by: Kohr Harlan
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Help is on the way for people who want blooms on backyard plants and orchards.
As mason bees are emerging from a long winter hibernation, a Washington-based company called Rent Mason Bees is looking for backyards to site new colonies! The bees do not sting, they are great pollinators and can be a great science project for kids while schools are closed.
“They take care of themselves, they hatch out as nature allows,” said Jim Watts of Rent Mason Bees. “When it warms up they just naturally hatch out. It is in sequence with the blooming plants in your yard because they’re native.”
Rent Mason Bees makes it easy for people to host bees. Visit their website to order a mason bee kit that includes: bee house, nesting block and 50-60 mason bees. You hang it in a warm morning spot and mason bees pollinate your yard during their 6-8 week lifespan. They’ll lay eggs in the nesting block that you then mail back when the bees’ work in the nest is finished.
Posted: Mar 31, 2020