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Thank you for visiting Andrew’s Reclaimed, home of the original reclaimed wood mason bee boxes. Every box is made only from the finest texture old-growth fir or cedar.

The fine texture of these woods can be drilled at high speed with ease, resulting in clean, smooth holes which mason bees prefer. Smooth holes are very easy to clean with a small stiff brush after the bees have emerged, and paper straws will fit the holes of these bee boxes nicely.

Reclaimed western red cedar, due to many years of weathering and age, contains very little if any odor, and has been shown to be perfectly safe to use in bee block construction. However, if fir is the material you prefer, please specify at checkout.

Although mason bees are one of the most widely dispersed species of bee, there are several other bees that will use this nest block, including the hornfaced bees, leafcutters, and, the later-emerging Osmia Californica, a bee that flourishes in the West and will lay its eggs right about the time the Mason Bees have emerged.

With these carefully drilled Mason Bee Boxes, you can bring greater yields from your garden. Simply hang it near your garden, preferably facing East or South, in a sunny spot where the box will be sheltered. An ideal location is on a wall that will receive morning sunlight. Also it is best to have some source of mud nearby. If you live in a drier area, a stray drip-line on a small pile of soil works well.

The mason bee is a proven pollinator, superior to the Bumblebee, due to its earlier start in colder temperatures. Their nesting activity starts as early as February in the lower latitudes and elevations, and as late as June in colder areas.

Unable to burrow nests for their young, Mason Bees usually nest in abandoned beetle burrows in dead logs. They have been shown to prefer smooth 5\/16” holes, which we mimic precisely, using extra-sharp tools to cut the holes.

Upon selecting a nest cavity, the female Mason Bee starts collecting mud to build an initial partition at the far end of the nest cavity. Females usually nest near the site from which they emerged, though not always in the same cavity.

Once this partition is ready, she goes out to collect pollen and nectar, at the same time, to provide food for the eggs she will lay in a linear fashion from the bottom of the cavity, mud, pollen and nectar, egg, mud, pollen and nectar, egg until the cavity is nearly filled. The final layer is always a heavier deposit of mud, to protect her growing babies from harm. The following spring, the fresh bees emerge, to start the cycle all over again, collecting pollen and nectar, and pollinating your garden at the same time.

This garden accessory, once populated with bees, is sure to bring more fruit and vegetables to your garden, and do so in an eco-friendly way.

Ships USPS Parcel Post within 3 days of purchase.

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Cheers,

Andrew

Mason Bee Box, Orchard Bee Nest Box Size 3 FREE SHIPPING IN WASHINGTON STATE

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  • Materials: steel, wood, zinc, wax, iron brand, salvaged, reclaimed, recycled, eco friendly, sustainable, cedar, rough sawn brown wood, bee block
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