerge ready to pollinate, mate, and repeat the cycle!
Cleaning and Replacing the Trays
It’s crucial to clean the pine trays between generations to avoid disease and parasites.
When to replace: When the trays are filled and mudded over (usually by late May), remove them from the bottle and replace with clean ones for summer mason bees. Store the occupied trays in a mesh bag your garage or garden shed to protect from predators. In October-December, extract the cocoons from the trays and store them in the fridge over winter. Bring the occupied tubes back outside in emergence box and have your Bee Bottle ready with clean tubes for the new generation to lay eggs in!
How to replace: You may be able to *carefully* wiggle the trays right out the front. If not, remove the back mounting board and push the trays through to remove them. Gently clean the Mason bee cocoons and store in the fridge until next spring. Wash the trays with soapy water or a five percent liquid oxygen bleach solution. Replacement tray sets available on Emeraldology.com will slide right in!
|Dimensions||8 × 7 × 7 in|
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