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Esschert Design WA02 Bee House

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  • Encourage Mason Bees to stay near your garden
  • Mason bees are found throughout the US
  • Mason bees generally find holes in wood to nest in. Our house provides the perfect environment
  • Most flowers depend on insects for pollination
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Esschert Design WA02 Bee House + The Orchard Mason Bee: The Life History, Biology, Propagation, and Use of a North American Native Bee + Mason Bee House
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches ; 2.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B000AMWT34
  • Item model number: WA02
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

It is desirable to have mason bees in your garden because they are prolific pollinators and less likely to sting than honeybees. Attract them to your garden with this splendid home. These bees generally nest in holes created by woodpeckers and beetles,

Customer Reviews

Wow we were so excited they moved in so quickly!
westIsle-gal
The roof isn't long enough to protect the tube entrances from rain.
Sarah Jenkins
Made well and is a good conversation piece in the garden.
Graham F. Nicholson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Goodell on January 7, 2009
The bee house is a nice idea to pollinate plants. The construction was not done well. Two of the bamboo shoots were crushed in the making of the house...not during shipping. There must not be quality control at the manufacturer. But there are plenty of good bamboo shoots for the bees to make their home in.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany P. Rice on November 18, 2009
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I have purchased this item twice so far. This first time I received it, the corners of the metal roof were bent and the bamboo was coming loose on the inside (this was not due to improper packing, but rather lack of inspection by the order fulfillment people at Amazon). I returned the bee house and was promptly shipped a replacement by Amazon.

I just received the second bee house today and again, the roof was bent and the bamboo shoots were literally falling out of the house upon opening the box. Again, NOT due to improper packing, but poor Quality Control in the Order Fulfillment department at Amazon (even a blind man could have felt the bamboo falling out and the bent roof).

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME ORDERING THIS PRODUCT....CHANCES ARE MORE THAN FAVORABLE IT WILL ARRIVE AT YOUR DOORSTEP DAMAGED.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jenkins on April 12, 2012
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I bought this bee house a couple years ago because I really liked the way it looks. The variety of diameter of the bamboo was attractive because it will accommodate many different species (about 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch range internal diameter). Native bees come in many sizes and I wanted to provide homes for more than just mason bees. I also liked that it would be fairly easy to remove the bamboo after the nesting season and replace with new, clean bamboo. There were no bent corners or broken bamboo.

Flaws:
1) Bees like a sturdy home, so the house shouldn't be hung by the built-in wire.
2) The roof isn't long enough to protect the tube entrances from rain.
3) The bamboo isn't cut precisely so some of them have the dividing node closer to the entrance instead of at the rear. You can see this on the item photo with some tubes being closed at the front. Some of the bamboo tubes have no nodes (you can see all the way through them). Bees prefer to have one end closed.
4) The tubes are only about 4 inches long. This is a good length for holes less than 1/4" in diameter. But for holes 1/4" and bigger, the bees need 6" in length.

It is interesting to note that after hanging the house up (using the wire hanger) for one year near my pollinator garden, I had no resident bees. I took the house down and left it on a patio table to remind me to clean it and make necessary modifications. Within a week, there was a carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) nesting in one of the largest tubes. I am quite surprised that she is using such a short tunnel and picked the bamboo over the timbers on my deck! She spent several days creating a pile of sawdust by making her own modifications to the inside of the tube. I have seen evidence that she is now packing it with pollen.

This bee house will work with modification. It will be best if you have a sturdy platform for it and a covered area to protect it from rain.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tania Zaleski on February 16, 2009
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Not the best quality but it will get the job done. The bamboo shoots are not all evenly smooth inside and some need to be re-glued to keep from falling out.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Phoenix on February 17, 2012
Honestly, I have not purchased this item, but I have been keeping mason bees for the last 3 years and there is no diameter size mentioned in the description of this item. Some of the bamboo in the picture looks too large. The bees would have to carry extra mud to seal each egg cell in the larger holes and this would be a waste of their energy [since they only live a few months]. Recommended hole size is 5/16. The item "Schrodt Designs Model ML Mason Bee Lodge" sold by Amazon does not mention the diameter of the holes in their item but it looks better than this item.
Hope this helps someone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher McCracken on January 10, 2014
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Thought it was super cute, good quality (for the price). But, in the Pacific Northwest, it was a little damp, and the thing molded after a few rainy months.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.E. on January 13, 2014
I haven't BEEn able to place it in my yard yet because of the climate here in northeast Ohio,but I am anxiously waiting for Spring to arrive to find the perfect place for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham F. Nicholson on January 3, 2014
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Looks good hanging in the garden but no residents yet even though free accommodation is the sign I hung with it. Made well and is a good conversation piece in the garden.
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