I would like to know about providing nests for Mason bees.

Asked January 2, 2014, 12:06 AM EST

I've been reading up on them and how they can help with pollinating fruit and vegetable plants. I've seen a nest box for sale in a vegetable catalog. Would the bees just naturally come to the location? This whole topic sounds really beneficial.

Garrett County Maryland beekeeping mason bees

2 Responses

Great question. Mason bees are native to North America and once you put out a nesting box they should start using it within a few weeks. Especially if you can place it near fruit trees.

On the Penn State Extension webpage below you will find the answers to all your questions.
http://extension.psu.edu/lawrence/news/2011/how-to-construct-a-sturdy-all-wood-mason-bee-house

Below is a great article from Oregan State Extension.
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/mason-bees

Additional Information on Native Bees: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Habitat/WildAcres/wabees.asp

Plans for building your own Mason Bee http://extension.psu.edu/lawrence/events/files/how-to-build-your-own-mason-bee-house

Please let me know if you have any additional questions or if you would like to have any of this information printed. I can print it and mail it to you or you can stop by the University of Maryland Extension office in Garrett County and pick up the information at no cost. My contact information is abachtel@umd.edu or 301-334-6960.

Thank you so much for your information! My husband and I are going to go to the sites on the internet you gave us. We're definitely going to provide some Mason bee boxes on our property.