RAISING NATIVE BEES: FUN AND EASY!

QUICK NATIVE BEE FACTS:
  • BEES PROVIDE 70% OF OUR PRODUCE, AND AN AVERAGE OF EVERY THIRD BITE ON OUR PLATES.
  • NATIVE BEES (e.g. MASON AND LEAFCUTTER BEES) POLLINATE ~ 70 TIMES BETTER THAN HONEY BEES, AND ARE ACTIVE IN THE SPRING-SUMMER.
  • NATIVE BEES ARE LOCATED ACROSS THE USA, SO NO NEED TO SHIP THEM, JUST HOUSE AND FEED THEM.
  • NATIVE BEES ARE VERY GENTLE AND RARELY STING.
  • NATIVE BEES DO NOT REQUIRE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING TO ENJOY.
  • NATIVE BEE POPULATIONS, LIKE HONEY BEE POPULATIONS, ARE RAPIDLY DECLINING!  ALL BEES NEED OUR HELP!!!
  • KEEPING NATIVE BEES IS ONE WAY TO HELP, HERE'S HOW TO GET STARTED!
MASON BEE SPRING NECESSITIES:  
  1. MILD SPRING TEMPS:  DAYTIME TEMPERATURES REACHING 55 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.
  2. MASON BEES:  COCOONS MAILED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1st and APRIL 29th, PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW!
  3. NATIVE BEE HOUSE:  DURABLE WITH 2" ROOF OVERHANG TO PROTECT NESTING MATERIAL.  USE SAME HOUSE FOR SUMMER BEES JUST REPLACE NESTING HOLES.  TRY OUR NATIVE BEE CHALET HOUSE OR BEAUTIFUL BEETLE KILL PINE HOUSE.  MADE IN THE USA.
  4. NATIVE BEE NESTING HOLES:  6" LONG HOLES AT ROUGHLY 8 mm DIAMETER, UNIQUE FOR MASON BEES.  OUR MASON BEE TRAYS ARE PRECISION-CRAFTED FOR DURABILITY AND SIZE THAT CAN BE REUSED YEAR AFTER YEAR.
  5. LOCATION:  FACE HOUSE TO MORNING SUN AND AFTERNOON SHADE, 5-7 FEET ABOVE GROUND, 100-300 FEET FROM FLOWERS, PROVIDE NEARBY MUD FOR NESTING MATERIAL.
  6. ENJOY:  WATCH YOUR BUSY MASON BEES POLLINATE FOR BIGGER FRUITS AND VEGGIES.
  7. HARVEST:  AT END OF SEASON, PLACE MASON BEE NESTS IN A PROTECTIVE BREATHABLE BAG IN A COOL PLACE LIKE A GARAGE.  HARVEST COCOONS IN FALL AND PLACE IN REFRIGERATOR UNTIL SPRING.  OUR KITS COME WITH ALL NECESSARY ACCESSORIES.
LEAFCUTTER BEE SUMMER NECESSITIES:
  1. HOT SUMMER TEMPS:  DAYTIME TEMPERATURES HIGH 70's DEGREES FAHRENHEIT PLUS.
  2. LEAFCUTTER BEES:  COCOONS MAILED BETWEEN MAY 1st and AUGUST 15th, PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW!
  3. NATIVE BEE HOUSE:  DURABLE WITH 2" ROOF OVERHANG TO PROTECT NESTING MATERIAL.  USE SAME HOUSE FOR SPRING BEES JUST REPLACE NESTING HOLES.  TRY OUR NATIVE BEE COTTAGE OR BEAUTIFUL BEETLE KILL PINE HOUSE.  MADE IN THE USA.
  4. NATIVE BEE NESTING HOLES:  6" LONG HOLES AT ROUGHLY 6 mm DIAMETER, UNIQUE FOR LEAFCUTTER BEES.  OUR LEAFCUTTER BEE TRAYS ARE PRECISION-CRAFTED FOR DURABILITY AND SIZE THAT CAN BE REUSED YEAR AFTER YEAR.
  5. LOCATION:  FACE HOUSE TO MORNING SUN AND AFTERNOON SHADE, 5-7 FEET ABOVE GROUND, 100-300 FEET FROM FLOWERS, PROVIDE NEARBY. NON-FIBROUS PLANTS (e.g. ROSE/LILAC BUSH) FOR NESTING MATERIALS.  PLANTS WILL NOT BE HARMED.
  6. ENJOY:  WATCH YOUR BUSY LEAFCUTTER BEES POLLINATE FOR BIGGER FRUITS AND VEGGIES.
  7. HARVEST:  AT END OF SEASON, PLACE LEAFCUTTER BEE NESTS IN A PROTECTIVE BREATHABLE BAG IN A COOL PLACE LIKE A GARAGE.  HARVEST COCOONS IN FALL AND PLACE IN REFRIGERATOR UNTIL SPRING.  OUR KITS COME WITH ALL NECESSARY ACCESSORIES.