Mason Bee Supplies and Pollinators
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Did you know that no amount of fertilizer or water will produce abundant flowers and vegetables, without pollination? For pollination, you need bees. We must have bees to help pollinate our crops, plants and trees 75-80% of all plans and trees require pollination from insects. The sad news is Our pollinators are in trouble! The use of harsh pesticides, mites, fungi and habitat loss. is believed to have resulted in declines in our pollinators including many species of bees. Planting native plants, installing bee houses and providing our pollinators with healthy habitats will all assist in helping our bees.
WBU Barrie is proud to offer the following products to help these precious pollinators:
Live Mason Bee Cocoons
WBU Barrie is proud to now offer Blue Orchard Mason Bee cocoons. This species is commonly found in North America and can be released in your garden to successfully pollinate your flowers, trees, shrubs, fruits and vegetables. Pollen bee cocoons can be released when conditions are optimal, when daytime temperatures have reached about 10-13°C (50-55°F) or 10% of spring blooms are happening. The pollen bee cocoons must be protected until they hatch or they risk predation and illness. They will need some type of emergence chamber to protect them. Emergence chambers can be purchased from WBU Barrie (see our description below) or can be made at home. Set emergence chambers on a shelf away from predators and close to a pollen bee nest. Female bees will return to the area they hatched to lay their eggs and having a pollen bee nest available to them will ensure the bees continue to flourish in your area.
There are 10 Blue Orchard Mason Bees cocoons per package. Blue Orchard Mason Bee cocoon must be placed outdoors no later than June 1 (we recommend releasing them by May 1) to complete their life cycle.
Made in Canada.
Mason Bee Cocoons are a seasonal product and are only available from mid April until mid May. We currently have a few boxes of Mason Bees available for purchase until mid May 2018.
Mason Bee Houses and Accessories
Small Mason Bee Heavy Duty Cedar Mason Bee House: Add more valuable bee pollinators to your garden with this Small Mason Bee Heavy Duty Mason Bee House. It is made from cedar, a sustainable resource that will last many seasons. Inside this Mason Bee House accommodates just under 100 single use cardboard harvesting tubes (see description below). This house is ideal for someone new to the world of Mason Bees and allows for the easy harvesting of Mason Bee Cocoons in the fall. With the included mounting hardware, it is easy to hang this beautiful house to wall, a shed or a building. Then sit back and watch these busy native pollinators at work in your yard or garden. An overhang at the opening protects the bees from rain, wind and hot sun. The Small Heavy Duty Cedar Mason Bee House is suitable for small gardens and balcony gardens. Includes nesting tubes.
Outside dimensions: 22 x 27 x 9 cm or 15 x 10 x 6 Inches
Diamond Western Cedar Mason Bee Shelter: Add more valuable bee pollinators to your garden with the Diamond Western Cedar Mason Bee Shelter. It is made from cedar, a sustainable resource that will last many seasons. Inside the Shelter accommodates 70-80 single use cardboard harvesting tubes (see description below). This house is ideal for someone new to the world of Mason Bees and allows for the easy harvesting of Mason Bee Cocoons in the fall. With the included mounting hardware, it is easy to hang this beautiful house to wall, a shed or a building. Then sit back and watch these busy native pollinators at work in your yard or garden. An overhang at the opening protects the bees from rain, wind and hot sun. The Diamond Western Cedar Mason Bee Shelter is suitable for small gardens and balcony gardens. Includes nesting tubes.
Outside dimensions: 22 x 23 x 17 cm or 15 x 9 x 6.5 Inches
Quick & Ezy Mason Bee House: The Quick & Ezy Mason Bee House includes a weather resistant cardboard house which remains intact for a few years (replacing after a couple of years) and corn Quicklock nesting trays. These rugged nesting trays are made of environmentally friendly corn material that stack to create 24 nesting tunnels accommodating up to 24 females and 144 eggs, just the right number to start your Mason Bee population. The biggest advantage of the corn Quicklock nesting trays are that they are re-useable over many years and that they can be thoroughly cleaned free of bacterial and fungal diseases. The shades and colours of these Quicklock nesting trays assist mason bees in finding their nesting tunnels. The Quicklock nesting trays have matching grooves. When paired and stacked, the trays form nesting tunnels 7.5 mm (5/16 of an inch) in diameter – the optimum size that Mason Bees prefer. The stacking design makes cleaning and harvesting cocoons a snap. In the fall, simply pop the trays apart and gently slide the cocoons out of the exposed grooves. The easiest time to harvest cocoons from these nests is in the fall before winter temperatures fall. Cooler temperatures will condense moisture onto cocoons and allow mold to grow inside the nest. If this happens wash cocoons with a 0.05% bleach solution. Made in Canada.
