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Old 11-26-2011, 10:52 AM   #8
Dave Hunter
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Drilling holes in stumps and wood is actually not a good thing to do. While it's natural and is a great home for mason bees, it actually invites pest build up as well. Drilled holes work well for about 1-2 years. After that, the pest build up winds up shutting down more holes with the owner unaware of damage occurring.

Better is to have a means of harvesting cocoons in the fall. A variety of nesting material is available from paper tubes and reeds to pull-apart wood trays.

By the way, be cautious with buying mason bees. You do want to ensure that bees you're purchasing are native to your area. A few companies sell western bees to eastern states. Not only is it unethical to the bee which doesn't survive there, it's a bad purchase for the gardener.

Thanks,

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