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The Hidden Dangers of Bamboo

Thursday, June 1, 2017 3:18:08 PM America/Los_Angeles

Backyard bee houses or bee hotels have become so popular that large garden distributors have started selling quickly made nesting habitats. When these products are made from drilled blocks of wood or bamboo tubes, they actually do more harm than good for local hole-nesting bees. These companies intentions are in the right place but they lack the knowledge of the pests and diseases that can harm bees.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care Leafcutter Bee Care Wild Bee Care By Demarus Tevuk Sandlin

Learn About the Bees + the Bees

Monday, January 15, 2018 2:02:21 PM America/Los_Angeles

It's the time of year to talk about the bees and the bees! Even though the world is home to a huge diversity of bee species, they all share a common feature - mother bees are able to choose the sex of each egg! Learn how sex determination works and why we all need to avoid neonic pesticides.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care Leafcutter Bee Care Wild Bee Care By Demarus Tevuk Sandlin

Spring Mason Bee House Setup Tips

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 4:29:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Setting up your bee house for spring mason bees is easy and only takes a few minutes.

Here are our expert tips for setting up your bee house in a location that mason bees will love!

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Tevuk Sandlin

Feeding Early Emerged Bees

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 5:19:34 PM America/Los_Angeles

Sometimes, spring mason bees wake up before your fruit trees and berry plants start blooming. Don't worry, you can provide bees who emerged early inside of your HumidiBee with a couple of options. Includes how to set out cocoons.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Tevuk Sandlin

Moving Day for Native Bees

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:02:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

Native hole-nesting bees, just like any creature, have their own set of diseases and pests that, when left unchecked, can harm or kill them.

We know that our native mason and leafcutter bees are unable to clean out their nesting holes. Nesting holes should be opened once a year to remove diseases like chalkbrood (a deadly fungal infection) and pests like pollen mites (they eat the pollen loaf before the larvae can). At the very least, fresh nesting holes should be provided every year.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care Leafcutter Bee Care Wild Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Setting Out Spring Mason Bee Cocoons

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:52:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Releasing, or setting out, spring mason bee cocoons is easy and there are a few guidelines that you should follow to keep the bees happy and healthy.

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• Spring mason bees need a minimum daytime temperature of about 55F/13C (don’t worry about nighttime temperatures) and they need open blooms to feed.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Making Mud for Mason Bees

Thursday, March 1, 2018 1:07:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Mason bees are named after masonry for a reason since female mason bees protect each nesting chamber with a wall of clayey mud.

If mason bees can't find clayey mud nearby their bee house, they simply won't nest and will fly away to find another site. Female mason bees carry a mud ball in their large mandibles (jaws) and they are looking for a mud that they can manipulate.

Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

When Mason Bees Fly

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 7:03:39 PM America/Los_Angeles

Your bee house is set up, the weather is warming, your fruit blooms are open, and your mason bee mud supply is ready – what happens when mason bees start flying?

This stage of raising mason bees is what I like to call Wait & Watch and it’s the best part of raising spring mason bees.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Blueberry Farm Pollination with Mason Bees

Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:23:44 PM America/Los_Angeles

Blue orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria) are native bees that are active in the spring and are the perfect pollinators for blueberry fields.

Emerging from their cocoons in the spring, they fly in cooler and wetter weather than honey bees. Instead of living in a hive, mason bees live in pre-made holes and every female bee takes care of her own nest.

0 Comments | Posted in Pro Tips Mason Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Bee Lawns: Take it Easy

Friday, May 11, 2018 1:24:42 PM America/Los_Angeles

One of the many stressors that today's bees face is a loss of flowering habitat.

An easy way to increase and improve habitat is to convert our grass lawns, which to a bee is a food desert, to flowering bee lawns. A bee lawn will attract and feed bees while it saves us time, money, and effort.

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