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Attract friendly native mason bees. Mason bees, also called orchard bees, are native to North America and live in wooded areas and even around homes and other populated areas. Mason Bees are pollination helpers that will increase production in fruit trees and berry plants, each doing the job of about 100 honeybees. It is not in their nature to chase or sting unless aggressively provoked. After nesting, Mason Bees emerge from these tubes as the first blossoms appear in spring – first the males, followed by a greater number of females. Each female lays 6 to 7 eggs per 6-inch tube. Swap out used tubes with fresh replacement tubes, and increase your bee population by gradually adding more tubes. Bees not included.

  • Replacement Tubes measure approximately 6" long x 5/16" in diameter.
  • Kit measures approximately 6.25" long x 3.25" in diameter.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Low honey bee population
SAM S on Apr 15, 2017
These nests really work! I've been using them for years. You wont believe the activity once you set them out! When winter comes I just put them in my shed and bring them back out in April. Every year I have tons of Mason Bees pollinating my entire backyard, its awesome!!!
BLAIR R on Feb 27, 2017
Low honey bee population
SAM S on Apr 15, 2017
To increase pollination for garden and orchard
CHRISTOPHER H on Mar 4, 2017
These nests really work! I've been using them for years. You wont believe the activity once you set them out! When winter comes I just put them in my shed and bring them back out in April. Every year I have tons of Mason Bees pollinating my entire backyard, its awesome!!!
BLAIR R on Feb 27, 2017
Mason bees are pollinators. Plus, giving them a home keeps them from drilling into the facings around my garage
JADA U on Feb 18, 2017
I love mason bees. They chased away very nasty red wasps living around my deck. I love watching them pollinate my deck garden
Chrstine P on Jun 5, 2016
Got bees.Need more holes.
Neil R on Apr 11, 2016
Promote pollinators
Ivan V on Mar 16, 2016
Interested in increasing mason bees in my orchard.
GEORGE R on Mar 13, 2016
Can't have too many pollinators, can we? Give it a try!
Dorothea P on Mar 2, 2016
Unusual birth day gift for neighbor with whom I share a garden..
RICHARD M on Feb 20, 2016
My garden is on my deck. I have an allergy to bees. Mason bees are user friendly and help repel the wasps. I need bees to pollinate. I like these little guys
Christine A P on Feb 17, 2016
To increase pollination for garden and orchard
CHRISTOPHER H on Mar 4, 2017
Mason bees are pollinators. Plus, giving them a home keeps them from drilling into the facings around my garage
JADA U on Feb 18, 2017
How many tubes come with the Nest Kit? When do the tubes need to be replaced? I live in Southeast Missouri....when do I need to put a nest out for the Bees?
blondee1 on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Mason Bee Nest Kit includes approximately 65-72 tubes made of durable cardboard. Depending on the activity of your native Mason bee population (which can increase in size each year), you can replace the used tubes ??? once they're empty ??? in early spring. If the tubes still seem to be in good shape, Mason bees may reuse them to lay eggs, but plan to replace with new tubes as the old ones become weather-worn. The best time to place your Mason Bee Nests is when things are in bloom there, since the bees will be active and seeking shelter. Make sure you chose a place that won't get direct precipitation (rain/snow) but will still get nice morning sun to help rouse these busy beneficials!
Could I spray waterproof on the outside tube?
ctp2236 on May 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The outside pot is earth-friendly and biodegradable, but it's made of compressed straw, rice husk and bamboo, so it resists water as-is. I don't know if any waterproofing spray would deter the bees from using the product, so for that reason I wouldn't recommend it.
How do I mount or place this mason bees nest? What might I use to secure it?
Sean T on Apr 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Somewhere that gets morning sun but provides some protection from rain. Since the bees aren't aggressive, you can keep it close to your garden and at eye height. You are supposed to store it over the winter and clean out the holes to prevent mites. I used a wire through the attached string and wired it to a branch in a bush alongside my garden.
Where do get the bees?
D N on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mason bees are native to North America ??? mostly living in wooded areas but even in more populated places as well. They're likely already in your area. The mason bee nests simply provide a home specifically for these hard-working beneficial insects.
We have wild bees here in Arizona but I don't know what kind. Will the Masons cohabitate with others bee species?
AZTom on Mar 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mason bees are naturally located in Arizona as well as across the United States. I'm not sure what is meant by cohabitate, but this nest is designed specifically to suit the nesting nature of mason bees. Hive-dwelling honeybees won't use it, for example.

Customer Reviews

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colony expansion made easy
installed my 2 new tubes and filled another tube with the re-fills ordered.
have an established colony nest, the girls started working the new tubes immediately.
they now have 'new clean' tubes to work, that I can distribute this fall to others who may want them. my old blocks are never certain that they have emptied and been refilled with new larvae. with these tubes I know which are fresh.
April 25, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Nicely constructed
This item is very nicely constructed. We have already hung it up. So far no residents have moved in because we got it up a bit late for the egg laying season. Maybe next year! We love our bees. in addition to honeybees, we also have bumblebees, mason bees and this year we met our first leaf cutting bee. Great little item for giving the solitary bee a nice safe place to lay eggs. I also bought the replacement tubes. They, too, are nice and sturdy.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
New Bee Culture
Can hardly wait to get this out to our backyard orchard. Each year we have had fewer and fewer honey bees to our fruit trees. So I am hoping these will make a difference. Product looks well made and it is a good size also.
February 11, 2017
Purchased
7 months ago
Too soon to tell
I've had the Mason Bee nest for 3 years but have not had any luck getting visitors. It could "bee" because I had the nest too high (8ft) so this year I placed it at 4 ft. and have the opening facing south. At the present time it's still too cold for bees to come around but I'm sure I'll see some soon.
May 6, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Not quite what I expected
It will be good for the bees once I build something to put it in so I can hang it. It comes without any type of hanger or attachment to hang it up with. Also it's in cardboard so I need to build something to protect it more. Disappointed that I have something else to do before I can use it
April 16, 2017
Purchased
5 months ago
They did their job. I was pleased with them. Didn't see the bees but could tell they had been used.
May 8, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Containers crack open
I bought around 10 Mason be containers set them up in my Apple Orchard two months later the hard containers holding the tubs cracked open and all the tubes fell on the ground , Don't waste your money here look for a different product
May 8, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
"My Nests Are Full!"
These nests work great, clean and change out tubes! Easier then trying to clean out holes drilled in wood blocks! I purchased two nests put them out beginning of April and both are full! They don't come with anything to hold/nail them up so I had to build a little 5inch by 9inch untreated cedar box to hold them and protect them. I have it hung 4ft off the ground facing west. I couldn't believe how fast they were full! I grow peaches and have been using mason bees for 4 years now to help with pollination! Don't give up, the bees will find your nest and then every year after you will have tons of pollinators!
September 10, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
No bees. Fell apart
Could have been my placement but I didn't get any bees. After one season the outer shell fell apart. Stark Bros refunded my money
May 17, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Mason Bees Nest
I am not especially impressed with this product. Two years and not a single bee. Might be they are just not around.
May 19, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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