Another fall harvest is complete!! Thank you to everyone who hosted our bees! If you host your own, please make sure to clean your bees every fall to remove all the predators like Houdini flies & pollen mites.
Watch this video as we walk you through our process step by step to learn how.
FIRE– We sterilize all our nesting blocks to remove predators like pollen mites and fungus.
WATER – We give our bees a bath in a mild water and bleach solution to clean off all the mud and predators.
LIGHT – We pick out every cocoon that is no longer viable on our light table.
At Rent Mason Bees we offer a way for people to be a part of their food source and help native solitary pollinators, but not have to worry about doing the fall cleaning which is critical when hosting mason bees.
When you release mason bees into your yard, you help native solitary bee populations which have been on the decline, enrich your habitat because of their incredible belly flopping pollination skills and in doing so strength your ecosystem. Pollinated trees and plants grow bigger and stronger which strengthens soil, provides cleaner air and feeds other wildlife.
Solitary bees are non-stinging and live and work by themselves. They gather their own food, find their own nests and lay their own eggs. They don’t make honey or live in a hive, which makes them non-aggressive. They are incredible pollinators that visit over 2,000 blossoms a day and are known for “belly flopping” onto blossoms, gathering pollen all over their bodies which enables them to pollinate 95% of the flowers they land on.
Please reserve your bees early. Farmers use our bees to pollinate their crops, so we have a limited supply for our gardeners.
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