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Release Bees & Rent Nesting Blocks

It's Easy to Host Bees

Gardeners release solitary bees into their yards and rent our nesting blocks. Not many people realize that mason bees need care and maintenance. Mason bees don't stay out year-round, they need new nesting material placed out every spring and they need to be harvested and cleaned in the fall. While some bee enthusiasts enjoy the year-round experience of caring for and cleaning mason bees, we recognize that others prefer a more hands-off approach. For those who want to support bees, aid in pollinating their gardens, and spare themselves the task of cleaning cocoons and nests, sterilizing nesting blocks, and ensuring secure winter storage, our rental program is the ideal solution. We take on the maintenance responsibilities on your behalf.

Solitary bees are nature's most productive pollinators, visiting over 2,000 blossoms daily. Their distinctive "belly-flopping" technique enables them to gather loose pollen across their bodies, resulting in an impressive 95% pollination rate. These gentle, non-stinging bees live and work independently, without producing honey or residing in hives. Their self-sufficiency makes them non-aggressive and incredibly easy to care for. Solitary bees gather their own food, find nesting sites and lay their own eggs. Mason bee mandibles are not strong enough to chew wood, those are the carpenter bees, and rely on pre-made holes for their nest, like your wooden nesting block.

In September, after the developing bees have spun their protective silk cocoons, hosts mail back their nesting blocks with the return label we include with each kit. The nesting blocks and bee cocoons undergo thorough cleaning and sorting to eliminate potential pests such as pollen mites, chalkbrood, and Houdini flies, which pose a threat to native bee species. Once all cocooned bees are meticulously cleaned, they are safely placed in hibernation over the winter. Then, the following Spring, you order refills for your black houses and we will send you clean nesting material and clean bees.

By participating in our program, you play a pivotal role in supporting bee populations, contributing to healthier ecosystems, and alleviating the stress on honeybee colonies, making a tangible impact on local and global food production.

WATCH HOW WE CLEAN AND CARE FOR OUR MASON BEES


Bee Amazed

Mason bees
visit up to
2,000
flowers a day
400 Mason bees
do the work of
40,000
honey bees
One Mason bee
block can hold
500
eggs
Farmers
release
1,000
bees per acre
to pollinate their
crops