Product Setup & Instructions
Our cardboard BeeTubes are a low-cost nesting material and all of our BeeTubes are 6 inches in length. We offer BeeTubes in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm diameters for wild bees, summer leafcutter bees, and spring mason bees. The paper material allows moisture to move through the walls reducing moldy cocoons and improving bee health.
Spring Easy-Tear Inserts: your mason bees should have clean nesting holes each year. Insert refills open easily and are designed for use with spring BeeTubes (8mm) or drilled blocks of wood.
Natural Reeds are bees’ favorite nesting material and when given a choice, hole-nesting bees will use reeds first. Our reeds are gathered from lake beds and swamps and carefully hand cut to uniform length. Reeds naturally vary in diameter size and we offer 7-10mm for spring mason bees and 4-7mm for summer leafcutter bees.
Wood trays are a reusable nesting material that are the quickest to open to harvest cocoons. Our wood trays are sourced locally and are banded together with UV resistant rubber bands for outdoor conditions. The cardboard backing on the rear of the trays provides a closed end to the nesting holes. We burnish the front of the trays to remove splinters, provide a visual pattern for bees to find their nesting hole, and to help warm the bee house in the morning.
The Pollinator Pack provides a variety of nesting hole sizes in a combination of cardboard BeeTubes and Natural Reeds. North America is home to about 1,000 native bees species that nest above ground in nesting holes. Beneficial solitary wasps are also looking for nesting holes and they keep your garden pest population in balance. Native hole-nesting bees and beneficial wasps vary in size and they are looking for a nesting hole that is just the right size for them.
We recommend Clean Bee™ as a safer alternative to bleach for targeting mold, chalkbrood (a fungal spore), and other surface diseases that can harm your bees. Naturally occurring, HOCl is a pure and stable compound that is safe for humans, animals, and insects.
Our InvitaBee attractants are proprietary products that contain a nesting scent attractive to spring mason bees or summer leafcutter bees. Our bees like to nest where bees have nested before and InvitaBee makes your nesting holes smell like home.
Research shows that mason bee cocoons overwintered in a 34-38F (1-3C) controlled environment consume their stored fats much slower than in fluctuating outdoor temperatures. The HumidiBee is a compact case that prevents your overwintering mason bee cocoons from drying out in your fridge. The HumidiBee can safely store about 1,500 spring mason bee cocoons.
Moist clayey mud located within about 25ft of the bee house is vital for successfully raising spring mason bees. Our Mason Bee Mud Mix is 7 oz of dry clay mix that can supply about 100 nesting female bees for a season.
The Mason Bee Mud Box keeps clayey mud moist in yards with very sandy soil and in arid locations like deserts and rooftop and balcony gardens. If your mud is too dry for even one day, mason bees will leave your yard and nest elsewhere. The mud box uses capillary action to keep your clayey mud moist.
The CocoonGuard Bag is a small fine mesh bag that protects your harvested bee cocoons or bee larvae over the winter until the bees are ready to be released in your bee house. Protecting and storing each kind of wild bee or beneficial wasp cocoon in its own CocoonGuard Bag will make managing your bee hotel easier.
The Bee Defender is a dual season pest trap that lures parasitic wasps that prey on solitary hole-nesting bees. The sneaky parasitic wasps are attracted to the same scent as the pheromones in our InvitaBee formulas.