I installed a bee hotel in my garden this year and it's been very popular and is stuffed full of leaf cutter bee nests. I'm moving house next week and I'm concerned that the new owners will throw the hotel away if I leave it behind. Is it possible to move a bee hotel or is that likely to disturb everything growing inside? I want to do the thing that is most likely to see the new bees through to hatching next year!
I agree with Trace. I don't think it's worth risking your bees with strangers.
I think it's best not to move bees but sometimes it's unavoidable. I don't know much about mason bees but this link suggests that moving them is possible. Moving mason bees.
To move honey bees more than a couple feet I close off the entrances at night when they are all inside. Then move them the next day. Remove the hard barrier but give them another obstacle. Block the entrance with some grass clippings & twigs to make them work their way out. Place a small tree branch in front of the entrance so they immediately realize something is different once they get out. When they get out they see the branch & fly around in circles a few minutes to reset their bee GPS. I suspect a similar procedure would work well for mason bees.
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Thank you - that's really helpful! I'm not sure if any bees are actively living there or just laying an egg/making a nest but seems sensible to do it the way you suggested. Hope they like their new home!
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