Plan Bee Houses
You will not find a better Native Bee house anywhere!*
Our Plan Bee Houses are the result of extensive research into exactly what Orchard Mason and Leafcutter Bees need to be happy, healthy and highly productive in your orchard or garden.
It took two years of building and testing before we created our Plan Bee House for wood-dwelling solitary bees, and every year since we’ve improved our design. We think you’ll agree that it’s a perfect blend of healthy habitat, ease of use, and beautiful aesthetics.
*We admit to being just a bit biased!
What’s So Special?
There are lots of native bee houses available online, but we haven’t found any that incorporate everything Orchard Mason and Leafcutter Bees need in such an attractive and durable package. Many are made of plastic straws or PVC material, which provide a perfect environment for mold, mildew and parasites, but not for native bees in the hot, humid weather east of the Rocky Mountains. Some use inexpensive woods that quickly crack and warp, or build with eastern cedar, which is an insect repellent! Others have drilled holes in wood that are too close together, too hard to clean or too shallow. (Avoid any bee house that has holes less than 6″ deep, since a too shallow hole can result in all MALE bees!) Finally, most native bee houses do not provide for both inner nesting straws and outer protector tubes, which are a necessity for cleanliness and parasite control. I think I’ve seen ‘em all, but I haven’t found a more attractive and durable native bee house design than ours, and I know you’ll be proud to hang one in your yard.
Every feature of the Plan Bee House is specially designed to promote lots of healthy bees and to make your beekeeping experience easy, including:
- a design that replicates the bee’s ideal nesting site – a dark hole in a tree
- inner nesting straws that are easy and inexpensive to replace, and that help keep the holes mold and parasite free
- a 5/16″ hole diameter that results in large, healthy bees
- a 6″ hole depth to assure the best male to female ratio
- heavy cardboard outer protector tubes that hold the nesting straws, and keep bees safe from parasitic wasps and other intruders
- a hollow nest box that facilitates access and air circulation, and provides tube storage
- constructed of low-maintenance, sustainable, rot-resistant hardwoods
- 2″ roof overhangs to help keep out wind and rain
- pre-drilled hanging holes for quick, secure mounting.