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NEWS – Where Do Mason Bees Live?

Mason bee mandibles are not strong enough to chew wood, so they rely on pre-existing nesting holes. In nature, this could include insect holes, hollow stems, woodpecker holes and cracks and crevices. A growing number of gardeners are installing bee hotels in their yards to attract these sweet little bees. However, many of these mason bee habitats may inadvertently pose a threat to mason bee populations, as their proper maintenance and care are often overlooked by well-intentioned individuals striving to support these important pollinators. When you set out a “bee hotel” to attract mason bees, you’re also attracting invasive predators. In nature, they find natural crevices in their environment that are camouflaged and harder for predators to find. But a bee hotel? It’s like hanging up a neon sign flashing “vacancy,” and you give predators an invitation to enter.

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