"Why aren't my bees nesting?" is one of the most common questions we receive from our bee raisers.
Various factors could be at play in this scenario. Bees are wild animals, after all, and we can't (and shouldn't) expect them to nest in our bee house just because we'd like them to. However, it could very likely be due to the bees' sensitivity to pesticides and lawn treatments, including insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides.
Even if you refrain from using chemicals in your yard and garden, they may still be present due to these treatments' highly mobile, accumulating nature. Unfortunately, this means even if we do everything right, the wind and rain may still carry pesticides and chemical scents into our yards from neighboring lawns and gardens.
We understand talking to your neighbors about their lawn treatments, and pesticide use can be tricky, but it is important! To help you get the conversation started, we've created this ready-to-print pamphlet full of information for you to share with your neighbors. If you drop it in your neighbor's mailboxes, we suggest personalizing it with your name and signature so your neighbors know who to go to to learn more.
Engaging other people with the issues is a powerful means for increasing awareness and making positive change! Your bees (and other pollinators) will thank you!
If you are looking for a short and sweet version, check out our ready-to-print: Hi, Neighbor - Half Sheet.
Printing instructions: It may look like the words are too close to the left and right margins, but this is purposefully done so when you fold the pamphlet, the content doesn't overlap with the folds.
Make sure you set your printer settings to print on both sides of the paper AND choose the option to flip the page on the short side. If you flip on the long side, one side will be upside-down.