Mason Bee House Giveaway!
Spring is right around the corner, which means the flowers will be blooming and the bees will be buzzing! If you’ve read my series, America’s Bee Crisis, you might be interested in adding some mason bee houses to your garden. If so, read on!
Mason Bee House GIVEAWAY!
Stacking Tray Systems
I have been using stacking tray mason bee houses for several years now and love the results. They are easy to harvest cocoons from, easy to clean, and last for many years. I started out with one, and then purchased a second, plastic stacking tray system. But in my damp climate I soon noticed a problem – they developed mold. I also found that if I stuck some cardboard tubes in with the plastic trays the bees showed a marked preference for the more natural material of the tubes.
That’s when I discovered Crown Bees, an online retailer of mason bee supplies, based in Woodinville, WA. Crown Bees sells a variety of mason bee houses, including stacking tray systems made from wood. I’m happy to report that my bees love them and they’re just as easy to clean and maintain!
Mason Bee Resource
Crown Bees wants all of their customers to be successful at keeping mason bees. They provide educational materials on their website free of charge, and also send out a monthly newsletter to keep their customers informed about the latest mason bee research, in addition to providing timely reminders for mason bee care. They have enlisted “Citizen Scientists” to join their BeeGAP speakers program to provide useful and accurate information about the mason bee throughout the United States.
The world has had a blind spot when it comes to insects, but we’re finally beginning to recognize the critical role they play in the ecosystem. Unfortunately, it’s too late to reverse the damage done by invasive species in the U.S. Scientists can only look on in horror as we lose our native insects to the onslaught of invasives, who are often more aggressive, more prolific, and lack predators. What we can do is not make this problem worse by continuing to send more insects into areas where they don’t belong.
Mason bees are regional – there are west coast bees (Osmia lignaria propinqua) and east coast bees (Osmia lignaria lignaria). Unfortunately, a lot of mason bee retailers have shipped the western bees to eastern states, and continue to do so. This practice can can spread parasites and diseases that the local insects are unable to adapt to. Crown Bees sends bees only to the regions they belong in.
I’m very pleased to be able to offer a Crown Bees mason bee kit to one lucky reader of my blog! The kit will include:
- 20 native blue orchard mason bees
- 1 natural NW pine chalet house
- 48-hole wood tray
- 1 InvitaBee, a mason bee attractant
- 1 HumidiBee, a cocoon humidifier, preventing cocoon dehydration
- 1 Mason Bees, Gentle-Natured Garden Caretakers pamphlet
That’s everything you need to get successfully raise mason bees in your own backyard. Read more about the Complete Chalet Kit here.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Open to U.S. residents only.
- Residents of Florida and Hawaii are excluded. (Crown Bees doesn’t stock bees native to your states.)
- Entry via Rafflecopter only.
GOOD LUCK, EVERYBODY!! 🙂
This is not a paid endorsement. I am recommending Crown Bees’ products because I like them and use them myself. I participate in their annual Bee Buyback program. This year I sent them about 800 cocoons, which earned me a credit that I’m using to pay for this giveaway. Pretty cool, huh?
Congratulations to Andy Friesen, winner of the Complete Mason Bee Kit! For everyone else, Crown Bees is offering a coupon code for 5% off your total order. This code is good for the rest of the year. Just enter Killerpickles when checking out: www.crownbees.com. Thanks to everyone who participated!