|One way of building a native bee nest-holes in a log|
For this project you will need a few things:
1. Scrap wood-I used an untreated piece of 4x4 I had laying around but a 4x6 would be better-it should also be at least 6 in long and can be as long as you would like. I have seen them 3 feet long. You will also need a piece of wood for the roof-I used cedar shake.
2. A couple nails and a couple screws.
3. A saw
4. A drill and drill bits (drill bit size 1/4 to 5/16 in)
To begin building your house you need to first cut your 4x4 or 4x6 so that the top will have an angel (so water will run off). I had a piece of wood that was bigger so I just cut it in half at an angle:
|Make the cut at an angle|
|Using pencil to transfer hole spacing on pegboard|
|Place paper over wood to use as a guide|
|Use the paper as a template for holes|
|Drilled holes in bee house|
|Measure roof so it has an overhang|
I put it out now because the native bees will be out and nesting before you know it and I want to be prepared for them. So try to get this or any other bee house out before March.
This is a cheap and easy project that you can do in minutes. I think it looks pretty good considering my woodworking abilities. Not only does this project reuse some of the wood leftover from other projects it also helps out my native bee population. I hope you try this out and let me know how it works for you.