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Mason Bees in log home cracks

 
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Nurse Bee


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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 2:56 am    Post subject: Mason Bees in log home cracks Reply with quote

We built a house past fall.
I saw a number of bees flying around and checking the house out in the spring, and now I believe many of them made a home in the cracks.

They also populated some pipes.. but continue to refuse to populate the mason bee "hotel" i bought for them (and stuck it between drying logs)

They're harmless to the logs, right?
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to ID the bees. Mason and Leaf Cutters are probably fine. The Mason cocoons will over winter in the log and be gone in spring, unless they find another crack.

Carpenter bees may be another matter. Can you take a photo?

Ron
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've certainly learned the difference between carpenter bees and mason bees.

Mason bees are all over the place, and carpenter bees I've been waging a war with.

I am going to post in a separate thread.
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