Moving Day for Native Bees
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.
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.
With drilled blocks of wood and bamboo tubes, it only takes one season of disease or pests to move in and overrun the nesting holes. We can't clean and remove pests or disease from drilled blocks or bamboo tubes. Most native and wild hole-nesting bees are also not able to clean their nesting holes in their bee hotel. Non-breathable plastic straws are never recommended because mold can grow from the moisture in the nectar in the pollen loaf.
You can easily move, or transition, your bees from these nesting materials to fresh and easy-to-open nesting holes.
How to Move to a New Bee Home:
|1. Place old filled nesting holes with holes facing up into a paper bag or cardboard box.|
|2. Close the bag or box and with a pencil punch a hole on the side near the top.|
|3. Put the bag or box on the ground beneath the new bee house filled with fresh, healthy nesting materials.|
|4. In the spring, spray InvitaBee Plus+ for mason bees. In the summer, spray InvitaBee for leafcutter bees. Our InvitaBee products make the new nesting holes smell like home and help the bees move in.|
|5. Bees that were hibernating in the old nesting holes will emerge from their cocoons and come out of the hole in the bag or box, but they won't move back into the old home. The bag or box hides the old nesting holes.|
Now your bees will be nesting inside of nesting holes that are healthier for bees because they are breathable, the right size, the right depth, and they are easy to open or replace every year!