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Replacement Liners Canned Bees

Replacement Liners Canned Bees


Replacement Liners for Canned Bees Starter Kit.

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"You have probably heard of the recent plight of the honey bee. Now there is hope for home fruit crops in the blue orchard bee, or as it is more commonly called, orchard mason bee. The orchard mason bee has become a helpful ally in the search for an effective fruit tree pollinator. To maximize the number of bees for the most effective pollination, attention should be given to the depth of the home. When the orchard mason bee lays eggs that will hatch the following spring, it lays female eggs towards the back in each liner and male eggs towards the front of the liner. Too narrow and/or too shallow of a liner has the tendency to produce mostly male bees. All of our homes are of the appropriate size. Our Nester and Canned Bees Starter Kits have nesting tubes which consist of a liner, guard tube, and plastic end plug. The liners and guard tubes are the recommended diameter and depth.

Each spring when the bees emerge and begin nesting, remove the used liners and replace with new liners. In late September, remove the container to a cool location for hibernation. You can remove the now-filled liners and either refrigerate them or place in a cardboard box insulated with newspaper and store in an unheated outbuilding. Hibernation at 38°F is perfect. Put the bees out again in the early spring, just before blossoms break.
Mason Bee Homes
Fully assembled, these easy to clean, beautifully built mason bee homes feature solid wood construction, overhangs to protect bees from weather and sun, emerging rooms for the cocoons, and our reusable Quicklock Nesting Trays.

An alternative system for mason bee nesting boxes. No need for straws & liners with these reusable Quicklock Nesting Trays. Each tray is grooved, so when paired, the matching grooves form 6 complete tunnels for the bees to nest. These paired trays are stackable to fit into the Mason Bee Homes (ZBE015 & ZBE016). With this system, the trays can be snapped apart in the fall, the bee cocoons harvested, and then placed in the emerging rooms of the homes. The grooves can then be cleaned, snapped back together, restacked, and set into the structure, ready for the next generation of mason bees to nest in the spring. For a complete, easy to follow reference guide, see the book, Pollination With Mason Bees (ZBK115).