PRE-ORDER SPRING 2021
NOTE: This is a Pre-Order Item and will ship after construction is completed. Pre-Order Runs till Jan 31st 2021. Orders will be completed and shipped in February 2021. Bumble Bee Emergence is typically March-May depending on your region but can be earlier. This Kit does not include any bees. Be forewarned, adoption rates for artificial bumble bee nests is very low. We are on the frontier of bumble bee conservation here. This kit should be treated as a starting point for an ongoing project to attract and conserve bumble bee populations and while we cannot guarantee bumble bee occupation we have made this box with the latest information for how to attract and keep bumble bees.
Bumble Bee Hall Includes
1 x Juniper Bumble Bee Nest House (7" x 9" x 14")
1 x Removable Nest Tray
1 x Organic Kapok Plant Fibre Nesting Material
1 x Instructions and Info Pamphlet
Bumble Bees are wonderful creatures. There is no reason for them to be as stupid and as cute as they are, but here we are. Sometimes nature is like "here, sorry about all the nightmare creatures, here is an adorable flying idiot."
Bumble bees are also incredible buzz pollinators, much better than domesticated European honey bees, and with a longer season of activity than most solitary bees.
They do however have a hard time nesting in urban and suburban environments as most species of bumble nest either on or below ground in former rodent dens. With displaced rodent populations, modern pesticides, and lawn care practices, they end up in some weird places and sometimes take over bird houses.
That is where artificial bumble bee nests can come in. Designed to mimic an abandoned rodent den, these structures are intended to provide a safe space for bumble bee queens to start their brood.
After researching many different bumble bee nest house designs, I decided to make my own version incorporating many of the features that have been successful with some improvements for security, re-use, and maintenance.
Solid rot resistant juniper construction with eco friendly finishes allows you to try out the best location for your local bumble bees, being able to be placed on the ground, below the ground, or elevated like a bird house, the sturdy construction of this nest box keeps its features intact no matter where you choose to install it.
The entry door has a small lip and ramp for landing bees but without much grasping space for predators. Elevated entrance allows you to place it in heavy plant growth or even mound dirt and gravel around the entrance. The Entrance framing provides some shelter from weather and simulates the kind of covered space a rodent might make a nest in.
The entrance leads to a tunnel like antechamber which has a small lip allowing it to be filled with regional dirt or gravel and provides water protection for the main nesting chamber.
In the main nesting chamber a low riser leads to an elevated nesting area similar to how rodents build their dens. The nesting area itself is a sturdy removable frame with a mesh screen base which sits securely into grooves on the floor. Nesting material is kept away from the walls by the frames beams and the frame itself keeps the nest off of direct contact with the bottom of the nest box. This can also be filled with some regional gravel or dirt. A dual purpose screened ventilation and drainage hole lays beneath the nest to let moisture out without letting pests in. Two additional screened ventilation holes are on the exterior walls.
The included Kapok organic plant fiber is a natural cotton/fur like fibred that is safe to use as nesting material and mimics a rodents down lined nest. That is what the queen bumble wants the most, a pre-made plush bed.
The lid for the nest box is made up of two primary sealing boards, and a heavy capping roof. The sealing boards lay in grooves over each chamber to keep pests out. The heavy lid then is set over the top of the box with no seams on top and overlaps the exterior to form a roof. Two bolts with rubber gasket washers secure the lid without letting moisture in.
The interior will be untreated but the exterior of our nest box will be treated with an eco-friendly non-toxic sealer to extend product life.
Juniper is a highly decay resistant wood similar to cedar with a higher density and a mild insect resistance, where cedar can drive away bees, juniper seems to primarily disturb the mites that try to prey on bees.
Please understand that since this is a PRE-ORDER item and a first year design, some elements may change during construction, but they should be relatively minor and you will be notified. Colors represented in the images are only used to highlight different parts of the product. Updated product images using the final materials will be provided as initial boxes are constructed.
You will be charged at checkout the full price and shipping cost.