Beekeeping forum: mason bees

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pepito54
Jun 24, 2014 7:46 PM CST
I live in zone5. Saginaw is the middle of the mitten in Michigan. I have some ceder 4x4s that I would like to use for houses for the bees.Is ceder a bad choice for them. Also I would like to know what size holes are ideal. Thankyou!
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Mindy03
Jun 25, 2014 9:15 AM CST

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HI pepito54 I don't know much about mason bees but went looking for information for you.
According to this site cedar is fine.
http://www.crownbees.com/choosing-a-mason-bee-house/

This site tells how to make a mason bee house and for your size wood recommends 5/16 of an inch drill bit for mason bees. It says drill the holes 3 1/2 inches deep.
http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening...

Good luck

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