Many thanks to everyone who made it out to the bee hotel workshop this weekend!
In this video assistant curator Ben goes over some of the reasons to care about native bees and why you might what to make a bee hotel.
A few things to keep in mind when you’re making yours:
- Hang the hotel between 3-5 feet off the ground if you can
- Different diameters and depths of holes will attract different kinds of native bees (See: Creating a Solitary Bee Hotel by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
- Hanging the hotel in the shade will attract more wasps. Hanging it in the sun, especially eastward facing, will increase the likelihood of bees living there
- Avoid using plastics for your bee hotel
- If you want to paint your bee hotel, remember to use paints that do not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Bee hotels can’t fix everything though, it also helps to preserve organic leaf litter and fallen trees.
If you’re interested in learning more about honey bees, check out Humber Arboretum’s Sustainable Urban Beekeeping Courses
Also be sure to check out our “How to be Bee Friendly” handout!
With thanks to the support from Humber’s Office of Sustainability