Mason bees prefer natural reeds
Each order contains 40 natural lakebed reeds.
Not only do the blue orchard and hornfaced bees prefer reeds, but other native mason bees will use their varying sized holes as well!!
Crown Bees has obtained quality natural lake bed reeds for use with your bees. They have been hand cut with varying hole sizes from 9/32" to 13/32" (7-10mm) and are about 6" long. They will fit into all Crown Bee mason bee homes.
In a side-by-side comparison, a spring mason bee will prefer reeds over tubes or wood trays. We believe the unique shape, color and size of the reeds allow nesting bees to easily find their specific hole.
Reed Bundle is 3" x 6" x 9" in size and weighs approxiamately 0.80 lbs.
Correct placement of the reeds in a mason bee house
- Place the reeds as far back in your mason bee house as possible to protect the reeds and bees from direct rain.
- Spring mason bees are not honey bees and do not prefer the “honeycomb” array of holes to choose from. The females find their hole initially by sight and then by smell as they crawl into it.
- For best success, provide a 3-D effect with your mason bee reeds. Pull some reeds out, place a stick, pencil, or ? between the reeds to help them differentiate!
- Important - If you have unharvested full/partial reeds from last year, put those specifically where you can find them. We suggest rubberbanding them together. Using the same reed three years in a row will bring about pests. You will definitely want to harvest these reeds in the fall.
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