allen lumley wrote: the female will come back to the same tube or tube set nearly 20 times
allen lumley wrote:You end up with possibility that the last few eggs she lays at the end of her season may not be her best work, a stillborn mason bee
will block the tube for the other mason bees further down in the Mason Bee Nesting Block.
allen lumley wrote:Also, if late in the season 'she' is found by and colonized by Bee Mites they will get carried back to the nesting block and feed on the developing Bee Larva
allen lumley wrote:Contaminated Mason Bee Nesting blocks should 'bee' isolated and cleaned or destroyed! The tubes that are placed inside the Nesting Blocks can
'bee' as simple as a paper drinking straw snipped to length !
This is a good place to point out that many of the nesting blocks have been split down through each line of holes to facilitate taking them apart for inspection and
allen lumley wrote:Being both lazy and cautious, I pop the blocks in a large zip lock back and throw them in the deep freeze in a marked bag, and when my wife or I next get into the
freezer, at least 48 hours later, we remove the nesting blocks 'till next year' hopefully this added step will cut down on Bee Mite infestation !