Pollinator Package Insert (includes 50-60 mason bees & leafcutter bees)
POLLINATOR PACKAGE WILL ARRIVE IN SPRING 2022
Pollinate your garden all spring and summer long with gentle solitary bees! For those who already have an outer bee house in their yard, this insert includes everything you need to host both mason bees and leafcutter bees.
VIDEO - What is inside a Pollinator Package and how to set up your bees. https://youtu.be/CiHTwK52Wj4
Your kit will include: 50-60 mason bee cocoons in an emergence tube, a mason bee nesting block, and a second nesting block filled with 50-60 leafcutter bees, a packet of flower seeds, and a bag of clay. The kit will also contain instructions for how to hang the house, when to put out each bee species, how to send the bees back, and a return shipping label. If you do not have a permanent bee home already, consider renting the complete Pollinator Package.
Mason bees can be shipped to most of the U.S. states. Mason bees cannot be rented in Hawaii, Alaska, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana due to weather conditions being unsuitable for our bees. This kit cannot be mailed to P.O. Boxes.
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 Pollinator Package kit (example for PNW Region):
March: Receive kit
March-June: Put your mason bee nesting block in your bee house in the sunniest spot in your yard, 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 eggs in the nesting block throughout the springtime.
June: You will receive an email when it is time to bring mason bees into your garage or basement to protect from predators. At that time, insert your leafcutter bee block into your bee house. The leafcutter bees are already in the block. Once temperatures reach 80 degrees F, they will be triggered to hatch out of the block.
June-August: Watch your vegetable garden thrive as your leafcutter bees are flying around and pollinating your crops and using the nesting block to lay their eggs.
September: Use the box your bees came in and your return shipping label to send us back the bees inside the nesting blocks. We will do the rest of the work taking care of your bees during the winter months.