Bee's Watering Hole

It always amazes me how much water the bees require on any given day.

Over the years I’ve experimented with different types of watering holes … from buckets, to bird baths, to pie plates.

I recently repurposed a ‘chick waterer’ into a bee watering hole by adding polished rocks as platforms for the bees to stand on. One of my favourite things about this is that I can tell at a glance if the water is getting low.

Here are the three most important things to remember about bee watering holes:

  1. Have one! If you don’t provide water the bees will search for it in the neighbour’s yard … including the neighbour’s bird bath, kiddie pool and leaky hoses.
  2. Keep it in the same place. Bees are creatures of habit. Once their GPS system knows where to find water they will return to it daily and tell all their friends.
  3. Keep it filled with water. There’s nothing more annoying than a store that keeps running out of your favourite item, causing you to have to go to another store. Well the bees feel the same way. If your bee waterer is often out of water they will look elsewhere and it can be difficult, if not impossible, to lure them back.