Care Instructions

How to Pick a Spot for the Leafcutter 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 out to keep inside dry.

4. If needed, place the nesting material block back in the house.

5. DO NOT remove the tape from the nesting block.

 

How to Care for the Bee House

1. Check on the bee house every few days (or more often if you like).

2. Look for wetness inside the house especially after a storm.

You will see activity from the middle of July onward. After they start laying eggs in the nesting block,
don’t expect to see full holes. Even if you do not see “front door plugs” of leaf material, know that
down inside there are lots of baby leafcutter bees in the nest.

 


 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 August, these leafcutter 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 scheduled appointment 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.

When you arrive, we will celebrate your success with you.

 


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