Bee Hotels Help Pollinate Your Garden!!

We Need Bees For Pollination And Bee Hotels Save The Bees!

Your yard is already home to many insects, so why not give bees a place to live! Bee Hotels are a great way to attract these pollinators to your garden. Studies show that residential and country gardens tended to house more native bees than those at community gardens, parks, and building rooftops.

Bee Hotel In The Garden
Bee Hotel In The Garden

Unlike honey bees and bumblebees that live in hives, over 90% of bees are called ‘Solitary Bees’ as they live alone! These very small bees do not make honey, they don’t swarm, and they don’t sting! Unless maybe you’re walking barefoot and get one between your toes! But because they are not protecting a hive, they are not aggressive. The females will build their own nest, and other females of the same species will build next to them, called aggregations.

There are 4,000 species of bees native to North America and they are far more efficient in pollinating than the more common honeybee. Native bees are losing habitat at an alarming rate. This is leading to a big decline in population due to loss of feeding and nesting habitats. You can help save these bees by creating a house for them in your garden!

Bee hotels are usually made out of some sort of box or container that is filled with sticks, pine cones, bamboo shoots, reeds,or logs with holes drilled in them. Bricks with holes work well, as do clay pots or cinder blocks. These homes provide choices for bees and gives them shelter. Building a bee hotel only takes a little time.

Bee Hotel Using Log Slices
Bee Hotel Using Log Slices

You can use stuff you already have lying around! A waterproof top is essential to keep driving rain off the nests.

Place your bee hotel about three feet off the ground with no vegetation around it. Face the front in full sun to the southeast or south. This allows the cold-blooded bees to have the warm rays in the morning to wake them up and get them out buzzing and pollinating! Fix the house firmly so it doesn’t sway in the breeze.

You may need to move the hotel to somewhere dry and cold in the autumn and winter to protect the baby bees that are wintering over. Do not store where it is warm – they need the cold!

The nest reeds and holes need to be cleaned out at least every other year to avoid mold, mildew, and parasites. Do this in the summer, after the young bees have emerged. Since bees are the most important pollinators on earth, why not attract these hearty fellows to your yard, and give them a wonderful place to live while they work! To see some examples for sale, click here.

 

 

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