Instructions: BeeWorks Chalet or Cottage
Instructions: Bee Works Chalet or Cottage
Our BeeWorks Kits come with everything you need to raise gentle mason bees for spring pollination and leafcutter bees for summer pollination. Mason bees and leafcutter bees are active in different seasons and you can use the same bee house to raise both bees.
- Select a location that faces S to SE, morning sun is optimal to warm the bees so they can begin to fly. Provide afternoon shade in hot locations that are consistently above 90F/32C.
- Install bee house on a sturdy wall or fence, at eye level for easy observation of bee activity, about 5ft (1.5m) from the ground to protect from pests and predators.
- Locate the house within 300ft (100m) of your flowers.
- Position your bee house away from birdhouses and bird feeders
In the spring when your blooms are opening and weather warms to 50F/10C, set up the cedar bee house. Place the 24-hole reusable wood tray (8mm) for mason bees, lightly apply InvitaBee Plus+ to the front of the wood tray and set your mason bee cocoons on top and towards the back. Clayey mud is vital to mason bee nesting. If needed, add Mason Bee Mud Mix to a hole in the ground within 25ft of your bee house.
When all female mason bees are done nesting, remove the filled nesting tray and store with open end facing up in the BeeGuard Bag. Store over the summer in an unheated garage or shed.
Summer leafcutter bees fly best with consistent 75F/24C and above. Place 39-hole reusable wood tray (6mm) for leafcutter bees into bee house, lightly apply InvitaBee Spray for Leafcutter Bees to the front of the wood trays and set your leafcutter bee cocoons on top and towards the back.
Summer leafcutter bee activity will stop when the fall weather cools to below 60F/15C. Remove the filled nesting tray and store with open end facing up in the BeeGuard Bag. Store over the winter in an unheated garage or shed.
Harvest your spring mason bee cocoons in the fall between October and December. Store mason bee cocoons in the HumidiBee container in your fridge. Harvest your summer leafcutter cocoons next spring, around the time that you set out your mason bee cocoons.