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GIFT OPTION - Send a Mason Bee Starter Kit


Give the Gift of Mason Bees! These gentle, low-maintenance pollinators make an excellent gift for gardeners, families with kids, and the eco-conscious. We will ship the Gift of Mason Bees directly to their home in early spring.

How does it work? At checkout, simply enter the address where you'd like the gift sent to and complete the order form. Then, you can CLICK HERE to print or email a gift certificate to send your friend or family member, with details about their gift and how to register their mason bees. The Gift of Mason Bees will be shipped directly to their home in early spring. They will receive a reminder email two weeks prior to their arrival. Directions on how to install the bee kit will be included in the package along with a return shipping label.

The Gift of Mason Bee includes: a mason bee house, bee nesting block, 50-60 mason bee cocoons inside of a white tube, bag of clay, and pollinator seed packet.

OUR SERVICE INCLUDES FALL CLEANING: At Rent Mason Bees we offer a way for people to be a part of their food source and help native solitary bee populations, but not have to worry about doing the fall cleaning which is critical when hosting mason bees. When you rent our bees, you keep your black house and send your nesting blocks back to us in September. We will then harvest and clean all your cocoons to remove harmful predators like pollen mites, Houdini fly larvae and chalkbrood. Then, we sterilize all your nesting blocks over fire and flame to burn any remaining predators. After they’re all cleaned and dried, we place them on a light table and pick out any non-viable bees. They are then placed in cool storage to safely hibernate over winter. The bees we send you will be healthy, strong and eager to pollinate your blooms.  


Timeline of rented Mason Bee Kit (example for PNW region):
March-June: Receive kit and hang the black house in the sunniest spot in your yard. Put your mason bee nesting block in the black house, take the tape off of the emergence tube and set it in the box next to or on top of the nesting block. Watch the bees work hard to pollinate your fruit trees and lay their offspring in the nesting block. 
June: You will receive an email when it is time to bring mason bees into your garage or basement to protect from predators. 
September: You will receive a notice by email when it is time to send the kit back to us. The mason bees are now fully formed in cocoons and are strong enough to be shipped by mail. Use the box your bees came in and your return shipping label to send the bees back to us. We will clean the nesting block and cocooned bees and prepare them for hibernation during the winter months, which is necessary for maintaining healthy bee populations. 


 

Bee Amazed

Mason bees
visit up to
2,000
flowers a day
400 Mason bees
do the work of
40,000
honey bees
One Mason bee
block can hold
500
eggs
Farmers
release
1,000
bees per acre
to pollinate their
crops