Pollinators are vital to the production of healthy crops and commodities for humans. So, making sure they have a safe place to feed and reproduce is very important. Unlike honey bees, mason bees do not make a hive. Mason Bees are named after their unique abilities to make compartments out of the mud in their homes in hollowed out reeds or sticks.
What you will need:
· Empty tin can (washed thoroughly)
· Scrap paper (hollowed out reeds or bamboo also can be used)
· Nail and hammer
1. Roll your scrap paper to the appropriate length to fit in your tin can.
2. Make a hole in the bottom of your can to thread your twine through.
3. Thread your twine through the hole in the bottom of your can and tie a knot in order to hang your Mason Bee home.
4. Add your rolled paper and pack as tightly as possible in your can.
5. Hang your Mason Bee home in an area that is covered from the weather in order to prevent your paper from getting wet.
6. Enjoy your pollinators!!
*I do not recommend painting your tin can as bees can be sensitive to the chemicals in the paint*