r ranson wrote:
Would bamboo work if you made a new hotel each year? It would be a bit more work than the ideas suggested above, but it might reduce the pest problem?
My neighbours are big into native bees and they have some hotels that they clean out (and store the cocoons somehow I wasn't paying attention to but they say it prevents mites) but they also drill holes in several firewood logs. At the end of the hatching season, they take those logs and move them back into the firewood pile hole side down, and drill new ones for this year's bees.
Hugo Morvan wrote:
I'm in France, and have to render a wall of the house, it's an old wall and over time different farmers have used different mixes to patch up the wall. I noticed the mason bees live in the wall (i saw their "doors"),and they have a strong preference for one of the render types. It is a very soft one, with hardly any lime but it consists mainly of silt and clay. So my plan is to scrape this favored render type out and keep it seperate in a bin ,until after i rendered the wall with a traditional mix, then i want to make some wooden frames here and there on the wall and fill it up with the mason bees preferred render. I wonder if you have any idea if this will work, because i believe they have a completely different worldview and extra senses we can not even begin to imagine then we do, and the mason bees might not like the idea i have, or worse, that it will make it easier for predators.
Any help welcome.
Mike Barkley wrote:My interest is honeybees BUT we have a lot of wild mason bees here. I watch them almost daily in warm weather. Seems they will bore into any type of wood. Trees, deck railings, loose lumber scraps, old furniture, stumps, etc. Not a significant problem as long as there is an alternative for them such as trees & bee condos.