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Guided by research and built to last. A timeless design that is wonderfully easy to maintain.

Our Story

Unlike many other wild bee houses and insect hotels, we created ours alongside scientists specializing in wild bees, following all currently known best practices and research. We don't think you'll find a better home anywhere.

Our bee homes are made of the longest lasting domestic hardwood for outdoor use: white oak. They are treated with high quality, environmentally friendly finishes that are typically reserved for decks and outdoor cladding. You'll have your bee home for so long you'll be passing it on to your grandchildren.

An Instar wild bee house in white oak without finish

Small But Mighty

Unlike a large honey bee hive, wild bee homes contain only a handful of wild, non-aggressive pollinators. We intentionally keep the number of nesting sites in our homes small, as recent research has shown a strong correlation between density of nests and the number of them that get taken over by parasites.

Definitely not for honey bees

While there are 8 honey bee species in the world, there are about 20,000 others, with over 4000 in the US alone.

Unlike honey bees - which are a domesticated European species - many of our wild bees live solitary lives, with one mother bee building a nest for her young. In addition, honey bees can actually suppress native bee populations.

Our bee homes are built specifically for those bees referred to as "cavity nesters", which usually find their homes in holes in dead wood.

Carefully Crafted Design

Instar bee home without finish from the front

Low-Density Nesting Sites

A leafcutter bee nest with the top removed to reveal the entire nest

Deep Nesting Blocks

Nesting blocks shown from the rear to demonstrate that they do not have rear entries.

Parasite-Resistant Nests

A bee home with a single nesting block partially removed

Removable Nesting Blocks

Built to Last

A small can of Osmo country colour finish in blue.

Solid Oak + Safe Outdoor Finish

A bottle of Titebond 3 wood glue

Waterproof Wood Glues + Joinery

A small pile of stainless steel machine screws

Stainless Steel and Coated Hardware

A close-up of one of our nesting blocks with a viewing window

UV Resistant Rubber Bands

The front cover of Karl Krombein's book Trap-Nesting Wasps and Bees

A "Check Engine" Light for Your Yard

Introduced in Karl Krombein's 1967 book Trap-Nesting Wasps and Bees, nesting blocks like those in our homes have been an invaluable tool for anyone looking to house and observe some of our most critical wild pollinators.

Properly designed and placed, nesting blocks help you to understand which species of solitary, cavity-nesting bees you have, and whether their populations are healthy. If this home remains empty, it should set off alarm bells and point to a need to plant more wildflowers or other flowering plants in your yard.

In areas where we often clear dead wood and other natural sources of nesting sites, nesting blocks like ours ensure there is a base level of nesting sites for cavity-nesting bees. These bees help to pollinate plants up to a 300m radius around where they live.

See Our Bee Home Guide

Our guide covers the basics about native bees and how to set up and maintain our bee homes. Download our guide to see how easy it is to get started!

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Learn More About Wild Bees

The book The Bees In Your Backyard is an amazing resource for both novices and experts. If you're looking to understand the native bees in your area and which things to grow to best support them, this is the perfect place to start.

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