Cabin Bee House Instructions

Raise your solitary bees in style with our unique bee house. It provides twin hatchery drawers for cocoon release, plus removable cross pieces for wood tray use.


  • 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 re-stain 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 into the bee house with the open end facing out. Ensure the solid wood boards for carpenter bees are in the bee house with pre-drilled nesting holes facing out, and sitting up vertically as indicated in the product photos.

Apply InvitaBee Attractants:

Wear gloves and lightly and evenly spray the included InvitaBee attractants (for mason bees or for leafcutter bees) on the open ends of your nesting material. The scent of InvitaBee lasts for about three weeks, which is ample time to attract nesting bees.

In the fall or winter, uninstall the bee house for storage and this will improve the longevity of the house.

About Paulownia Wood

While it may be new to us, it has been used in Asia for more than a millennium. Resist the temptation to confuse lightweight with "cheap". This lightweight comes with some heavyweight features.

  1. Rot resistant
  2. Good insulator
  3. Nearly knot free
  4. Low shrinkage
  5. Durable
  6. Insect resistant
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