The Mason Bee Company
Saving the environment one bee at a time!
The Mason Bee is a solitary bee that works independently and is dark metallic green or blue resembling a black fly. Mason Bees are used for pollinating spring fruits and flowers. Six Mason Bees can pollinate an entire tree. It would take 600+ Honey Bees to pollinate the same tree. One Mason Bee can pollinate up to 1,600 to 2,400 blossoms per day at a 90% success rate.
WHY MASON BEES?
As Honey Bees are declining throughout North America there is a need to rely on other types of bees and pollinators for food production and natural processes.
Mason Bees are great pollinators as they are fast and can carry a lot of pollen. Mason Bees are the perfect solution for home gardeners and hobby farmers. They are a gentle non-aggressive bee, if you are allergic to Honeybee's, Mason Bees are your answer. They are fun to watch and very low maintenance. Children love them.
Mason Bees differ from Honey Bees in that they do not make honey or have a queen. They do not swarm and only sting if handled roughly or trapped under clothing. The male bee has no stinger, whereas the female stinger is the equivalent to a mosquito bite.
Mason Bees require nesting holes, which we refer to as nesting condos. These nesting condos are man-made wood blocks. The wood blocks can be separated and cleaned in the fall from all mites and other predators. These wood blocks can be re-used year after year.
WHAT MAKES MASON BEES STAY IN MY YARD?
Mason Bees are unique in that they will only fly approximately 300 feet from their nests. In most cases, that should benefit you and your neighbours garden for a fantastic spring pollination experience.
The Mason Bee Company was created to inspire and educate the public about the benefits of Mason Bees and increase your garden’s productivity. As the Honey Bees population declines, home gardeners can play an important role in attracting bees and other pollinators. My goal is to make more people aware of the Mason Bee concept and creating an excitement and awareness of the super pollinator that we need so badly for food supply and environment. Every spring I do workshops and I place my Mason Bee homes in parks and other public places.