Replacing Filled Straws???
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  1. #1
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    Default Replacing Filled Straws???

    My mason bees are filling all my tubes very quick, I realy donít want to build more houses to acomodate the new tubes. Can I pull the filled tubes that are capped off and put in new tubes with out doing any harm to the freshly filled ones? If yes how or where should I store the freshly filled tubes?
    Thank you AW

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Replacing Filled Straws???

    Yes, you can pull the tubes as they are filled and stack them anywhere reasonably safe but open to the air. I use an open mailbox with the front wrapped with window screen to keep the pests from trying to get at them. Once the warmer weather gets here the filling will slow down. You can keep the tubes through the winter and put them out in the open later or you can gently open them and remove the cocoons. If you do that, put them in the fridge with some wet paper towels for the winter and put the cocoons out just as spring starts up again. There's lots of different ways to handle them.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: Replacing Filled Straws???

    Thatís great, thanks ravenseye.

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