Mason Bees

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These industrious pollinators are docile and hard to spot. We found out how to welcome these friends to your garden.

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13 Responses to Mason Bees

  1. Oh, male jokes. Wonderful [said sarcastly]

    April 16, 2014 at 4:01 am

  2. Can I have Mason Bees in Lower Alabama ? (Just a little North of Mobile,

    April 16, 2014 at 4:10 am

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    Mirosław Mroczkowski
    April 16, 2014 at 4:27 am

  4. I live in Renton,WA only 20 miles east of Seattle if I put a Mason bee
    house out on my fence will they immediately fly to the house and make it
    there home or do I need to buy Mason bees? Also I have only lived in
    Washington State for at least 11 years and I have only heard about them at
    a garden event back in January at the Tacoma Dome and I am very surprised
    that they don’t sting at all that’s nice. Also should I buy more than one
    Mason bee house if so is two or three more like the magic

    April 16, 2014 at 5:17 am

  5. Anything needed to keep them happy, healthy, and warm during the
    summer/winter? I have logs of wood I could easily drill homes for them to
    cut my price and I get the lumber to my door free of charge. Was watching a
    youtube clip earlier about a mass bee die off in the US and while I’m
    DEATHLY allergic to all forms of wasps/bees/hornets these little guys are
    winners for me and will let me assist the bee population. I live in
    southern edge of Missouri near Arkansas.

    April 16, 2014 at 6:04 am

  6. @PolishExplorer If you are going to buy your bees (right now Jan 2012 they
    are selling for about $25.00 for 20 bees), you’d better do it soon. This is
    about the normal time these bees are sold, as they are harvested this time
    of year. And, as you know, 2011 had a very cold and wet spring–so it was a
    hard year on the bees (plants began flowering at about the average time,
    and then it got cold again, so nothing flowered after the cherrys for
    awhile). Do use reed tubes in WA.

    April 16, 2014 at 6:35 am

  7. When do you put your mason bees out in late winter/early spring? I live in
    Northern California and my cocoons are still in my fridge. Local honeybee
    keepers tell me that there are enough pollen sources for bees right now. Do
    I need to wait for the last frost of the winter before putting them outside?

    April 16, 2014 at 6:40 am

  8. wow… to think that one of these landed on me once and I just wanted it to
    get off of me. I’ve seen them more times than I’ve thought as well and just
    tried to avoid rather than watch it….

    April 16, 2014 at 7:22 am

  9. im not a bee expert but could i be able to keep bees in a box that looks
    like this but with holes in the front? __ I_I I_I I_I

    April 16, 2014 at 8:05 am

  10. Were those cocoons empty or full? If they are full don’t they get stressed
    being moved around? I have observed that without any surface attachment of
    the cocoons to hold them still, the bees need an extra effort to free
    themselves as they try to chew through and squeeze their way out. They can
    end up stuck and rolling around with their heads and front legs half out.

    April 16, 2014 at 8:18 am

  11. Very nice video! What is the best system design?: wood blocks, paper tubes
    etc. Who is your supplier? Thank you

    Duro boyss
    April 16, 2014 at 8:26 am

  12. number.

    April 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

  13. @PolishExplorer it may take them a while to find it, but they eventually do
    find the homes. They look for holes anywhere to make their home and so you
    may even have them already in your yard. if you buy more houses you could
    have a lot more bees. Check with your local garden center to learn the best
    place to put your mason bee houses for the best success.

    Garden Time TV
    April 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

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