Care Instructions

How to Pick a Spot for the Mason Bee House

1. Locate the sunniest place in your yard within 300 feet of their food source.

The bees need as much sun as possible shinning into and onto their house each day.

2. Choose a wall/fence or side of a building which is:

Dry and sunny: South or southeast exposure is best.

Protected from wind: Movement will dislodge the bee eggs. Do not place on a tree branch.

Permanent: Do not relocated bee house after the bees emerge or they will be confused and fly away.

How to Hang the Bee House (all sizes)

1. Insert a nail or screw in the fence/shed/post.

2. Hang bee house by the hook located on the back of the house.

3. Tip front of bee house down SLIGHTLY.

This will allow rain to run off to keep inside dry.

4. Place the nesting material (block or tubes) in the house.

Do NOT cut the bands.

5. Remove the tape from the container of bees.

6. Place the container of bees inside the house on top of the nesting material with the hole pointing outward.

 For Medium and Large kits, which contain multiple containers of bees, follow these steps:

  1. Remove tape from half of the emergence tubes. Place them inside the house above the nesting block with its hole pointing outward.
  2. Keep the second half of the emergence tubes in your refrigerator to delay emergence. Don’t seal in plastic; bees need to breathe.
  3. After 10 days, remove them from your refrigerator, remove tape, and place them inside the house on top of nesting block
    alongside the first container(s).

 

How to Care for the Bee House

Check on the bee house every few days (or more often if you like). Look for wetness, disturbance, availability of mud,
and speedy-hole plugging.

Periodically, check the bee house for these 4 things:

1. Wetness – if wind blew in rain or sprinklers are spraying the house, tip the house down a bit more. Make necessary
adjustments without relocating the house.

2. Disturbance – If you have lots of birds in your yard, you may need to cover the front of the house with a piece of
chicken wire or wire mess with holes large enough for the bees to pass through easily. Occasionally, birds try to
build nests inside a bee house.

3. Mud – Nearby mud is essential to these Mason Bees so they can build bee cells and plug the holes. If necessary,
locate a mud hole within 20-30 feet. The bees like to “find the mud” rather than have it offered at their front door.
The simplest method is to dig one shovel of soil out, add a bag of Mason Bee Clay (available from our online store),
mix it into the hole, add water with your garden hose, and let the water dissipate. Water as needed to keep it moist.

4. Speedy-Hole Plugging – Count how many holes remain unplugged. If you have fewer than 25% remaining available,
please call or email us promptly.

 

Small Kit

Medium Kit

Large Kit

Total Holes in Nesting Block

48

96

192

25% of Total Holes:

12

24

48

 

If # of unplugged holes is fewer than this, please contact us.
You may have such a great yard for growing bees that the kit is too small. We can discuss obtaining another nesting block, free of charge, if enough of the season still remains.

       

 


 If you have any questions or concerns, contact us right away. We care about 
the bees and appreciate your concern as well. Thank you for sharing any news, exciting or 
concerning, about the bees.


How to Return the Kit

1. Around the end of May or early June, the bees will have finished their pollination duties and their life cycle will conclude.
    You can expect an email with dates and locations of our bee return schedule.

2. Just before your drop off time, follow these steps to retrieve the kit:

- GENTLY remove the kit from its hanging site. At this stage, the babies are vulnerable to movement.

- Carry the bee house with the open side up. Avoid jerky movements.
   If they get knocked off their food source they will starve.

- Place the bee house on the floor of your car and prop it up to avoid tipping.

3. When you arrive, tell us the number of plugged holes in the nesting block. That number is recorded
and helps us estimate of how many baby bees are inside. We will celebrate your success with you.

 


 Thank you for hosting mason bees in your yard and enjoying the bounty these natural pollinators offer!