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Hollphi@originsoregon
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Mason Bee Houses For your Yard or Deck


We did this fun project last Fall, to attract and provide homes for our Native Mason Bees. It is a simple project. I am posting a video with instructions. We each put our own custom touches on the ones we made, with non-toxic paint, you can do this or leave them the natural wood. I encourage everyone to help save and protect our wonderful little pollinators, they work hard for us, to bring us our amazing
The bare Mason Bee home, prior to our painting.
The bare Mason Bee home, prior to our painting.
Our finished Bee homes, custom painted with non-toxic paint.
Our finished Bee homes, custom painted with non-toxic paint.
Our finished Bee homes, custom painted with non-toxic paint.
Our finished Bee homes, custom painted with non-toxic paint.
Our finished Bee homes, custom painted with non-toxic paint.
Our finished Bee homes, custom painted with non-toxic paint.
Our finished Bee homes, custom painted with non-toxic paint.
Our finished Bee homes, custom painted with non-toxic paint.
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Dee
    on May 14, 2015

    I know this is an older post, but today's news (5/14/15) just reported that bee keepers lost 42% of their colonies in the last year. Everyone, gardener or not, should have one of these in their yard. Mason bees are non-stinging, so there's nothing to loose-it's a win-win for us and the bees!

  • Chris
    on Apr 11, 2017

    as a person who give presentations on Mason bees, please reconsider your design. make the holes larger so you can install a simple paper tube with a 5/16" hole opening, made from paper grocery bags. Then you can inspect and clean out the homes each year and see how the population is doing.
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