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Spring and Summer BeeWorks Kit - Chalet or Cottage - With Bees

$164.95

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Our best all-in-one kit for raising gentle spring mason and summer leafcutter bees, in your choice of Chalet or Cottage. Hiveless bee-raising kit includes bee house, nesting materials, bee cocoons, and accessories.

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SPRING Mason Bees available February—April

  • • Release spring mason bees when daytime temperatures are consistently 55°F (13°C) or warmer AND there are open blossoms for your hungry bees.
  • • Cocoons can be refrigerated until the appropriate conditions exist for release.
  • • Place cocoons outdoors by May 1 to help ensure that bees emerge in good health with sufficient energy to begin their work.
  • • NOTE: Spring mason bees are not recommended for AK or gulf regions of FL, AL, MS, LA and TX. Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of mason bees to the state of HI, and other countries outside of the continental United States.

KEEP BEES SAFE

  • • A hot mail box can be harmful to developing or emerging bees. If you are not home during the day to retrieve your bees, consider having them shipped to your workplace.
  • • Select the Monday when you would like your bees shipped, allowing 1-5 days for delivery. When the bees ship, you will receive a USPS tracking number by email.

DISCLAIMER

  • • We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may not nest in your yard, may be eaten by birds, and may not emerge from their cocoons. We cannot guarantee survival, pollination of crops, or reproduction of bees.
  • • These bees are gentle, typically non-aggressive and rarely sting, While there have been no known reported cases of anaphylactic shock in association with these bees, the use and handling of solitary bees may result in allergic reaction for some users.
  • • Please consider signing up for BeeMail, our monthly newsletter, designed to provide tips and reminders to help ensure success.

SUMMER Leafcutter Bees available May—August

  • • Summer bees require temperatures of 75°F (24°C) or warmer AND sufficient sources of pollen/nectar for best performance.
  • • We incubate your summer bees so they arrive ready for immediate placement outdoors.
  • • If you are seeking pollination for your flowering summer vegetables, consider when these plants will flower. A seedling planted in April or May may not produce flowers until June or July.
  • • Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of leafcutter bees to the state of HI, and other countries outside of the continental United States.

KEEP BEES SAFE

  • • A hot mail box can be harmful to developing or emerging bees. If you are not home during the day to retrieve your bees, consider having them shipped to your workplace.
  • • Select the Monday when you would like your bees shipped, allowing 1-5 days for delivery. When the bees ship, you will receive a USPS tracking number by email.

DISCLAIMER

  • • We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may not nest in your yard, may be eaten by birds, and may not emerge from their cocoons. We cannot guarantee survival, pollination of crops, or reproduction of bees.
  • • These bees are gentle, typically non-aggressive and rarely sting, While there have been no known reported cases of anaphylactic shock in association with these bees, the use and handling of solitary bees may result in allergic reaction for some users.
  • • Please consider signing up for BeeMail, our monthly newsletter, designed to provide tips and reminders to help ensure success.

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Spring and Summer BeeWorks Kit - Chalet or Cottage Includes:

  • Chalet House, cedar wood (10 1/4" height x 10" wide x 8 1/2" deep)
  • OR Cottage House, cedar wood (10 1/4" height x 7.5" wide x 8 1/2" deep)
  • 24-hole reusable wood nesting tray for spring mason bees
  • 52-hole reusable wood nesting tray for summer leafcutter bees
  • 20 mason bee cocoons acclimated to your region
  • 100 leafcutter cocoons incubated and ready to emerge
  • InvitaBee attractant for summer leafcutter bees
  • Native Bee Guide: our step by step 26-page booklet
  • Total Accessories Package:
    • HumidiBee: humidifier for overwintering mason bee cocoons
    • InvitaBee Plus: exclusive mason bee pheromone attractant
    • BeeGuard Bag: fine mesh bag for protecting developing cocoons
    • Mason Bee Mud: dry clayey mud mix in the texture spring mason bees need
  • Instruction Sheet

Chalet House Features:

  • Natural cedar wood sealed with protective clear coat finish.
  • Peaked roof to drain excess rain.
  • 2″ overhang protects nesting material from rain.
  • Keyhole slot in back for easy installation and removal.
  • Can be placed on secure shelf or mounted to wall or fence.
  • Convenient cocoon release shelf (attic area) under the roof.

Cottage House Features:

  • Natural cedar wood sealed with protective clear coat finish.
  • Curved roof to drain excess rain.
  • 2″ overhang protects nesting material from rain.
  • Keyhole slot in back for easy installation and removal.
  • Can be placed on secure shelf or mounted to wall or fence.

Spring and Summer BeeWorks Kit - Chalet or Cottage ships year round. Chalet or Cottage bee house, nesting trays, booklet, and accessories ship at time of order. Bee cocoons will ship in season on dates selected.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Instructions

1. Install your bee house on a sturdy wall or fence facing the morning sun (south or south-east). Install at eye-level for ease of watching nesting bees.

2. In the spring, place 24-hole reusable wood nesting tray (8mm size holes) into the bee house, open the box of mason bee cocoons and set inside, towards the back. If needed, add Mason Bee Mud to a hole in your yard. Once female mason bees are done nesting, remove and protect the filled nesting tray and store over the summer in an unheated garage or shed. In the fall, harvest mason bee cocoons to remove pests and reduce the spread of disease. Store harvested mason bee cocoons over the winter in the HumidiBee container, which keeps mason bee cocoons moist in your fridge. Add a spoonful of water once per month to Humidibee.

3. In the summer, place 52-hole reusable wood nesting tray (6mm size holes) into the bee house and place your summer leafcutter cocoons inside, towards the back. In the fall, remove filled nesting tray and protect over the winter in the BeeGuard Bag. Harvest summer leafcutter cocoons in early spring and incubate them for next summer's pollination.

4. To extend the life of your bee house, uninstall the bee house and store over the fall and winter in an unheated garage or shed.

5. For detailed bee raising steps, sign up for our BeeMail newsletter!

FAQs

Mason bee cocoons are mailed February through April 30 of each year. Mason bee cocoons can be ordered early and stored in your refrigerator until daytime temps are 55F/13C (or warmer) AND there are open blooms. Be sure to set out your mason bee cocoons by May 1st.

Summer leafcutter bees ship May through August.

Not sure when to have your summer leafcutter bees delivered?  Leafcutter bees need minimum 75F and your summer garden blooms ready to pollinate. If you are planting seeds or small starts, it may be several weeks before the plants are mature enough to blossom.

Please note: Leafcutter bees take about 3 weeks for us to incubate. If you request shipping prior to three weeks from the date of your order, shipping will be on a first come - first serve basis.

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