5 Mason Bee Houses in My Amazon Cart
I was first gifted a mason bee house via the She’s Rooted Home Seed Exchange, and I literally cried when I opened the box. I am so passionate about helping our bee population and have always wanted to keep bees. However, I am ready for another full-time job, which bee keeping seems to be.
A great solution for those who love bees, but aren’t ready for bee-keeping is to make or get a mason bee house! Mason bees are even more efficient when it comes to pollinating than honey bees are. Though they don’t give you honey, they are harmless and a great way to get your flowers and veggies properly loved on.
I have found five mason bee houses that I am in love with, and are on Amazon! There are also some tips for attracting mason bees, in the event they don’t just swarm the house immediately (ummm, they won’t).
5 Mason Bee Houses in My Amazon Cart:
1.The Classic, $21.99
This bug and bee house is very classic, charming, and affordable.
2. The Cutie with a Roof, $37.95
I love how simply this is designed, and how it has a good roof, which is great protection for rain and wind.
3. The Pretty Pear, $19.99
This bee and bug house has adorable woven siding, and it can hang! Simple and sweet.
4. The A Frame Bee House, $29.95
I really like this fun cabin-inspired design and that it’s made in the USA.
5. My Bee House, $52.95
This is the exact Mason bee house that I was gifted, and I love it. Simple and easy to clean, made out of cedar.
Tips for Mason Bees:
To attract Mason bees, you need a lot of flowers and some mud. The flowers are for them to get pollen and the mud is for them to gather for protecting their eggs. There’s a great article about it here.
They also make a spray that can attract the bees, however I think having as much pollen accessible as possible is best. You want the bees to have an easy time collecting food.
2. They hibernate
These bees hibernate in the winter, so you can actually move your little home out of the elements for them (place them in a garage, or shed), and then bring them back out in the Spring once frost has passed.
3. They like warm morning sun, and protection
Place your bee house where it gets some warm morning sun, is high enough off the ground to be safe from pests (think 4-6ft), and can be shielded from the elements (covered a bit by brush or an overhang).
4. You can clean and inspect your bee cocoons!
Each Autumn you can take your bee house and clean it! The cocoons the bees are in are very durable, and you can remove them, clean them and inspect for damage or parasites.
These mason bees are quite incredible. All the female bees are essentially queens that raise their babies (single mom power bees!), and don’t rely on the social colony like honey bees. They know how to protect their eggs, and place the female eggs deep into the holes they lay in, with the male bees closer to the exterior. Genius!
I hope you enjoy raising Mason bees like I am! If you have tips, leave them in the comments below.
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