Delivered in specially designed hives, Bumble Bees (Bombus impatiens) can be used effectively for the pollination of a variety of crops like tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplants, melons, strawberries, apples, pears and cherries. Improved pollination results in larger more abundant fruits and vegetables.
With the maintenance-free Garden Hive (Natupol Class-C), you don’t have to be a beekeeper to have the benefits of proper pollination. All you have to do is remove the hive from the shipping box, open the entrance, and walk away.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Each hive consists of 45 to 60 workers and has an expected life span of 4-5 weeks. Covers up to 5,000 square feet. Larger hives available upon request.
Step 1: Place the bumble bee hive 1-3 feet above the ground, in a protected area. Do NOT place the hive among foliage!
Step 2: After placement, let the hive settle for about 1 hour before opening.
Step 3: If crops are located in a greenhouse, open the garden hive when ventilation windows are closed (early evening). This prevents the bumble bees from leaving during their orientation flights.
Step 4: After their initial orientation flights the bumble bees will immediately start pollinating crops.
We can ship hives to the following states for pollination in greenhouses only. All hives are equipped with a “queen excluder” door to prevent queens from leaving the hives.
b. California (growers must apply to the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture for a permit)
h. New Mexico
We are unable to ship any hives into Oregon and Hawaii.
We can ship hives into all other states for both greenhouse and field pollination.
Shipped Free (Federal Express)
We do everything we can to ensure safe arrival of your beneficial insects. To facilitate prompt arrival and avoid weekend holdovers during shipping, beneficial insect orders must be received by noon (MST) Wednesday to ship the following Monday or Tuesday. If multiple shipments or faster delivery is required, please call.
Orders placed during winter months will be shipped according to our 2014 Shipping Schedule, unless otherwise specified at checkout.
Please call us at (406) 582-0920 if you have questions concerning the shipping of our beneficial insects.
Planet Natural guarantees live, timely delivery of our beneficial insects. Instructions for care and release are provided with each order.
Note: Beneficial Insects are perishable. To ensure live delivery, it is important that you receive your order when it arrives. Once your order has shipped, a Fed Ex tracking number will be sent to you via email announcing when your package will be deliverd. We will NOT be responsible for “live shipments” left unattended at your doorstep. Please make contingent arrangements to have them picked up by a neighbor or delivered to a work address if you will not be home during the day.