Carpenter bees are not only a nuisance but also very destructive. Normally, they bore holes in unpainted lumber including decks, handrails, and fascia boards. In fact, every year when the springtime temperature rolls in you know they are coming. If you are not careful, you might be forced to run from these pesky little insects. However, they should not scare you since the theory of making their baits is very simple.
How you can trap carpenter bees
Trapping carpenter bees can be dangerous and tricky since these insects are not cooperative. This is why the best defense is attacking. To trap them, you will have to buy a trap or build one yourself. Normally, these bees drill holes and tunnels in wood. Therefore, you can use this to your advantage. The easiest way to trap them is to build holes in a piece of wood with tunnels leading to an empty jar. But how can you make Carpenter Bee Traps – DIY carpenter bee traps & Bee Butter Bait? Here are a few DIY steps
Collect the supplies
Look for some scrap lumber wood around building sites or look for one 8 foot wood that will be enough to build several of these simple traps. After obtaining the wood get your tools out set up a work table for cutting and assembling the wood.
Cut the wood
Using a handsaw or a woodcutter, cut the following lengths two 7 inches length, fours pieces of 8 inches length for the sides and one 6 inches length at the bottom. Next, assemble the 8 inches length sides using screws or nails to attach them along edges. For the roof panel, lay the 7 inches length pieces on top of the box that you have made by the 8 inches, center it and join it to the body using screws or nails.
Using 0.50 inches drill holes in 3 sides. These holes should be at least 45 degrees angled upwards to prevent sunlight and about 1.50 inches below from the roof. Also, make another hole on top of the bottle cap but be careful to avoid damaging the threads. Before making another hole in the box, measure the diameter of the bottle cap so as to fix it into this hole without glue. It should be the same measurements as the outer diameter of the bottle cap. Next, carefully attach the bottle cap.
Attach the bottom panel
After fixing the bottle cap, attach the bottom panel using nails or screws and add a hook with a chain or rope to tie with something for hanging the trap. Once your trap is ready for use, hang it securely in a carpenter bees populated area. Once the trap is full remove the bottle, throw it away, and attach another one. Also, ensure that you are careful while doing this and hang the trap in a place where the bees can see it well.
- If you want to make this move more effective it’s advisable to add an attractant or bait.
- Although the measurements do not have to be followed accurately, the holes should be inches or 1.27 cm.
- Instead of using a finished grade lumber wood, you can use scrap wood.