Dimensions: 6.3 x 7.9 x 15.2 cm (2.5” x 3.5” x 6” inches)
1-Door Viewing House: What a beauty! Want and easy way of seeing what the bees are doing inside the nest? The 1-Door Viewing House makes it clear what is happening inside each nesting tunnel on a daily basis. The bees love it! Made for both the larger spring mason bees, but also the smaller summer solitary bees. Set out in a sheltered shelf, inside a tote works best. East facing, out of the rain and in the sun. This bee home with all its special features has been carefully constructed to last for many years. Screws holding plexiglass attached can be removed to harvest cocoons and clean nesting tunnels. Look and see what the young bees were up to at the end of June. Made in Canada.
Dimensions (Including Roof): 29 cm x 26.5 cm x 11.5 cm (11.4” x 10.4” x 4.5” inches)
Harvest Nesting Tubes: Cardboard Harvest Nesting Tubes are attractive to Mason Bees and are a good way of starting with and keeping Mason Bees. Nesting tubes are ready for spring mason bees that are looking for suitable nesting material. Set tubes into a dark water-proof container to protect them from rain and direct sun. Fix container onto a sunny wall of a house or shed before spring blossoms are in bloom. When wild Mason Bees are in the vicinity they search for suitable nesting material such as cardboard nesting tubes or nesting holes created from stackable Quicklock corn trays also available at WBU Barrie. Cardboard is 100% recyclable paper. Tubes are a one-time item. Once a Mason Bee uses the tube as a nest, dirt and parasites decreases the livability of the nesting tube. Unoccupied tubes are re-useable. In the fall (Oct-Dec) simply unfurl tubes, gather, wash and store hibernating mason bee cocoons. Harvest Nesting Tubes come in bundles of 25, are closed at one end (preferred by Mason Bees) and come in a standard size. Made in Canada.
Dimensions: 15.5 mm (6” inches) in Length, Diameter: 7.5 mm (5/16” inches)
Replacement Mason Bee Fiberboard Nesting Tubes: There are so many ways to attract Mason Bees with these Mason Bee Nesting Tubes: Remove clear plastic and place in garden on elevated surface; build your own Mason Bee House; use as replacements for your existing mason bee house, such as the Heavy Duty Cedar Mason Bee House or Diamond Western Cedar Mason Bee Shelter. Fibreboard nesting tubes should be replaced each spring after Mason Bees have emerged from their nests. Package includes 94 tubes at 6” long.
Mason Bee Starter Cottage: The Mason Bee Starter Cottage is durable, attractive and easy-to clean. It is made from cedar, a sustainable resource that will last many seasons. Inside this Mason Bee House accommodates 15-20 single use cardboard harvesting tubes (see description below). This house is ideal for someone new to the world of Mason Bees and allows for the easy harvesting of Mason Bee Cocoons in the fall. With the mounting plate on the back it is easy to hang this beauty. Attach it to a wall of a shed or building. Then watch these busy native pollinators at work in your yard or garden. An overhang at the mouth of the starter protects the bees from rain, wind and hot sun. The Mason Bee Starter Cottage is also suitable for small gardens and balcony gardens. Made in Canada.
Outside dimensions: 20 x 12 x 9 cm or 8” x 5” x 4” Inches
Mason Bee Clay: Mason bees do a lot better when clay is easily available. Mason bees require clay for nesting for plugging up the nest and between compartments. If there is no clay available, bees go elsewhere to nest. If your soil is sandy or very organic, you can make clay available for your bees by offering Mason Bee Clay. One bag of clay is sufficient for one bee home per season. Clay comes already wet so there is no need to add a lot of water to get it to the right consistency. Slowly add about 2 tablespoons of water to make it into the consistency of ‘playdough’. Then, within about 10′ of your mason bee home, dig a hole the width of a shovel and about a foot deep. Place wet clay into the hole and onto the base of the north facing wall. The soil in the hole will keep clay damp. If the clay looks like it is getting dry, wet the base of the hole and the water will wick into the clay. In a lot of soils the first layer is organic, and perhaps a foot or so down is the mineral layer, mostly of clay and sand. If your garden has this type of soil, you do not need additional clay. Made in Canada.
