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These nifty tools and items are very useful items for the keen mason beekeeper.
Why not give them a try!
- The bee scoop makes cleaning nesting trays a breeze!
- The predator guard keeps woodpeckers away from the developing bees and it interferes with wasp parasatism.
- A fridge thermometer lets you check temperatures quickly and easily.
- Petri dishes provide handy temporary storage containers for cocoons and other insects found at harvest time.
Bees need clay for nesting. No clay present in your garden and bees will go elsewhere to nest. Simply, mix dry clay with water and layer onto the soil at the base of the dug hole. One bag of clay is sufficient for one bee home in one season.
Mason bees need clay when they begin nesting. If there is no clay available, bees go elsewhere to nest. If your soil is sandy or very organic, you will need to make clay available for your mason bees.
Prepare clay by mixing with water. Add enough water to mix into a wet mass. 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 it down with some water.
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.
Candling dish to hold cocoons while candling over a large flashlight.
This dish is the perfect storage container for mason bee cocoons and other insects. Used for short term or long term storage inside a fridge, tiny bars in the lid allows air and moisture to go in and our of the dish to keep bees healthy. Easily stackable. Great dish for candling cocoons.
Scoops have arrived. Beautifully Handcrafted. Made to last. NA.
The gently curved tip of the scoop, softly lifts cocoons out of nesting trays minimizing cocoon damage. Handcrafted by Randy. Order one for your fall harvest of mason bee cocoons. A unique gift. Directions:
- Place opened nesting trays on a flat surface
- Place end of scoop at base of cocoons
- With scoop at a steep angle, gently push and ease cocoons out of nesting grooves.
- Place in cold tap water for 1 hour
- Rinse in cold water using a metal sieve to remove mud and mites.
- Dry on a paper towel for 1 hour
- Store in fridge at 4C in a Humidity Cooler until spring
This is the handiest tool for handling mason bee cocoons or live insects!
Cocoons are fragile and these forceps have a “feather touch”. It is easy to pick up cocoons amongst debris for easier cleaning. In the spring if the early bees emerge, it is a simple task to gently pick them up and place them back where they belong. Forceps can be repeatedly bent back into the width you need to gently pick up insects. Includes 2 forceps
**For cleaning mason bee cocoons.**
This sieve is an excellent and easy method for removing mites and debris from mason bee cocoons. Swirl cocoons through cold running water in a bowl and under running water. Pollen feeding mites are abraded off cocoons by the metal screen of the sieve. Cocoons are waterproof and are not damaged by this washing method. Dry cocoons on a paper towel for about 30 mins and store over the winter.
1 roll of tape- Great for taping Quicklock trays and or cardboard tubes.
Black electrician’s tape is a wonderful product for holding nests together right through the seasons. This tape is easy to undo in the fall at harvest time.This very versatile tape works great for:
- wrapping Quicklock nesting trays
- wood nesting trays
- nesting tubes (cardboard and natural Phragmites reed).
Fits the Lodge and Chalet homes.
This bright, durable accessory protects your mason bees from woodpeckers, mice and parasitic wasps. The Predator Guard pops into the front of the Lodge and Chalet Home.
It is easily removable when it’s time to observe or clean the nest.
Choose from Forest Green, Golden Yellow, Royal Blue and Sunset Red.
Fits Royal Mason Bee House & Royal Summer Mason Bee House
This bright, durable accessory protects your mason bees from woodpeckers, mice and parasitic wasps. The Predator Guard pops into the front of our Royal Mason Bee House, and Royal Summer Mason Bee House. It is easily removable when it’s time to observe or clean the nest.
only red available
Fits Highrise & Highrise for Summer Mason Bees
Choose from Forest Green, Golden Yellow, Royal Blue and Sunset Red
This bright, durable accessory protects your mason bees from woodpeckers, mice and parasitic wasps. The Predator Guard pops onto the front of our Beediverse HighRise House, and is easily removable when it’s time to observe or clean the nest.
Protect your developing mason bees from those marauding parasitic wasps during the summer months. Our labels shows you how easy it is to protect your developing bees. Note- before moving bee homes make sure all flight has stopped and that the bees have finished their nesting activity.
This finely woven mesh bag protect Mason Bee cocoons from parasitic wasps and other insects while cocoons are in storage from summer to winter. DIRECTIONSIncludes: **After all mason bees have died and are no longer seen flying in and out of the nest, protect your developing bees by inserting the entire home or nests into mesh bags.
- 1 No-Wasp Net Bags (60 cm X 60 cm , 24″ x 24″ ) Material: Nylon Mesh
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. Place trays and houses in the bag, 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.
Protection from pests is two-fold.
(1) Parasitic wasps and other pests will be attracted to the nest but will not be able to enter the bag and nest to parasitize developing bee larvae.
(2) Parasitic wasps that are previously in the nest will develop and come out to find additional bee cocoons, but first wasps have to leave their nesting chamber and mate. While they are trapped inside the netting, mist-spray them with a mild soapy solution. This will kill these wasps that are flying around inside the net bag.