Wooden bee boxes are a long-term investment. If properly prepared and cared for they should last for many years, if not decades.
During the big push to get bee equipment ready for the season, it’s tempting to just deploy unpainted woodenware. That works, but doing so shaves many years off their service life: the box joints may warp open and the sides may develop cracks due to constant weathering. Even with a lot of rehab later, these boxes may never be as nice as if they had been protected from the start.
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