Don't Worry, Bee Happy - Our Bee-N-Bee in Camas, WA

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

 

 

As you can see in this short video clip, our Bee-N-Bee is filled with activity at our rural home in Camas, Washington. The occupants are Mason Bees, a wonderful hardworking, and gentle (non-stinging), pollinator.  We work in the vegetable and flower gardens together in perfect harmony.  

 

Although, unlike the honey bee, Mason bees do not produce honey. They make up for it though. These desirable bees pollinate approximately 1000 blooms a day. For reference, honey bees pollinate about 500 blooms day. Talk about productive!  

 

In 2016, the UN released a sobering statistic. Nearly 40% of insect pollinators are in danger of becoming extinct. Native bees rely on us to help provide the proper habitat for them to not only survive - but thrive. Raising Mason bees is a good option for those of us who are a bit timid about hosting honey bees.  

 

We are happy to share our organic gardens with them. There are no harmful chemicals of any kind used here  Our fertilizer and soils are even organic, we rely on the magic of compost and compost tea.  No miracle potion, or magic potion - we tend to shun even the organic options. 

 

Chemicals are chemicals. Plus, we don't support any company that negatively impacts the environment - sadly, that's the case for some of the most popular fertilizers, so-called organic and non-organic, on the market. Another topic for another day - we get fired up over this stuff. 

 

Back to the friendly Mason bee. What a joy it is to see them flying in and out of their Bee-N-Bee house. They have been been active now for several weeks. The males only fly for a short three weeks, and the females for about seven-eight weeks. Even though we stop seeing them, their average life span is one year. 

 

Mason bee season is over when the tubes in the bee house are capped over with mud. This usually happens in the early summer.  After that, another type of friendly bee, the Leafcutter bee takes over.  That also is another post for another day.  In the meantime, go forth and bee! 

 



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Will Hamm
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Hello Debb and Bernice,  We need bees for the flowers for sure in our area.  They help are flower beds.

 

Apr 30, 2019 10:03 AM #1
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Debb and Bernie - "bee" happy is a good message for each and everyone of us.  

Apr 30, 2019 10:08 AM #2
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Will Hamm These little bees are wonderful neighbors to have in nature. 

Hi Michael Jacobs - to be, or not to be (bee) happy, it's up to us. 

Apr 30, 2019 10:13 AM #3
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Debb.

I think of you every time I see the bee magnet on the refrigerator you sent me that says, give bees a chance, go organic.  We are happy to report that the bees in our area are thriving, and I am sure they are honey bees.  They must be delighted with the buffet of flowers and vegetation that our rains have brought back.. We have been seeing lots of bea boxes in the avocado ranches. I love the Mason bees as a species. 

Apr 30, 2019 10:24 AM #4
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Beth Atalay
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Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, you are great hosts to these happy Mason Bees. I saw a commercial promoting an organic fertilizer that made me shake my head as I know it is far from organic. 

Apr 30, 2019 10:56 AM #5
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I'm happy to hear that, Ron and Alexandra Seigel - our bee population has grown in the last few years. Although, overheard a neighbor mention needing Round Up for the weeds last weekend. It made me want to scream. 

Apr 30, 2019 10:57 AM #6
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Hey Beth Atalay I know, those products are chemicals, pure and simple. Plants fight off pests and diseases by being healthy, as you know they get that from organic nutrients..- Miracle Gro - not so much. 

Apr 30, 2019 10:58 AM #7
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I did not know the difference between the bees before reading this.  So, they have to stay in the Bee N Bee, rather than having a room in the Multi-Gen home?

Apr 30, 2019 11:07 AM #8
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Debb,

I would copy the lawsuit that Round-Up lost proving their stuff is carcinogenic!  Who knows what it does to the environment, and all the creatures that land in that yard...Like you, I am crazed.  Together we spent a week getting rid of the weeds we had.  Some of our neighbors had their gardener do it without chemicals.  It cost them an extra $50.  I would happily pay it, weeding was a meditation and mindfulness exercise for us. A

Apr 30, 2019 11:28 AM #9
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Hahaha. Brian England as much as we love bees, they are not welcome to live in here. 

Apr 30, 2019 11:46 AM #10
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Deb... well, who knew? Obviously, you did. I had no idea that these bees did not sting or produce honey. Did you make up that name Bee-n-Bee house? If you did, you should trademark it.

Apr 30, 2019 12:08 PM #11
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD love the short video and what a fabulous way to market and keep the public informed about bees! Question: we have weeds in our back yard but we don't want to use anything bad that could hurt Barney. We tried an organic thing but it did nothing and now the yard is at least have weeds (clover). I thought you might have a good suggestion! At this point we decided that since Barney was having so many issues we'd just live with the weed yard. AT least it's green!

Apr 30, 2019 02:45 PM #12
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 that is simply a tough one - pulling weeds is my chore of late. Hahaha. ..not sure how many weeds you're talking about, but white vinegar, dawn dishwashing soap, and epson salt makes a pretty good weed tamer. It doesn't really zap the roots of some of the stubborn ones, but after several uses it can eradicate most of them. 

https://www.upliftingmayhem.com/3-ingredient-natural-weed-killer/

 

Apr 30, 2019 04:27 PM #13
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I love the video! Once I knew we had a grandson on the way, we got rid of our cactus, and do not use any type of pesticides anywhere. Everything is organic. He is all over the front and back courtyards!

Apr 30, 2019 07:32 PM #14
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Marte Cliff
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I've never heard of either type of bee - so thanks for the education! Our "bees," especially last year, tend to be yellow jackets. I only got stung once last summer, but the men who were working outside a lot didn't fare that well.

Meanwhile - your title caught me because it reminded me of my son's wedding. "Don't worry, be happy" was the recessional.

Apr 30, 2019 09:20 PM #15
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Debb, I love your video and I didn't realize Mason Bees don't sting. We don't use chemicals because we worry about the dogs and I've found too many little creatures that would be harmed as I weed. I'd never want to hurt them. Our flower beds don't always look perfect but, that's ok. 

May 01, 2019 06:04 AM #16
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD -  thank you for that information.  I have really learned something I didn't know.  Pollination as we all know is very important to the balance of nature.

May 01, 2019 08:49 AM #17
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Hi Debb and Bernie- I love that so many people are trying to do what they can for our wildlife with whom we share this earth. I read some sad news recently that some lower than life people vandalized many hives where the local bee association had them stored. 

May 01, 2019 02:12 PM #18
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for the interesting lesson on Mason bees. 

Have an outstanding week.

May 02, 2019 08:35 AM #19
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Debb and Bernie

LOVE your post, and your bee-n-bee video. I’ve never heard of these bees. But like the idea of non-stinging bees.

My brother-in-law is a beekeeper and we reap the benefits with free honey!

Jeff

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