Spring Mason Bee Large Kit (includes 100-120 bees)
YOUR MASON BEE KIT WILL ARRIVE IN SPRING 2022
Pollinate your garden with mason bees! The Large Kit is ideal for the avid gardener or backyard orchardist (those with 5 or more mature fruit trees), and is also a good option for renters who have filled up a standard Mason Bee Kit in the past. The Large Kit contains over 100 bee cocoons in two tubes so you can choose to release your bees all at the same time, or stagger to prolong your bees' flying season.
This package includes: a custom mason bee nesting block, 100-120 mason bees cocoons inside of two white emergence tubes, and an outer wooden house (painted black). The back of the house has a hook, making the kit ready to hang. If your yard already has a permanent bee house, consider renting the Large Insert.
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: Receive kit
March-June: Hang the black house in the sunniest spot in your yard. Put your mason bee nesting block in your house or shelter, take the tape off of the emergence tubes and set them in the house 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 from us when it is time to bring mason bees into your garage or basement to protect them from predators.
September: You will receive a notice by email when it is time to send the nesting block back to us. The mason bees are now inside of their study cocoons and are safe to ship by mail. Use the priority shipping box your bees arrived in and the return shipping label included to send the bees back to us. We will clean the nesting block and cocoons bees and prepare them for hibernation during winter months, which is necessary for maintaining healthy bee populations.