• Crown Bees is a good website to look at for more info. They’re not local to you, so won’t give the best Minnesota-based advice, but they won’t ship you non-native bees, and the website has lots of information and pictures of ways to prevent buildup of pests. I got my mason bees from there, and I can also vouch for their great customer service, which seems more service-oriented than sales-oriented.

    February 24, 2012
    • Meleah

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you! I just took a look at Crown Bees and they have a lot of helpful information, as well as excerpts from writings about the problem of shipping non-native bees. I think I will get some mason bees this year once I read up on them a bit more. I appreciate your thoughts.

      February 24, 2012
    • Tim

      When do you release your mason bees in MN?

      March 25, 2012
      • Meleah

        Good question. Mason bees are typically orchard pollinators. They need to be released when they’ll have a food source available, so it’s best to wait until some plants are in bloom, which is usually late April or early May in Minnesota. Raising mason bees successfully is not difficult, but there are some important things to understand. I would recommend reading the “What to Do” section of the Crown Bees website: http://www.crownbees.com/category/what-to-do/getting-started.

        March 27, 2012
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    March 03, 2014

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