How to Build a Mason Bee Hotel

| 10/9/2015 9:17:00 AM

Tags: Elsie Gibeson, pollinators, mason bees, beekeeping, pollination,


Mason Bees, also known as orchard bees are docile pollinators that are easy to keep and provide a myriad of benefits for the pollinator community. In nature, mason bees build solitary nests with mud in hollow reeds, woodpecker holes or other small openings. To keep mason bees all you really have to do is provide some prime real-estate by building a mason bee “hotel.” These hotels replicate the type of little spaces that mason bees love!

Elsie Gibeson is an environmental landscape designer with Dreamscapes Consulting and chairs the Shawnee County Master Gardeners Green Team.

Elsie Gibeson spoke about the importance of pollinators and what you can do to support them at the 2015 Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, Kansas, where these instructions were also provided, in supplement during her presentation.

Tools Needed 

• saw
• wire cutters
• drill and screw driver

6/20/2018 11:59:41 AM

This article needs pictures.....and some imagination. I built a mason bee hotel based on Mother Earth print article a few years ago....I think 3 or 4 maybe. I used the old bamboo stakes that were in the back of my garden shed. If you cut the 5 and 6 foot stakes just above and below the joints you get 5-6 inch sections. I used gorilla glue and clear sylicone caulking to set them tightly into a heart shaped grape vine wreath that was on my bathroom wall. The wreath is about 8 inches tall and 10 inches wide. It has a tiny bird house right in the center still with the tubes syliconed to it. The wreath I then mounted to the corners of my lattice that is above my privacy fence. It has been there....with bees....for 3-4 years now. The fence corner is at the back of our yard around the garden, so it worked out really well for the pretty factor too. Thanks Mom for the great idea!

3/18/2016 9:38:14 AM

Maumaj....I agree, the instructions leave much to be desired. There definitely needs to be more photos and/or diagrams.

10/28/2015 3:30:10 PM

Is it only me? I cannot properly follow the directions without a proper plan drawing or at least a photo that would show the completed work that is not zoomed in like the one in the article.

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