Step by Step Guides

How to make a native bee nesting house

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Written by Deryn Davidson photographs by In Churl Yo.
Adapted from Wildflower Magazine Summer 2009 VOL. 25, NO. 4.

Step 1

Collect your materials: one or more 4x4-inch blocks of untreated wood, 5/16-inch and 7/16-inch drill bits, drill, a 6x6-inch plank for a roof (optional), and screws for mounting.

 

Step 2

Drill holes of varying sizes in block of wood, leaving about 3/4-inch in between each hole. Do not drill all the way through block; bees will not use if open at both ends.

 

Step 3

Choose the east or southeast side of a building, fence, or tree, with some shelter if possible. If not adding a roof, angle down slightly to prevent water from entering.

 

Step 4

Mount the house with the bottom 3-5 Ĺ-feet above the ground. Do not move again until at least November; you donít want to disrupt the nesting bees!

 

Step 5

Observe the bees to see if they are using the house you provided. Notice what plants they like and add more to your garden to keep a happy, healthy population.

 

Step 6

Check the house a few times a year to make sure it is in order. In the winter, clean out the holes to get it ready for the following spring.

 
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