Will the bees disperse or fly off?
Q. Will the bees disperse or fly off?
When bees emerge they can either nest in the house where they emerged or fly away in search of a new nesting site, this is called dispersal.
Summer leafcutter bees are more likely to disperse than spring mason bees but both bees are capable of dispersing after emergence. For this reason, we sell a higher quantity of leafcutter cocoons. To reduce the bee dispersal rate, avoid lawn care chemicals and provide a plenty of blooms near the bee house.
Ensuring a supply of moist clayey mud will reduce dispersal of spring mason bees. In addition, releasing bee cocoons in the morning or evening lessens the chance of dispersal.
See our Bee Friendly Garden page for more tips.