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When to Remove Mason Bees Nesting Material and Store Over Summer

It’s such a bitter-sweet time of year when mason bees start to slow down and lay their final eggs. Depending on when you released your bees will determine when to remove your mason bee nesting block.
Once you have a full block or you no longer see anymore mason bee activity, you can gently remove it. Please watch the videos below to teach you how to store your block over summer until it’s time to ship back in September.

WHEN TO PUT OUT LEAFCUTTER BEES
Leafcutter bees are summer pollinators and are released when temperatures are a consistent 70+ degrees for the remainder of spring and summer. (Night time temps can dip lower, but daytime needs to be 70+ degrees.) Depending on where you live, that could be now for our hot states or mid to late June for our cooler states.

MONO WASPS: How you can protect your bees
Now is the time mono wasps will start to emerge.
During our fall harvest we light all the cocoons and pick out the non-viable or ones we can tell have mono wasp inside, but when cleaning 3 million cocoons, we may miss some.

Here is how you can help remove any we missed:

1) Dump out your cocoons onto a paper towel
2) Sort cocoons into two piles: Emerged and Not Emerged
3) Snip open the cocoons that have not emerged: (Watch video below to see how to do this.) If you do find mono wasps, please dispose.

HOW TO SNIP THE TIPS OF COCOONS

MEET THE LEAFCUTTER BEES! Their block fits in your black house for summer pollination. They’re the tiny superheroes of our garden, barely bigger than a watermelon seed. Just like their buddies, the mason bees, they’re experts at gathering loose pollen with their special belly hairs, known as scopa. With this awesome skill, they can pollinate an incredible 95% of the plants they visit!
And because they’re so tiny and agile, they can dart around to even the smallest flowers! That means every single bloom gets a visit, helping them produce more food for a magnificent harvest. Leafcutter bees are like the garden’s secret helpers, making sure we have a bounty of delicious fruits and veggies to enjoy!

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Mason bees
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400 Mason bees
do the work of
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honey bees
One Mason bee
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