I know how much you all LOVE native bees. They do so much for us. So I was thinking…”How can we give back to the native bee community and help increase their numbers in our area?” We can build homes for them!!
Building a native bee nest and putting it up around your home can help the bees by providing a nest for them to put their offspring (babies) in AND it can be cool to watch them. I know how excited you all must be, so I will get down to making this home happen. By the way, this can also be a cool projects for kids!
The materials you will need are a 4×4 wood (untreated) block. You can buy this at places like Home Depot or other places that sell lumber. If you buy a long piece, cut it into several 6-8 inch pieces so you have a 4x4x8 inch block. Cut an angle at the top of the block because you will be putting a small roof on your bee house. You can use a thinner piece of wood for the roof. Nail the roof on the top of the block making sure that the roof is long enough to protect the nest from rain and sun.
To make the actual cavities you will need a drill and various drill bit sizes. You can either use the same hole size for the entire block or you can use several different hole sizes to get different bees nesting in the same block. I tend to go for the second choice. You can use 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, 3/8″ hole sizes. Take your pick.
Drill holes as shown in the picture below. The holes are 3 inches deep and they do not have to be in a straight line. You can drill your own pattern if you would like.
You can also drill a hole at the back of the box to create a hanger. The best place to hang the bee nest is near flowers or trees. Just nail it about 3-5 feet above the ground. I like to have it about 5 feet above the ground so I can see if the holes are being used.
You can find more sites that show you how to build these nests here .
Let me know if you build one!