// WHAT DOES THE BEE BRICK OR BEE POST DO?
The Bee brick and the Bee post provide a safe nesting site for solitary bees.
// WHERE SHOULD I POSITION THE BEE BRICK OR BEE POST?
Ideally our bee brick should be positioned in a south facing wall at an approximate height of 1 metre off the ground or more. You should ensure there is no vegetation blocking the entrance cavities.
// WON’T THE BEES STING ME OR MY CHILDREN AND PETS?
Solitary bees are non aggressive and therefore are safe to encourage into your garden and have around children and pets. The female bee will only sting if handled roughly or if stepped on and the male bees have no sting.
// WHEN CAN I EXPECT BEES TO USE THE NESTING SITES?
You can expect to see mason and leaf cutter bees emerging from their nests in the spring. The males make the first appearance in the milder days of mid to late March, shortly followed by the females about two weeks later. Females first job is to feed on sugar rich nectar and the second is to choose a mate. After a 5 to 10 minutes mating session the business of searching for a suitable nesting site begins. Females are then active until the end of June/middle of July, creating their nests.
// DO I NEED TO CLEAN OUT THE BRICK OR POST?
Ideally nests should be cleaned at least every two years. To do this you will need to wait until the nest is clearly vacated, probably mid June, and then use a pipe cleaner to thoroughly clean out the cavities.
// HOW MANY BRICKS SHOULD I USE?
The more bricks you use the more bees you encourage. You are only limited by your design choices as there is no reason not to implement as many bee bricks as you can and encourage a rich population of solitary bees, ready to go forth and pollinate.
// WHAT SORT OF BEES WILL USE THE BEE BRICK OR BEE POST?
The bee brick will attract cavity nesting solitary bees, mason and leaf cutter bees.
// WILL MY HOME BE AT RISK FROM BEES ENTERING THE CAVITY WALLS?
The cavities in the bee brick do not go all the way though to the back meaning that no bees will enter your cavity walls, they are contained purely within the brick.
// WILL MY WALLS FILL WITH HONEY?
The bee brick and bee post will be used as nesting sites for solitary bees which do not produce honey therefore there is no risk of sweetening your cement!
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