Sold out for spring 2019. Mason bees will be available for pick up starting in February 2020.
Pollinate your garden all spring and summer long with gentle, solitary bees! We will ship the bees directly to your door prior to the bloom of your fruit trees with everything you need to host both mason and leafcutter bees. A return label is included with your kit.
Your package will include: 60 mason bee cocoons in an emergence tube, mason bee nesting block, hangable wood house, a nesting block filled with 150 leafcutter bees, a packet of flower seeds, and a bag of clay.
The kit will also contain instructions for how to hang the house, when to put out each bee species, how to send the bees back, and a return shipping label.
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 the bees are not returned to our facility in NW Washington State in September, your credit card will be charged the retail amount of the kit ($250).
Timeline of pollination 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.
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. Put your leafcutter bee block in your garage or basement as they will not be ready to emerge until the summer.
June: You will receive an email when it is time to bring mason bees into your garage or basement to protect from predators. At that time, insert your leafcutter bee block into your black house. The leafcutter bees are already in the block. Once temperatures reach 80F, they will be triggered to hatch out of the block.
June-August: Watch your vegetable garden thrive as your leafcutter bees are flying around and pollinating your crops and use the nesting block to lay their eggs.
September: Use the box your bees came in and your return shipping label to send us back the bees. We will take 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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