Homes for Solitary Bees: Interesting bee for sure

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Homes for Solitary Bees

By mcash70
January 12, 2012

All bees are very important for pollination. To keep solitary bees in your garden, build them a house. My husband made a simple one from a 4x4 cut about 15" inches long, with one end cut on a slant. He then drilled several rows of holes about 2 inches deep with varying sizes from 1/6 to 3/8 of an inch. Lastly, he cut a board somewhat larger than the first and nailed it to the slanted end as a roof. Attach the new bee house to a fence or tree for happy bees!!

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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Aug 22, 2014 3:04 PM CST
Thank you Wes, if you make one just make sure you use untreated wood. Thanks for the Acorn tip! I tip my hat to you.

Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Chillybean
Dec 21, 2015 10:46 AM CST
Neat idea! Thank you for sharing this. We'll have to give it a try... our woodpeckers do not come here as much in the summer, so they might be safe. Oh, wait... would they use this for hibernation or just in the warm weather? I know we have the solitary bees already, but it would be nice to have more!

What are the little slits I see between the holes and on the side?
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Dec 21, 2015 11:54 AM CST
Kim, they are used for summer and hibernation. I got rid of those with the slits as I found out it was treated lumber. I bought a couple of different types to replace them. They can also be made by stacking untreated boards together to form a block that would work well too.
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Dec 21, 2015 1:03 PM CST
Thank you. I just wanted to make sure the slits were not something we needed to put in. When we make nesting boxes for the birds, they recommend roughing up the wood under the hole on the inside to make it easier for the birds to cling.

This really does sound like an interesting project and we have plenty of scraps that can work. We have a lot of fun observing the birds at their houses during breeding season and have learned so much about their behaviour. Sure we see insects on the flowers, but it would be so neat to see their lives away from there. We have seen digger wasps build their "nests" and that was fun.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Dec 21, 2015 2:01 PM CST
Your welcome Kim! Don't forget to post photos when the bee house is finished.

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