Gardeners introduce solitary bees into their yards and opt to rent our nesting blocks for their bee companions. Managing your solitary bees involves a crucial step of harvesting and cleaning the cocoons and blocks. While some 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.
Our rental program presents an opportunity to actively participate in your community's food sources and promote the development of healthier urban and rural ecosystems with a minimal commitment. We achieve this by connecting with hosts throughout the United States who share a desire to pollinate their yards. We provide these hosts with solitary bee kits, allowing them to release healthy bees into nature, all while witnessing their gardens flourish.
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. They autonomously gather food, locate nesting sites, and lay their own eggs. Some solitary bee species employ existing holes created by birds or insects for egg-laying, while others prefer the nesting blocks we provide.
In the fall, after the developing bees have spun their protective cocoons, hosts return their nesting blocks to Rent Mason Bees. 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.
The subsequent spring sees the return of healthy bees to backyard gardens and their dispatch to farmers across the United States. These industrious bees assist farmers in producing an array of essential foods, including apples, blueberries, pears, cherries, and almonds. Considering that one-third of the food we consume relies on bee pollination, the integration of solitary bees lightens the workload borne by honeybee colonies and bolsters food production.
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