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Mason bee hotel

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These days honey bee colonies are under pressure from mites, virusses and pesticides. A little help from mason bees will certainly be appreciated in orchards and gardens.

This little hotel is made of recycled material. The cans are emptied , rinsed, spraypainted and filled with bamboo or reed cut to length with a metal saw. No need to plug the back end, the bees know how to do it. The roof is made out of recycled plastic shingles which are used for protecting cables burried in the ground. The cans and roof are attached to the backboard with screws and construction glue.

This little project is also fun to watch when action is going on. A few days after I hung the construction in my garden, the first bees moved in. The advantage of this system is that used tubes can easily be replaced.
rookie12 years ago
Good idea. I plan to use this. I like having gentle bees that don't make honey (I couldn't manage to keep up with a hive for health reasons) but still pollinate everything in sight. My grand kids love to see the bees rolling around in "flower dust". This is a good way to help them for helping me.
rimar20003 years ago
This is a very good thing! The bees are suffering from a disease that kills them, around the world. Maybe not the mason bees, I don't know.
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