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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-28-2018, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Carpenter Bee Trap

Do any of you folks make your own Bee traps?
The past few years I've made Carpenter Bee Traps for relatives. Seem I get more calls for Bee traps each year.
Easy to make and very effective.

The way Carpenter Bee traps work-
Bee enters holes. Climbs upward to meet downward hole. Decides this isn't a good spot. Sees light at bottom to return outside and crawls into jar or water bottle.

Here are two styles from this years.
I used firewood to make one style. 4" in length. It has a 1" hole drill in center , about 3/4 the way thru. Then I drilled four, 1/2" entry holes at about 45 degrees, upward, until intersecting with 1" hole.
Attach jar lid (drill 1" hole in lid) or screw on water bottle to bottom hole.
4 hole style, I usually use a 4x4 cut to 4" length, but I didn't have any so I used pine firewood.
Entry holes are drill upward at 45 degree angle because this is the angle a Carpenter Bee makes to lay eggs.

Another style I use is a 2x4, 4" long. I use a single entry hole, with 1" center hole, about 3/4 the way thru.

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-29-2018, 05:54 AM
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interesting..... they are very bad here at my house this year(even drilling into my picnic table !) I may have to try making a trap or two.

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icemole, prime time to place out Bee Traps is around Mid-April to May 1st here in Pa. That way traps will be in place when boring/egg laying is in full swing.
Check out youtube videos to make Bee Traps


Here's a picture of bottom of trap before jar or bottle is attached.
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I have been killing carpenter bees almost every day for two weeks trying to make a nests in my deck.

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I think I might make a couple of these and give them a try. The boys and I like sitting on the porch and knocking them down with .22 birdshot.
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Bait?

do you put any bait in the holes to draw them in?

Gobble,Gobble,Gobble -> BANG
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This is my bee killer, I made it out of a bucket lid, drilled holes in it then put a handle on it. Those bees are so dumb they hover in the air and I smack them with it. When they fall on the ground I just step on them. I killed 78 of them last year
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The traps never seem to work for me. I have 18 so far with my trusty tennis racket.

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Bait?
No.

Moss, recently I replaced a wooden pole shed with a metal shed. But when we had the wooden pole shed, wife and I used Badminton Rackets. We called it Bumble Bee Badminton. We killed 30-40 a day around that old shed with rackets.
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Yeah they’re hanging around my shed too, after I killed all those last year I mixed up some permethrin and sprayed all the holes and it killed the rest of them. I used this stuff
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