FAQs

Kind Bee FAQs

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!

ABOUT OUR BEES

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What's special about Kind Bees?

So many things! Let’s see… they are kind and do not attack, hence the name. They care for their own tunnel and always know where their specific tunnel is. You will never see them share their tunnels.

Our Kind bees rise early and go to bed early. They work hard on pollinating your flowers and plants during the day.

Always remember, they are safe to be close to… go ahead, stop by and say hello!

Why are the bees coming from Canada?

That is where the owners of Kind Bee Farms live, but more importantly the Canadian climate – especially Saskatchewan – is perfect for raising leafcutter bees.

Where did leafcutter bees come from originally?

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.

What if I’m allergic to bees?

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.

Why don’t my bees fly at night?

They work when the sun shines. They get up with the sun and go to bed when it goes down.

What temperature are bees comfortable in?

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. 

 

What if my neighbors aren’t bee lovers, how far do leafcutter bees fly?

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.

How long will my bees take to hatch?

It depends on a few factors! Here’s the thing about hatching: it’s all about the time and the temperature. The warmer the cocoons get, the faster they hatch. If they are in a cool temperature – indoors or outdoors- they will take a little longer.

If you start by keeping the cocoon box indoors: expect 1-3 weeks, depending on temperature.

If you start by putting the cocoon box outside: expect 1-6 weeks, depending on temperature.

What happens if it is cool and cloudy outside?

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.

THE COCOON BOXES

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Why is there only 20 grams of Bees?

We have chosen this amount so you will get to enjoy the beauty of creation and not have to worry about having too many bees around.

Why is there a Window on the Cocoon Box?

So you can watch them hatch if you’d like! We offer two options for how you want to handle hatching- indoors or outdoors. See our Instructions for details.

How can the bees breathe in the cocoon box?

The window is made of breathable, recyclable material. Once the bees start to emerge and mate, we recommend that you take them outside and move them into their new home. See our Instructions for details.

What happens at the end of the warm season?

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 a disease. We want to ensure this doesn’t spread, so we recommend that each season start 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.

What should I do if there are parasites in the cocoons?

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.

What happens if there are ants that get into my cocoon box?

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.

THE BEE HOME

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Where in my yard should I place my bee home?

Here are some guidelines to help you find the perfect spot:

LOCATION

  • Within 300 feet of the flowers + plants you want pollinated.
  • Somewhere where it cannot be knocked over or threatened by any house pets.
  • Once you pick a spot, please try not to move the home or the bees might have trouble finding their new location.
  • Height: Keep your home above the waist to prevent moisture and ground critters from bothering the bees.
  • You can easily walk over, say hello to your bees, and experience the bee activity. Go ahead, enjoy!

SUN

  • Your Kind Bees love morning sun, and do not love direct afternoon sun. Even though your bee home has an overhanging roof to protect the bees from too much direct sun, we recommend you do not face the home west if you put the home in an area that gets afternoon sun.

WATER

  • Kind Bees do not like to get wet! Keep your Kind Bees away from sprinkler spray. The design of the home will protect them from natural rainfall.
What if I have a problem with ants?

Move your home away from the infested area. If that is not an option, get an ant trap and place it near your home. Another option, try putting cooking oil around the area where you have the bee home.

What if critters are knocking my home over or eating my cocoons?

You may have to move your home to a different area.

Make sure your home is secularly 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 freedom to come and go as they want.

THE NESTING TUBES

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I’ve seen bigger nesting tubes than yours, aren’t the bees more comfortable with more space?

We have chosen our special tubes as they are perfect for our little bees. Leafcutter bees cut leaves in half moon shapes, fly them back to their home and line the tubes with these leaves to create the best nest for their babies. The larger the hole, the more trips they will have to make in order to make the perfect cocoon, so a bigger tube is just more work for them. You will see the tubes fill faster with the leaves and the eggs will get laid faster in our special tubes.

Why do you not have bamboo for tunnels?

Bamboo is a beautiful material, but the tunnels we designed are smoother so our Kind Bees’ little wings do not get hurt as they go in and out of their home.

What happens at the end of the warm season?

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 a disease. We want to ensure this doesn’t spread, so we recommend that each season start 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.

PURCHASING QUESTIONS

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How many Kind Bee Kits should I buy for my yard?

1 Kind Bee Kit holds 1 cocoon box which contains 20g of bees, and that is approximately 200 bees.  We think one of our pollinator houses for sale should be enough for most bee lovers, but here’s a basic guide:

  • Small apartment patio to urban yard: 1 Kind Bee Kit
  • Larger suburban yards: 2 Kind Bee Kits
  • Yards over 1 acre: 3 Kind Bee Kits

It’s not a science! If you have questions about your space or our pollinator houses for sale, please email us at hello@kindbeefarms.com. Remember, you need flowers and plants for these bees to find food or they might hire a moving van and move your bee home to another yard!

Do you have a Refund Policy?

We want to help our customers get their yards buzzing as quickly as possible, so we have a replacement policy.

For issues, please contact us at hello@kindbeefarms.com within 2 weeks of your delivery date and include the following information: 1) A description of the problem, and 2) photos of any damage or issues with the materials. We can then process a replacement order for you right away!

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