Got Bees?

How healthy are your mason bees?

Our intent is to ensure that your yard obtains the
maximum production of mason bees.

From the outside, your mason bee block seems so healthy! What most mason bee raisers don't realize is how unhealthy their colony of mason bees can be. As a result, your colony is typically closing down once pests arrive. You begin to create mason bee cemeteries after a period of years.

Hidden problems in your colony!

  • Parasitic wasps, chalkbrood and carpet beetles can spread through a colony easily if not controlled.
  • Pollen mites eat the pollen before the mason bee larva can. In a two year old block, up to 70% of the bees can be killed each year.
  • Parasitic wasps can spread through a colony easily if not controlled.
  • In the winter, raccoons, birds, squirrels, and rats attempt to eat these tasty treats.
  • Rain gets into blocks and creates a moldy situation killing off mason bees.
  • Cedar has a natural insecticide. Mason bees will use the holes without realizing their progeny will be killed over time. Most owners don't realize that old holes aren't opening up. Rather, all bees behind are dead and this hole in now a "cemetery", not to be used again.
Mites in straw.
 
Bad case of mites on Mason Bee

The mites beat the mason bee larva here.  The mite feces is the brown/yellow powder.
 
This female was unable to fly due to the mites on her back.  The mites are very tough to remove!

The solution . . . Become a Partner!

  • A new nesting house and paper tubes are supplied to the new partner. The mason bees exit the old blocks and nest in the new house. The new nesting house is yours to keep!
  • Hunter's Mason Bees receives all of the full, partially full, and empty paper tubes from you in June.
  • The pollen mites are eradicated before they can starve the growing larva. Emerging parasitic wasps are killed.
  • The mason bees are harvested in Autumn and the quantities are analyzed to ensure the right amount of bees are brought back to your house/yard next Spring.
  • The mason bees are kept in a controlled refrigerated environment through the winter.
  •  In March, the mason bees (still in cocoons) are provided to you along with new paper tubes for the new season.

How to Become a Partner

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