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These rugged nesting trays are made of environmentally friendly corn material that stack to create 30 nesting tunnels. just the right number to start your Mason Bee population.
The biggest advantage of these corn nesting trays are that they are re-useable over many years unless the rodents get them first. Protect from rodents! the second big advantage is that they can be thoroughly cleaned free of bacterial and fungal diseases. Although production is less than in wooden nesting trays and cardboard nesting tubes, good populations can be kept in gardens year in and year out.
The shades and colours of these Quicklock nesting trays assist mason bees in finding their nesting tunnels. Our Quicklock nesting trays have matching grooves. When paired and stacked, the trays form nesting tunnels 7.5 mm or 5/16 of an inch in diameter – the optimum diameter that mason bees prefer. The stacking design makes cleaning and harvesting a snap. In the fall, simply pop the trays apart and gently slide the cocoons out of the exposed grooves with our Bee Scoop. The Quicklock Corn Nesting trays are designed to slide into BeeDiverse Mason Bee Homes.
Harvest time. The easiest time to harvest cocoons from these nests is in the fall before winter temperatures fall. Cooler temperatures will condense moisture onto cocoons and allow mold to grow inside the nest. If this happens wash cocoons with a 0.05% bleach solution. Wash with a brush in COLD water. Do not use anything other than cold water. Our most recent raw material is safe using cold water, but may deform if warm or hot water is used for washing trays.
Includes 10 interlocking pieces with 30 nesting tunnels
Accommodates up to 30 females and 180 eggs
Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.9 x 15.2 cm or 3.5 x 3 x 6 inches.