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 your bees to a New Bee Home:
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!