An estimated 15% of the combined value of U.S fruit, nut, vegetable and field crop production can be attributed to pollination services provided by native bees. This percentage is likely to grow as honeybees are challenged by mites, disease, pesticide exposure and colony collapse. Customer George Schelling wrote us last winter from Hancock County, ME, informing us that the bee nesting boxes we’d been offering were unhealthy for bees because they couldn’t be cleaned out. We’ve replaced them with this next-gen bee house from a family operation in Washington state.
Fill these simple, easy-to-clean plastic houses with natural reeds (please note: reeds sold separately). Replace reeds each season. Solitary bees lay their eggs in any available tunnels, and populations are limited by the number of available sites. To help increase your local populations, screw the base cap stakes along edges of fields and orchards by late April, as most of these bees begin looking for nesting sites in May. NEW!