Wasp-proof Net Bag: Protect your developing mason bees from those marauding parasitic wasps during the summer months. This finely long lasting woven mesh bag protects cocoons from parasitic wasps and other insects while in storage from summer to winter. No-Wasp Net Bags are generously sized with an extra-wide, draw-string opening. The bags have room for stacked nesting trays and Mason Bee Houses with the cocoons inside. After all mason bee activity has stopped in the early summer and they are no longer flying in and out of the nest, place entire home or nests into net bags, draw it closed, and the cocoons are safe from pests. Staying pest-free means viable cocoons come spring. No-Wasp Bags are an important part of keeping a healthy Mason Bee population from year to year. Bags are washable and fold flat for storage. Made in Canada.
Dimensions: 24" x 24"
Pollination with Mason Bees: All about Mason Bees, their life cycle, behaviour & habitat preferences. Valuable insights and practical tips from Mason Bee keepers. It brings a powerful combination of scientific research and practical experience to the challenges of pollination. This illustrated book is intended for gardeners and farmers who want to increase the volume of fruit harvested from their fruit trees and blueberry bushes. A great gift for gardeners, beekeepers, and aspiring bee enthusiasts. Author Dr. Margriet Dogterom has more than 20 years experience in apiculture – in both hands-on field work and scholarly research. She created the QuickLock System for Mason Bee houses – specifically designed according to the foraging and nesting behaviours of these bees. Soft cover, 5×7, 136 pages. Made in Canada.
Pollen Bee Houses and Accessories
Several species of bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects will also use houses. The sight of these little colourful gems in the backyard is a welcome sight by gardeners and nature enthusiast. Attracting bees and butterflies into your yard is a great way to pollinate the plants in your garden, enhancing flowers and vegetables. Using bee and butterfly houses also helps to increase the biodiversity in your neighborhood.
Armstrong and Blackbury Pollen Bee Nest: Did you know that no amount of fertilizer or water will produce abundant flowers and vegetables, without pollination? For pollination, you need bees. Armstrong and Blackbury Pollen Bee Nest has been developed to attract a variety of wild pollen bees to your garden and vastly improve pollination of your plants. The proprietary granular volcanic rock filler prevents moisture from destroying the nests and developing bees. The filler, and excellent insulator allows bees to overwinter inside the nest. This scientifically-designed nest eliminates most problems associated with natural or wooden man-made nests. The nest can be left in place year round, only needing an annual cleaning. Armstrong and Blackbury Pollen Bee Nest can produce 100 to 150 pollinating bees per year. This pollen bee home is proudly made in Canada.
Help your garden and the environment this spring! The scientifically designed Pollen Bee Nest is more effective than natural or wooden man-made bee nests at providing a truly protective nesting place for native solitary pollen bees. This nest has been developed to attract a wide variety these gentle pollinators to your garden. The nest tube sizes, the proprietary volcanic rock filler, the specific color and pattern on the outer nest housing– all are the result of extensive research and testing. Inexpensive Solitary Pollen Bee Nests will improve your garden and the environment by supporting the natural life cycle of native solitary pollen bees.
Armstrong and Blackbury Pollen Bee Nest Emergence Chamber: The Armstrong and Blackbury Pollen Bee Nest Emergence Chamber Emergence Chamber is a dark box/cover with a small hole at the bottom that fits neatly onto our nest. It allows the new bees to emerge from the nest but does not allow them to return. Once all the bees have emerged out of the chamber, the tubes will be empty and ready to clean. Armstrong and Blackbury Pollen Bee Nest were designed to be mainly maintenance free but, over time, debris and mites can build up in the nest tubes. An Armstrong and Blackbury Pollen Bee Nest Emergence Chamber makes the nests easier to clean and allows you to further help out the pollen bees. An Emergence Chamber is a dark box/cover with a small hole at the bottom that fits neatly onto our nest. It allows the new bees to emerge from the nest but does not allow them to return. Once all the bees have emerged in the spring, the tubes will be empty and ready to clean. TIP: Newly emerged bees will begin looking for a nesting site almost immediately. Placing a new (or previously cleaned) Bee Nest near the one covered by the Emergence Chamber will allow the emerging bees to find a new home right away.
At the end of a season, when all the tubes have been filled or activity has died down, slide the Emergence Chamber over the end of the nest. Leave over the winter and the new bees will emerge 12 months after they were laid the previous year. If you use the nest log provided to note when the tubes were filled, you will know when the new bees will be ready to emerge, leaving the Bee Nest empty and ready to clean. Once you think all the tubes are empty, remove the Nest and Emergence Chamber and take somewhere suitable for cleaning. (If you leave the nest in place to clean, you may find new bees trying to use it before it is clean and dry!)
