Bumble Bee Nesting Box
Product installation and instructions
Passionate about increasing bumble bee populations and pollination, BeeGAP’s new and improved Bumble Bee Nesting Box has been designed to provide the ideal nesting habitat for searching bumble bee queens.
Following a five year research trial in one single location, results have reflected an unprecedented occupancy rate of up to 90% - almost three times as high as the standard nesting boxes previously on the market*.
Encouraging bumble bees to nest in your garden will help increase pollination of fruit trees, flowers and vegetables.
The new and improved slotted front design provides a perfect habitat away from predators and helps increase the bumble bee population in and around your garden.
Of critical important, let’s start with the location of the Bumble Bee Nesting Box.
When selecting a site, be sure to consider the following points;
- The box should be placed in full or partial shade. If the interior gets too hot, the larvae will cook. If the box will be in the sun part of the day, morning sun is better than afternoon sun.
- The box opening should face the morning sun, even if it is not directly in the sun.
- The box should be sheltered from prevailing winds, with the entrance at ground level.
- Suitable nesting areas may include; under a hedge, at the base of a fence and/or alongside a garden shed.
Be sure the Bumble Bee Nesting Box is clear from any sprinklers and ground prone to poor drainage, preventing the nest from becoming damp, or worse, water-logged.
The nest should be placed within 500 metres of early blooming plants, but the closer the better. If you put the box in an area where bumbles are common, you will be likely to have a better chance of attracting a searching queen bumble bee.
Secure the box to avoid predation from small mammals that enjoy a savoury meal of bee brood. Ants can also be a problem around bumble bee nests. Bumble bees like a secluded spot, so choose an area away from pets and human traffic if possible.
In many areas of the country bumble bee queens can often be seen coming out of hibernation during warmer winter days. In warmer parts of the country bumble bees can be seen flying and will nest all year round. Bumble bee queens will generally start searching for their new habitat from early spring through to autumn.
* 90% percent occupancy rate in small scale tests carried out over the last five years in a single location.