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We want to help our customers get their yards buzzing as quickly as possible, so we have a replacement policy.
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There has been no known anaphylaxis reaction to our bees. If you have concerns about being around leafcutter bees you should consult a medical professional and take their advice on this matter.
Our bees fly fairly short distances, so they will stay close to your flowers. Be sure to have lots of flowers for them to feed on and cut leaves to make their homes and they will stay close by.
They originated from Europe and were introduced to other parts of the world in the 1930’s to primarily pollinate alfalfa, which is a great source of protein for our food supply.
That is where the owners of Kind Bee Farms live, but more importantly the Canadian climate – especially Saskatchewan – is perfect for raising leafcutter bees.
Leafcutter bees love hot weather. They will thrive in hot climates such as 100+ weather. They love the sun and you will find them flying and pollinating during the heat of the day.
Leafcutters are used by farmers to pollinate their fields in many states, such as Arizona, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, Texas and many more.
The bees will stay inside the tubes or just hang out on the house to wait for the sun to come out. They do not like cloudy days so they’ll rest until the sun comes out.
Hatching takes lots of patience and care. The hatching is the most critical in all leafcutter beekeeping. You want to ensure there is as little temperature fluctuation as possible. This includes day and night temperatures. Whether you are finishing your hatching inside or outside the temperature should be consistent. When placing an order check your average temperature to make sure you have at least 75 temperature.
The bees work when the sun shines. They get up with the sun and go to bed when it goes down.
Parasites are common in leafcutter bees. You can get a small bottle lid and fill it with water and put a couple drops of green dish soap (ex. Palmolive). They will be attracted to the soap mixture. You may also want to squish them if you see them.
You may want to move your bee home to a different spot. A few options are as follows. You can try getting an ant trap and placing it near the home. You could put cooking oil around the house this will prevent the ants from getting into your cocoon box.
You may have to move your bee home to a different area. Make sure your it is securely mounted.
You can buy a strawberry netting and wrap it around the bee home to keep out birds or small critters. Make sure the netting has large enough holes so the bees can have the freedom to come and go as they want.
For all of our pollinator houses for sale, we recommend putting both the cocoon box and the tube nesting box in your recycling bin. Why do this? Good question! Moisture and other weather conditions can sometimes create bacteria and mold, which can sometimes cause disease. We want to ensure this doesn’t spread, so we recommend that each season starts with a new nesting tube box bee colony and cocoon box. Since your bee home is made of acacia wood and has more space for aeration, it’s ok to keep it year-to-year and just order new nesting tube boxes and cocoons each year.
You may want to bring it inside out of the elements. The house can be put back into the package your house came and store it safely until next spring. The nesting tubes should be taken out and composted or recycled. This will ensure your bee house stays clean of any disease and molds. Also compost or recycle the bee cocoon box and any leftover cocoon that are present.