LEARN: 2. Getting Started Buying Guide


2.4 What Bees Need

2.4 What Bees Need

Our solitary bees are easy to raise, just add the essentials to your garden or orchard.

  1. Bee house: protect the nesting holes from wind, rain, and if needed, from birds.
  2. Nesting holes: each female bee claims a nesting hole of her own.
  3. Accessories: our solutions increase your success raising bees.
  4. An Educated Beekeeper: read books written by hole-nesting bee experts and sign up for our BeeMail newsletter.

Your garden, orchard, or farm provides a Bee Friendly Garden with plenty of flowers - a single female bee can visit about 2,000 open blooms a day. Your yard also provides natural nest-building materials like clayey mud for spring mason bees or leaves for summer leafcutter bees.

Each bee is looking for a nesting hole that is the optimal size for them. To ensure bee health, open nesting holes to remove bee cocoons and leave pests and diseases behind.

  • Our spring mason bees prefer nesting holes that are 8mm in diameter.
  • Our summer leafcutter bees prefer nesting holes that are 6mm in diameter.
  • Wild bees and beneficial wasps come in many sizes. Support wild bees with nesting holes that are between 4-10mm in diameter.

Our accessories are designed to boost your success in raising gentle hole-nesting bees. We offer pheromone attractants, protective fine mesh bags, clayey mud, winter storage, and pest trap solutions.

Raising our hole-nesting bees only requires an hour or two of your time per year.

Follow our bee-raising steps, tips for success, and check out our books written by bee experts.

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Getting Started Buying Guide