Where/When can i purchase the beemushroomed feeder (BMF)?
The feeders are currently in production, we anticipate they will be distributed in spring 2020.
Beemushroomed Feeder? What is this?
We developed the BeeMushroomed Feeder (BMF for short) as a novel delivery system of these extracts, using computer modeling and 3D printers. The pairing of the extracts and BMF will create a massive delivery system of these extracts to help save the bees and other pollinators.
Where can i buy the BMF? How much does it cost?
We are working hard during the prototyping and design stages to choose practical materials and processes for manufacturing. We hope to offer the BeeMushroomed Feeder (BMF) for free with a subscription to the bee supporting extract and shipping costs only. Pre-order forms are here.
CAN THE FEEDER BE USED IN AN URBAN SETTING?
Yes, it can be used in most areas to support pollinator populations.
What bees will this help?
All bees and other pollinators! Especially bumblebee populations.
What is in the extract?
The extract is a proprietary polypore mushroom extract blend. It was developed by Paul Stamets and tested with Washington State, see the Research page for more information.
How does the extract work?
As the ecosystem has become fragmented by industrial development the bees have lost their natural habitats. These habitats have naturally occurring mycelial mats that the bees have been known to interact with (i.e. bee hives in rotting logs) The mushroom extract is a functional food that boosts the immunity of bees. See the Research Page for more information on our extract and wild bee populations.
What Is the BeeMushroomed Feeder made of?
Initial prototypes were printed in resin using a Formlabs 2 (3D) printer. We are manufacturing the test units in recyclable polypropylene. In the future, we plan to use recycled ocean plastic.
Can i make one with my 3d printer?
Once we start distribution the 3d printing plans will be available for non-commercial use.
WHERE IS THE BEST LOCATION TO PUT THE FEEDER?
An ideal location would be in a highly visible place in your yard, below treeline but out of reach of curious animals. If you do not notice bees, try moving the location of the feeder closer to pollinating flowers.
Can other insects get inside?
The design includes standoff legs and hanging equipment to deter other intruding insects, but it’s possible that other insects might like the food too. Keep a log book if you see other interesting insects in your Bee Feeder- it could be more rare pollinators that are native to your area. It often takes 3-10 days for bees to discover and since yellow jacks & wasps also carry these bee-damaging viruses, if they visit the bee feeder, that is good too ! If so, you May see them happily co-visiting and sharing !
What should I do if I see ants or other insects on the bee feeder?
First we suggest changing the location of the BMF. Next, We suggest using a product such as "Tanglefoot” if the issue is not resolved by relocating the BMF. (Tanglefoot paste is made with all natural ingredients: gum, resins, vegetable oil and wax. It is non-drying, sticky and has a caramel color. Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier is ready to use, long-lasting, weather resistant and certified non-toxic to humans, pets, beneficial insects and to the environment.)
IS there a patent for the beemushroomed feeder?
How do i make the extract Feed?
Mix (by volume), 1/2 water and 1/2 sugar. Heat this sugar water to simmering so it dissolves. Allow to cool. Now add 1%, by volume, our Reishi extract. This is equivalent to 1 ml. per 1000 mls. (1 liter). A single oz. (30 ml.) is enough to fill the 3000 ml. (3 liters) jar accompanying the bee feeder 10 times ! Depending on bee visits, this will help the bees for many weeks, if not months. Donʼt bee surprised if it takes 3-5 days for the bees to discover. Once they do their waggle dance to let other bees know, they will soon stream to your bee feeder.
What is the best way to clean it?
Take apart and empty any excess contents of the feeder, use hot water and a mild soap mixture. We do recommend using a small brush (i.e. old toothbrush) to scrub away any buildup inside the feeder. Please try to use an eco-friendly soap, and rinse thoroughly.
*We do not recommend using petroleum-based soaps, as it contributes to the oil complex. (Dawn)
Can I use pesticides and herbicides in proximity to my bee feeder?
Insecticides do harm bee populations. Please search for natural options like essential oils, and companion planting.
WHen should i put my feeder out?
Spring is usually when bees become active.
When should I bring it in in the fall?
In late summer, when bees have not been spotted for at least 7-10 days, it is safe to remove the feeders and store them until next spring. Make sure you wash your feeder thoroughly before storing for winter.