My name is Dr Margriet Dogterom and am the founder and owner of Beediverse. I write this blog for all who love bees and who want to learn more about these wonderful creatures.
The reason for setting out cocoons within the protection of a house that shelters nesting tunnels, is to provide the cocoons, and the mason bees inside, a place that is protected from predators like mice, protected from the sun and protected from rain and snow.
|Royal house with predator guard|
|Temporarily remove predator guard from the front of the Royal house,
and set vial on its side, with tab removed, underneath peaked roof.
Replace predator guard.
|Lodge without predator guard.|
|Chalet with predator guard.|
|Unwrap bundle of nesting trays by removing electricians tape. Remove
one set of trays, and re-tape remaining nesting trays.
The vial can now be inserted under the roof and adjacent to the nesting tunnels.
|Replace the predator guard of the Chalet after vial has been set
inside the house. When all bees have emerged- about 2 weeks
after first bees emerge, remove vial, tape up the individual tray
and set above other trays.
|If you buy a vial of Beediverse Mason Bee cocoons
from a store, the cocoons need to be set it out adjacent to mason
bee nesting tunnels. Cocoons are
washed, screened and candled before packaging them into vials.
|If you have a Starter Cottage
with cardboard tubes it is best to set the vial of
cocoons inside the cottage amongst the nesting tubes.
|Temporarily remove front door to access
|Remove a few cardboard tube to make room for one vial
containing mason bee cocoons.
Remove red tab covering the exit hole of the vial, and place
vial amongst tubes.
|Replace front door and hang Starter Cottage on an East facing wall,
in the sunshine and out of the rain. This cottage can also be
set down on a shelf. Make sure it is secure so the wind
or predators do not knock it off the shelf.