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Hi, I wish to create a Bumble Bee nest box, but I've read that they seldom get used unless you use mouse or vole nest material as packing inside the flowerpot. Something to do with the smell that queen bumbles are geared for.
It's a project I wish to do with my 5year old, our little bit to help stop the bumble bee disappearing from our gardens.
I'm hoping some of you might have come across an old nest in your shed or under some logs etc. If you can stick it in a jiffy bag and send it to me, I'll happily pay the costs.
Thanking you in advance.
Edit: actually, several of my daughters friends keep mice/rats as pets, you think this will work?
are the sites I've been looking at. Just something fun for the kids (and me!) and does a little for the humble Bumble!
They use vole and mouse holes, it is actually the smell of mouse or vole on the bedding that entices the queen to nest there. Bees are in decline due to habitat destruction and lack of food sources, also been walloped with bad summers last couple of years and the use of nasty sprays that kill them too. So if I can help out in some small way, then it's all good. I love Bumbles, the noise they make and the fact they are so docile and non-confrontational, unlike nosey wasps, who seem to have a finger on the stinger at every opportunity.
lol figrat, you made me chortle!