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Summer Reusable Wood Trays for Leafcutter Bees - 78-Hole

$34.95

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Summer reusable wood nesting trays (78-Hole) for summer leafcutter bees.

Please consider the InvitaBee option. We know it significantly helps attract these bees!

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Carefully selected Leafcutter bee nesting trays that are perfect for raising leafcutter bees!

  • 7 wood trays designed to stack upon each other, creating 78 holes that are each 1/4" (6mm) in diameter.
  • Designed for about 150  leafcutter cocoons.
  • Wood is a natural habitat for leafcutter bees and provides both natural insulation qualities as well as moisture control. Wood has a natural wicking effect that pulls moisture from the wet pollen & leaf mass.
  • The nesting trays are easy to extract cocoons and are easily cleaned and reassembled. This is important during fall harvest.
  • These rugged 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 are burnished with a torch to be darker to increase the heat for morning flight of the bees.
  • Each block includes two bands to hold trays tightly together.
  • A removable cardboard back panel assists the leafcutter bees by keeping their holes predator-resistant. 
  • Tray weighs in at 0.8 lbs. and is 6" wide x 3 1/2" tall x 6" deep

Optional Leafcutter InvitaBee! Leafcutter bees tend to naturally disperse. Crown Bees has developed a pheromone that has shown to attract more leafcutter bees to nest than disperse. For your success, we strongly encourage you to try this attractant out.

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Instructions

How to use Leafcutter Wood Tray

  • Place the trays outdoors in June or whenever your area is ready for your Leafcutter cocoons to go out for emergence
  • Needs to be located in a spot that will not allow the trays to get soaked due to rain. Provide about 2-3" of overhang.  You can always reuse your Mason Bee House with this trays with no adverse issues to either bee since one is spring and other is a summer pollinator.
  • Once Leafcutters are done flying, bring the trays into a garage or well ventilated shed, (around end of August).
  • Store the trays with the open holes facing up.

Optional Leafcutter InvitaBee! Leafcutter bees tend to naturally disperse. Crown Bees has developed a pheromone that has shown to attract more leafcutter bees to nest than disperse. For your success, we strongly encourage you to try this attractant out.

How to Harvest your Trays 

  • Leafcutters are generally harvested from the trays in January.
  • Remove tape from around the wooden trays stacked together to form the block.
  • Unstack the trays one at a time, carefully removing leafy cocoons from each channel
  • Once all cocoons are removed, the trays are ready to be cleaned and stored for next season.
  • If your tray has green elastic bands, they are reusable year after year.  Simply place the bands around the trays after cleaning.
  • Keep your cocoons in a cooler outside location, protected from predators.  

How to Clean your Trays 

  • Clean the individual trays on both sides with a scrub brush to remove excess pollen and other debris.
  • If your tray has green elastic bands, they are reusable year after year.
  • Store the cartridge in a dry location for next season.
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