How to build a DIY bee hotel

This June (also known as Pollinator Month), Burt’s Bees, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Pollinator Partnership and Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building have teamed up to build five bee hotels in Ontario. A “bee hotel” is a rest/nest spot for solitary pollinator bees, who work independently to spread pollen and nectar from plant to plant and make up over 90% of the bee population. Though these bees contribute approximately $1-billion worth of pollination services to Canadian agriculture, their population is in decline because of toxins and diseases in their surroundings, as well as loss of their natural habitats.

Bee hotels on rooftops, in backyards and on balconies will give pollinator bees the space to procreate, ensuring that they will exist for many generations to come.

Wary about building a bee hotel in your backyard? Male bees can’t sting, and female solitary bees will only sting as a last resort when provoked. They won’t cause harm to you or your family if you allow them a quiet place to rest.

Fairmont Royal York Bee Hotel

Make a bee hotel like the one at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (only smaller) and invite the bees in.

How to build a bee hotel:

DIY bee hotel instructions

To raise money to continue this important project, Burt’s Bees launches a new limited-edition lip balm. During the month of June, 100% of the proceeds will go toward Wild For Bees bee hotels.

Burt's Bees coconut pear lip balm

Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut and Pear, $5, burtsbees.ca.