Host mason bees for the spring season! This kit includes everything you need to successfully host these gentle pollinators mailed straight to your home. By renting mason bees, you will pollinate your garden, repopulate your neighborhood with native bees, and play a direct role in supporting food production. Mason bees are particularly helpful for pollination of fruit trees, berry bushes, and other spring blooming plants. If you already have a permanent bee house, rent our shippable mason bee insert.
This package includes: 60 mason bee cocoons inside of an emergence tube, a mason bee nesting block, hangable wood house, a packet of flower seeds, and a bag of clay. You will also receive instructions for how to hang the house, what to do with your bag of clay, how to send the bees back, and a return shipping label.
At the end of the season, we will send you a notice by email when it is time to send the mason bees back to us so we can clean them and prepare them for hibernation. More information on our cleaning process
When ordering, select the ship date that comes a week before your fruit trees typically bloom. You bees will be shipped out on the selected Tuesday to ensure they arrive before your trees are ready to be pollinated. This kit cannot be mailed to PO boxes.
Please note that customers receiving their bees by mail located east of the Rocky Mountains will be charged an additional $25 shipping charge.
Rental agreement: if you do not return your bees during the month of September to our facility in NW Washington State, your credit card will be charged the retail amount of the kit ($150).
Timeline of rented mason bee kit:
March: Receive kit, when you purchase online you will select a ship date that falls a week before when your fruit trees typically bloom. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure what date to select.
March-June: Hang the black house in the sunniest spot in your yard. Put your mason bee nesting block in the black house, take the tape off of the emergence tube and set it in the box next to or on top of the nesting block. Watch the bees work hard to pollinate your fruit trees and lay their offspring in the nesting block.
June: You will receive an email when it is time to bring mason bees into your garage or basement to protect from predators.
September: Your developing mason bees are now fully formed in cocoons and are strong enough to be mailed back to us. Use the box your bees came in and your return shipping label to send us back the bees. We will do the rest of the work taking care of your bees during the winter months.
Mason bees can be shipped to most of the 50 states. They cannot be rented in LA, AL, GA, MS, or FL because of high humidity and temperature levels. Due to regional adaptations of the two mason bee subspecies, renters west of the Rockies will receive Osmia lignaria propinqua and renters east of the Rockies will receive Osmia lignaria lignaria.
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