Cleaning a Mason Bee house

Keep parasite numbers low and prevent the spread of disease within the colony by cleaning your mason bee house and discarding suspicious cocoons.

Mason Bee HouseCover your work area with newspaper to collect debris like mud and bee poop. Remove all plastic or wood trays from the house. Carefully pry cocoons off and set them aside—inside are fully developed bees in hibernation. Soak trays in soapy water, scrub them with a brush, and rinse thoroughly. Soak again in a five per cent eco-friendly oxygen bleach solution to kill bacteria and fungi. Rinse well and let dry.

Buying Local

Locally grown food is better for your health, better for the environment, and the right choice to support BC farmers and producers and the BC economy.

Local produce is the freshest produce you can buy. It is picked when it is fully ripe and delivered to you quicker than produce imported from another province, country, or continent. Imported produce is picked weeks before it is ripe, and often, the nutrients, taste, texture, and colour have not fully developed, which can result in the produce being gassed to create a pleasing, healthy appearance to the consumer.

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