Cleaning the nest requires reaming out each tube with an appropriate sized drill bit. Blow out the debris with an air hose or a gravy baster. Using a pipe cleaner dipped in a bleach solution of one tablespoon of bleach to 8 Oz. of water, lightly dampen the inside of each tube, being careful not to get them too wet. Allow at least two hours drying time or longer. Once dry, use a pipe cleaner dipped in the proprietary miteacide powder to apply a light coating to the inside of each tube. Remove any loose powder by giving a final blast from the gravy baster and the nest is ready for reuse.
Contents of the Emergence Chamber Kit:
- 1 Emergence Chamber
- 4 Pipe Cleaners (of difference diameters for cleaning out the chambers)
- 1 Package of Miteacide
- 1 New Decal for the original nest exterior
- 1Strip of 20 Bee Dots to cover the tubes
- 1 Detailed instructions about the Emergence Chamber
- 1 Nest Log
Organic Miticide: Organic Miticide in a powdered form can be used to clean out bee houses and rid them of mites which parasitize the bees. It is particularly helpful for bee houses that cannot be cleaned with bleach and water or where tubes cannot be replaced. Before using Organic Miticide make sure there are no bee eggs, larva or cocoons in the house. To help ensure this it is helpful to rotate bee houses through a 1-year cycle. Made in Canada.
Insect Hotel: A nifty gift and a cool home for a variety of beneficial insects. This Insect hotel is for all kinds of insects and smaller summer bees. The variety of materials inside the hut makes this attractive to all kinds of insects. In the fall when it cools into winter, open nests and see what is inside. The predator guard protects the summer
Butterfly Houses and Feeders
Butterfly Box: Made of sturdy pine, this Butterfly Box provides a safe place for your butterflies to rest on cool early spring/fall nights. The built-in roof helps keep the elements out and perches are provided inside giving the butterflies somewhere to rest. Mount in the garden at the approximate height of your flowering plants. Hanging a Butterfly Feeder nearby will provide your butterfly guests with steady supply of food. For best results, plant native butterfly friendly flowers in your garden.
Dimensions: 17" x 4" x 4"
Flutterby™ Butterfly Feeder: The Flutterby™ Butterfly Feeder is the perfect complement to the backyard of any nature enthusiast. This unique feeder offers two ways in which to attract butterflies: nectar and fruit trays. This feeder features a nectar dish which holds 1.5 cups (350 mL) of nectar (table sugar and water). The Flutterby Butterfly Feeder also has shallow dishes where you can place over ripened fruits such as banana pieces and oranges which are favoured by butterflies. The feeding ports are small to accommodate a butterfly’s proboscis (mouth parts) and a built-in ant moat that keeps unwanted bugs out. Made of high-impact polycarbonate that is also top rack dishwasher safe, the Flutterby™ Butterfly Feeder can be hung or mounted on a 5/8” wooden dowel or pole (not included). This gives you the option of placing your feeder in the best location for viewing. The Flutterby™ Butterfly Feeder has a lifetime warranty.
Dimensions: 7.75” x 8.5”
Butterfly Feeder: This bright yellow Butterfly Feeder is the perfect addition to any pollinator party in your backyard. This feeder allows multiple options to attract butterflies via nectar and fruit. Fill the generous nectar tray with your nectar solution (table sugar and water). Butterflies can drink through the holes or use the included wicks to access the nectar drawn up by them. This feeder also includes two shallow cups to hold banana pieces which are favourites of butterflies. The built in ant-moat can be filled with water to thwart unwanted insects, or fill it will fruit jelly for additional feeding options!
Dimensions: 7" x 9" tall
WBU Bird Care Nectar Brush: Our WBU Bird Care Nectar Brush is designed to clean hummingbird and other similar feeders. This high-quality brush will reach those hard to clean areas at the top and bottom. It will fit into small neck bottles and the bristles are firm but flexible. The WBU Bird Care Nectar Brush is 14” in length and contains two brush heads. This brush is ideal for cleaning WBU Seed Tube Feeders, WBU Finch Feeders, WBU Hummingbird Feeders and WBU Oriole Feeders.
WBU Bird Care Nectar Port Brush: The WBU Bird Care Nectar Port Brush is designed to clean 3/32"- ¼" diameter hummingbird or oriole feeder ports, bee guards and can be used for many other small areas. Brush and rinse you brush and feeder when changing your nectar solution. This brush is ideal for cleaning WBU Hummingbird Feeders and WBU Oriole Feeders.