- 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.
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: Water wash method: Leafcutter Bee cocoons are fairly waterproof and can take quite a soaking.