Solitary bees use bee hotels to build their homes. Many bee species may live there, including mason bees, leaf cutter bees, and little carpenter bees. These bees do not dwell in hives. Each tube houses a female bee who lays 5-7 eggs. They do not produce honey. Because they are not protecting a hive, solitary bees are significantly less prone to sting than honeybees. In the little holes, these bees lay their eggs. When bees use your hotel, they build a mud “door” to hide the entrance hole. This indicates that a female bee has put an egg within. After hatching, the bee will consume pollen until it is ready to burst through the mud and fly away.
It is essential to provide bees with safe havens. Bee hotels are also an excellent way to attract pollinators to your flower or vegetable garden.
How do you get bees to come to a bee house?
A bee house in the garden is a pleasant family project that also benefits native bees. To attract bees to a bee house, give appropriate housing, a mud source, a pollinator garden, and an attractant spray.
Make certain that no foliage obscures or shades the nest entrances.
Hang your bee houses somewhere sheltered, at least three feet from the ground, with the holes facing south or east to catch the morning sun. There are no legal constraints on where they can be installed.
Place the nest box in a stable, fixed location that will not wobble in the wind and will not be easily knocked or removed.
Remember that one of the reasons for having a bee nest box is to see the fascinating behaviors of the bees that visit your garden, so place it somewhere you will view it on a regular basis.
A honey bee water station called Bee Oasis.
Giving the bees a secure location to hydrate without drowning.
When should a bee hotel be placed out?
When the temperature starts to fall, it’s preferable to relocate the house inside a garage or garden shed for the winter to shelter the developing bees from the worst of the cold. When it’s time for them to leave the house in the spring, you can hang it back outdoors in a sunny area. The ideal time to install a bee house is in late winter for mason bees that nest in the spring.
The bees will eventually find it, though it might take them some time.