Armstrong and Blackberry Pollen Bee Nest

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Have a healthy garden while helping the world's most important and threatened creature, the bee!
  • This scientifically designed Pollen Bee Nest is more effective than natural or wooden man-made bee nests at providing a truly protective nesting place for native solitary pollen bees. This nest has been developed to attract a wide variety these gentle pollinators to your garden. The nest tube sizes, the proprietary volcanic rock filler, the specific color and pattern on the outer nest housing– all are the result of extensive research and testing. Inexpensive Solitary Pollen Bee Nests will improve your garden and the environment by supporting the natural life cycle of native solitary pollen bees.
  • Proprietary granular rock filler prevents moisture from destroying the nests and developing bees. The filler is also an excellent insulator and allows the bees to overwinter inside the nest. Pollen Bees fill the nest tubes and seal the ends. The nest can be left in place year round, only needing an annual cleaning. One nest can produce 100 - 150 gentle, pollinating bees per year.
  • The filler also guards against predatory mites and beetles, making it difficult or impossible for them to travel from one nest tube to another. The vented filler plug keeps the filler aerated, further protecting the nest from dampness. With its sturdy weatherproof design the nest can be left outside throughout the year, providing a safe, warm home for the developing bees.
  • Pollen Bees such as the Mason Bees and Leaf-Cutter Bees that nest in cavities above ground are the most vulnerable to predators and weather. The nest design addresses these problems. The plastic weatherproof body keeps all the inner components dry and secure. The 20 nest tubes are of different diameters to allow a variety of Solitary Bees to use the nest for their home. The molded, waterproof baffles at the front and back protect the tubes from attack by birds and rodents while also holding the tubes in place.
  • Each nest includes self adhesive discs to cover the nest tube ends as they become filled. The discs provide an extra layer of protection from predators and weather.
  • Our nests are designed to be fairly maintenance free, but over time, debris and mites can build up inside the nest tubes. We would recommend an annual clean once you have seen the bees emerge from the nest tubes.
  • Solitary Pollen Bee Nests are constructed from 100% recycled styrene. Material components and packaging are sourced 60% in the U.S.A., 40% in Canada. The nests are designed and assembled in Canada.

 

  • Solitary Pollen Bee Nests are easy to install. Preferably place the nest in a sheltered south-easterly facing position; Solitary Bees are cold blooded and need the sun to warm them up in the morning. Place the bee nest(s) near the area to be pollinated. Mason Bees need a source of mud close by that they use to seal the egg chambers. If the nest is placed in a dry area, put some soil and a shallow bowl of water near the nest. Putting a stone in the water makes it easy for the bees to land and collect water. Remember to change the water regularly.
  • A height from 12" to 50" is recommended. Locate the nest on a post, wall or tree using the two nails supplied. Install the nest with a slope of ¼" down to the front. This will stop water from running into the nesting tubes. The nails can be left projecting to obtain the slope.
  • It is unlikely that the Pollen Bees will start using your nest immediately, but if after a few weeks there are no bees using the tubes, relocate to another area in your garden. Some bees do not completely fill the tubes but seal them further inside so check carefully before moving. The developing bees will stay in the nest tubes until the next year, emerging at approximately the same time that the female laid the egg the previous year.
  • The nest can be left out year round as the proprietary granular filler will insulate the nesting tubes and keep them dry. If you wish to store the nest in a garden shed, keep it horizontal and place it outside again in the early spring.
  • During the year as the nest tubes become filled, place an adhesive disc (supplied with the kit) over the occupied nest tube. This will help prevent pests and parasites from raiding it. The bees will chew through the disc when ready to emerge or you can remove at the first sign of warm spring weather.