Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:43
I've bought boxes before with the tubes already in and had great success. All the tubes filled and the majority hatched. However, when I read about solitary bee houses it seems that if you leave them out year after year that parasites and disease can become a problem as time goes on. So this year I bought bee tubes and as advised by Google I lined them with brown paper. I can then remove the paper tubes and put them somewhere cold in a box over winter. When the weather warms up I'll place the paper tubes somewhere sunny and dry and the bees will hopefully hatch directly from the paper tubes. This then ensures that If there are any parasites they will be in the paper tubes and the wooden/bamboo will be clean and ready for next year. They are quite expensive to throw away.