Instructions: Spring and Summer Wild Bee Motel or Hotel
Our wooden bee houses are made from Northwest cedar, sustainably sourced from First Nation forests in British Columbia. The joints are glued and stapled to ensure they are structurally sound. The Chalet and Tower houses include an attic space that can be used for cocoon release.
Our bee houses provide a roof and shelter that protects your nesting bees and nesting material from weather and wind. If needed, protection can be added to prevent birds from eating nesting and developing bees.
Our bee motel and bee hotels include a variety of nesting materials for hole-nesting bees of many sizes.
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.
You can paint or restain the bee house. Use low VOC paint and let it dry for a month before installing it.
The keyhole back makes installation easy, just hang the cedar house on a screw or nail. You can also mount the bee house on top of a post.
Place the Natural Reeds and BeeTubes into the bee house with the open end of nesting holes facing out. Ensure the Solid Wood Boards for carpenter bees are in the bee house with pre-drilled nesting holes facing out.
Apply InvitaBee Attractants: Each vial of InvitaBee attractant includes about 20 sprays of the attractant and on average this is enough for two bee houses. Wear gloves and lightly and evenly spray InvitaBee on the open ends of your nesting material. The scent of InvitaBee lasts for about 3 weeks, which is ample time for attracting nesting bees.
In the fall or winter, uninstall the bee house for storage and this will improve the longevity of the house.
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