How to clean your leafcutter bee cocoons

Occasionally you will experience mould occurring on your leafcutter bee cocoons. To remedy this please follow the instructions below: washing cocoons Leafcutter bee cells cocoons Water wash method: Leafcutter Bee cocoons are fairly waterproof and can take quite a soaking.
  • Prepare one large bowl with about a 3 litres of cold water. Add about 10ml concentration bleach solution.
  • Prepare a second bowl of cold water without bleach for rinsing.
  • Drop the cocoons into the bleach bowl and stir the cocoons around for around a minute or so.
  • Using a strainer or sieve, move the soaked cocoons to the rinse water and stir them again for about a minute.
  • Finally, remove the cocoons from the rinse and place them on towels to dry.
  • It’s that easy… if you need to do it.
  • Before you place your cocoons in hibernation or replace them in your bee house, ensure that the cocoons have dried adequately.
  • They should not be wet to the touch. If you can, dry the cocoons outside allowing the air to dry them.
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