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Spring Cottage and 48-Hole Wood Tray Set for Mason Bees


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Short Description

Our Spring Cottage Set is a great starter kit for the serious mason bee raiser who does not want to compromise style.

Bees not included.



Our Spring Cottage Set offers both function and style for the serious mason bee raiser.

Cottage bee house

  • Made of Northwest cedar
  • Overhang helps keep your reusable wood tray and bees dry.
  • Sufficient space to place a cocoon release box behind or on top of wood trays.
  • Size:  9" H x 7 1/2" W x 8 3/4" D

Reusable wood nesting trays

  • Seven wood trays designed to stack upon each other, creating 48 holes.
  • The nesting trays are re-usable which controls year-to-year costs.
  • Each tray has side notches that lock into neighboring trays, retain alignment, and help block pests from entering on the side.
  • The front of the wood trays have a varied depth and have been lightly burnished to create a unique pattern that helps the mason bee orient on its hole.
  • Includes synch straps that help hold the trays tightly in place each season.
  • Stack measures approximately 3 1/2" H x 5 1/2" W x 6 1/4" D
  • Nesting hole diameter: 8mm

All you need are a few mason bees to get pollinating!

Additional Information

Additional Information


The Cottage Bee House can either be hung or sat on any flat surface preferably facing the early morning sun. It can be easily mounted on a wall or secure structure using a nail or screw which is then inserted into the keyhole in back of the Cottage House.  Suggested height to hang your Cottage House would be between 5-7 feet above the ground to keep your house away from pests but still allow for easy viewing.  Locate the Cottage hoouse within 100 - 300 ft. of  the bees' potential pollen source.  Mud availability for your bees near their house will be essential for successful bee raising.  Crown Bees highly recommends that you dig a hole in the ground near where you set up your house so the females bees can successfully find mud.  


Spring Use

  1. Put the Cottage Mason Bee House and wood tray out in Mid-March or early April when daytime temperatures are approximately 50-55ºF or higher and pollen sources (trees/shrubs/flowers) are beginning to bloom.  Emerging bees looking for a place to call "home" will also be hungry critters.
  2. Trays will originally arrive with plastic bands around them to hold trays together and are to be left in place during first season of use.  Cinch straps attached to trays may be removed and stored for future use. Note:  Cardboard on back of trays is for closing off the back side of holes and should not be removed. This will help to keep pests from gaining access to nesting females and their eggs.
  3. The wood trays need to be located in a dry location so that rain will not soak the wood and/or cardboard backing.  The cardboard backing is vital in pest control for your bees.                                                                                         
  4. When spring mason bee activity has ceased (early to mid-June), remove trays from bee house and store in a garage or well ventilated shed (see below).


Summer Storage

Store the nesting trays with cardboard backing on bottom, holes facintg up.  We recommend storing the tray in a BeeGuardian bag or other sack or container that will allow air to circulate and will help to keep pests out.  Typical summer temperatures will help developing larvae to mature into fully formed adult bees.


Fall harvesting and Cleaning/Storage of Tray

  1. Remove bands or cinch straps from around trays, setting cardboard backing to side.  Separate trays one at a time, removing cocoons as you go.
  2. Carefully scrape cocoons from wood channels to avoid crushing them. The shaft of a flat head screwdriver works well to gently push cocoons from the channels.  Separate the cocoons from other materials such as pollen and mud. 
  3. Clean blocks with a scrub brush and restack them.
  4. Re-strap the trays using the cinch straps provided, being sure to get cardboard flaps cinched under rear strap.  
  5. Store trays in garage or shed for use next spring.
  6. Refrigerate your harvested cocoons at 34-37° degrees until next spring and put them out with the nesting trays.  If stored in a modern frost-free refrigerator, keep your cocoons in a HumidiBee (mason bee humidity chamber) or the crisper drawer, making sure that they are kept slightly moist.

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