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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 require 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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