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Chalet or Cottage Summer Kit

$99.95

Availability: In stock

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This medium-sized summer kit includes the popular Chalet House or stylish Cottage House along with (100+) leafcutter bees, leafcutter wood trays and easy to read instructional booklet. Designed for avid summer gardeners desiring to increase pollination of their summer flowers and vegetables.

 



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SUMMER Leafcutter Bees available May—August

  • • Summer bees require temperatures of 75°F (24°C) or warmer AND sufficient sources of pollen/nectar for best performance.
  • • We incubate your summer bees so they arrive ready for immediate placement outdoors.
  • • If you are seeking pollination for your flowering summer vegetables, consider when these plants will flower. A seedling planted in April or May may not produce flowers until June or July.
  • • Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of leafcutter bees to the state of HI, and other countries outside of the continental United States.
  • If you are a Canadian resident, please order from Crown Bees Canada.

KEEP BEES SAFE

  • • A hot mail box can be harmful to developing or emerging bees. If you are not home during the day to retrieve your bees, consider having them shipped to your workplace.
  • • Select the Monday when you would like your bees shipped, allowing 1-5 days for delivery. When the bees ship, you will receive a USPS tracking number by email.

DISCLAIMER

  • • We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may not nest in your yard, may be eaten by birds, and may not emerge from their cocoons. We cannot guarantee survival, pollination of crops, or reproduction of bees.
  • • These bees are gentle, typically non-aggressive and rarely sting, While there have been no known reported cases of anaphylactic shock in association with these bees, the use and handling of solitary bees may result in allergic reaction for some users.
  • • Please consider signing up for BeeMail, our monthly newsletter, designed to provide tips and reminders to help ensure success.

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One of our most popular leafcutter kits

Kit contains:

  • Cedar wood chalet house (10 1/4" height x 10" wide x 8 1/2" deep)or cedar cottage house (10 1/4" height x 7.5" wide x 8 1/2" deep)
  • 104-hole reusable wood trays
  • LeafGuardian bag to protect developing bees.  
  • 16-page instructional booklet about raising solitary bees, Native Bee Guide
  • BeeGuardian Bag

 

Chalet house features 

  • Natural cedar wood which can be easily painted (if desired).
  • Slanted to drain excess rain.
  • 2″ overhang helps protect nesting material and bees from rain.
  • Convenient cocoon release shelf under the roof.
  • Keyhole slot in back for easy installation and removal.
  • Can be placed on secure shelf or mounted to wall or fence.
  • Sized to accommodate wood trays for both spring and summer bees.
  • Designed to hold about 200 leafcutter bees.
  • 100% recyclable.
 

Cottage house features 

  • Natural cedar wood which can be easily painted (if desired).
  • Bowed roof to drain excess rain.
  • 2″ overhang helps protect nesting material from rain.
  • Keyhole slot in back for easy installation and removal.
  • Can be placed on secure shelf or mounted to wall or fence.
  • 100% recyclable.

 Leafcutter nesting trays features

  • Nine quality wood trays with 104 holes, suitable for up to 200 leafcutter bees.
  • Reusable, which controls year-to-year costs.
  • Design makes it easy to manage your bees during harvest
  • Help reduce pest build up
  • Convenient side notches on each tray lock into neighboring trays, retain alignment, and help block pests from entering on the side.
  • Front of trays are lightly burnished to create a unique pattern to help the leafcutter bee orient on its hole. 
  • Trays are dark on the front to provide additional heat.
  • Includes bands that help you keep the trays together each season.

LeafGuardian bag

  • Pests want access to your developing bees!  Your nesting material should be kept in a safe, guarded enclosure to prevent parasitic wasps, birds, carpet beetles, earwigs, and other pests from eating your developing bees.
  • Store and protect your cocoons in the LeafGuardian and keep them in a warm 80°F (31°C) environment until they are ready to emerge.
  • LeafGuardian bag is made in Washington state, and uses industrial organza fabric and drawstrings to secure the opening.

Leafcutter bees

  • Summer generalist that pollinates most flowers as well as melons, peas and other fruits and vegetables.
  • Flies in the upper 70°F (21°C) to ~100°F (38°C) temperatures, making it a perfect summer bee to raise.
  • Solitary bee that is gentle and rarely stings.
  • Great garden pollinator that is also used commercially  throughout Canada and the US.
  • Uses non-fibrous leaves to separate/enclose the pollen/egg (like rose leaves).

Instructional Booklet

Raising mason bees is easy, but gardeners new to these gentle pollinators will appreciate our How-To Guide booklet.

Within this booklet, you’ll gain an overview of the spring mason bees and summer leafcutter bees:

  • Discussion of which bee fits your needs
  • An overview of what you need in your yard
  • Time tables for both spring bees and summer leafcutter bees
  • An overview of pests and what to do about them
  • A summary of bees, nesting material, houses, and accessories to choose what’s right for your situation.

Easy to read, this 16-page booklet is a quick reference guide to help gardeners be successful with both spring and summer mason bees.

Note: Bee house, nesting trays and accessories will ship at time of order.  Bees will ship in season on selected date.

Meeting your expectations: We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most of our customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may find other holes in your yard. They may get eaten by birds and fly/nest best when in their appropriate temperature range. Native bees may not like the smell of chemical lawn/yard treatments or similar chemicals and may fly off to nest elsewhere.

 

 

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