|Full house in Hotel #1|
Nesting runs from mid-March through late Spring, so we had enough time for a few more bees to use the facilities.
|Step 1: Start with an old birdhouse.|
I started with an old birdhouse and went from there.
|Step 2: Remove the front wall and clean the inside thoroughly.|
Don't you love to save something and then find a new use for it?
|Step 3: Give the old birdhouse a facelift with new paint.|
A container for the drilled nesting blocks protects them from rain.
|Step 4: Preserve the new paint and exposed surfaces with Acrylic spray.|
Click here to see how we drilled nesting blocks to put inside.
|Step 5: Mount the Bee Hotel on a south facing surface.|
Two matching birdhouses look nice together on our porch pillar.
|An Orchard Mason Bee heading into one of the holes at full speed.|
The bees move so fast it's hard to get closeup photographs.
|Another Orchard Mason Bee heading in from the lower left.|
Give it a try. You can do it for free with recycled and repurposed materials, and the result is fun and good for the environment as well. -- Margy