How the InvitaBee™  works

  • Mason bees use their sense of smell and sight to locate a new hole.  Their vision is limited to less than 20′ but they can track down smells from great distancesmason bee attractant
  • In spring of 2010, an almond industry mason bee pollination company worked with the ARS/Logan Bee Lab to determine if the blue orchard bee is attracted to a specific nesting scent
  • In spring of 2011, they determined their experiment was a success.  Mason bees are attracted to a specific nesting scent.  This company is developing a synthetic scent to attract mason bees
  • Crown bees has developed a natural attracting scent using the specific mason bee nesting material for the blue orchard mason bee and another for the hornfaced mason bee
  • The use of this Bee Attractant will increase nesting behavior of newly emerged mason bees and attract downwind wild mason bee
  • In independent studies, mason bees prefer blue to other colors (thus the blue cotton canvas cloth!)

How to use the InvitaBee™

  • The natural sent is saturated into this 100% canvas cloth and will hold it’s smell about three weeks under normal conditions (not wet, not subjected to heavy winds)mason Bee Attractant in cellophane
  • Place one of the two scent cloths between your nesting material when the day temperatures reach about 52°.  (Or when you feel the bees may begin emerging)
  • Extend about half an inch to one inch beyond your nesting material
  • Keep the second scent cloth secured in the cellophane pouch until needed
  • Add the second scent cloth to your nesting material about three weeks after the first was placed
  • Remember, it’s not a good idea to move nesting tubes if bees have begun nesting
  • Leave the scent cloths within the nesting material until the season is complete

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