Bees are friendly pollinators with vital importance for our ecosystem. If they are happy and healthy we would have healthy plants, so why not build a ‘bee hotel’ in your garden to make this happen?
There are around 4,000 bee species native to North America. They are doing their job more efficiently than the popular European honeybee.
However, there’s been a considerable decline in native bee population since they’ve been losing habitat at a rapid rate. Luckily, you can help save bees by building them a house right there in your garden. They will pollinate your garden in return for your kindness.
Each female bee will create her own nest near the other females of her species, as most of them are solitary (90%). Usually, you’ll need some container or a box to fill it up with pinecones, sticks, logs, or bamboo stalks with drilled holes in them.
By building these bee homes, you are giving them choices and a shelter. This activity won’t take much time and effort, and when it comes to the required material, you won’t have a problem supplying it.
If you have a birdhouse, use it to make the house base by removing the walls and leaving only the framing. Use a bent license plate to make a cool, sturdy roof. Drill holes in pieces of bamboo stalks or blocks of wood and add them in the framing to make small living areas for the friendly bees.
To make hibernation areas in your garden for these little insects use clay pots, cardboard, and bricks. Put cardboard, pine cones, and sticks all together in a clay pot, and place them nicely to make a beautiful mix of recycled garden material.
Cinderblocks are a perfect choice for building multi-storied high-rise hotels for these hard-working insects. They will protect them from the elements. Drill holes in a stump or bamboo stalks and put them into the cinderblock gaps to make them a nesting area. Color the cinderblocks with paint to give your garden a decorative touch.
To create a small but useful living area for bees, fill a mason jar with small bamboo poles or cuts. Then, just place the jar in some area in your garden. You’ll know the bees have moved in by seeing mud and other material in the bamboo tips.
Arrange bits of wood or bamboo canes in an upcycled wine box. To add some texture to the bee house, use a different type of material for the nesting pods.
Create these decorative bee houses in your garden to provide protection and shelter for native bees. They will be more than grateful and happy to return your favor.