Carpenter Bee Traps

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These are two different Carpenter Bee Traps. One is made of Cedar with the rough side out. It is unpainted so that it can weather.

The other one is made of spruce then painted with a weatherproof paint. There are four holes about half an inch on each side drilled at a 30 degree angle towards the roof. The bottom has a 1 inch hole with a canning jar lid glued around the hole. that way when the bees have died in the jar, you can unscrew the jar and empty it.

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#1 posted 05-14-2014 09:58 PM

I just made a couple last night. I did not put a finish on them though. I read they didn’t like it. Anyway good job. I hope they work.

-- HenryH - PA

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 10:32 PM

I was thinking about building a couple of these myself.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#3 posted 05-14-2014 11:55 PM

I have made several of these just like yours only from pine. For some reason, I cannot catch a single bee! And we’ve got lots of them!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-15-2014 12:28 AM

I have a millon of the flying woodmunchers sounds like a buzz factory out around the barns, may have to spray for them

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#5 posted 05-15-2014 04:02 PM

I will have to try that – may not be as fun as my current method of control – smacking them out the the air with a thin scrap board then pouncing on them. Thanks for the idea

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#6 posted 05-15-2014 04:46 PM

Tennis Racket works Great

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 05-15-2014 05:09 PM

I have used a BB gun to shoot them out of the sky. Great marksman training. So far, my score is 2. I think I’ll build some traps.

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#8 posted 05-15-2014 07:40 PM

They traps work great! My Mother doesn’t empty the jars until they are full, completely impressing her friends. I get lots of orders for them in the Spring. I charge $25.00 for one or $45.00 for two!!!!!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#9 posted 05-15-2014 10:36 PM

Is there a trick to getting the bees in the trap? Keeping them in?

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#10 posted 05-16-2014 08:47 PM

The bees are fairly lazy and would rather go into a hole that is already there than drill their own. Because the holes are drilled at an angle going up, the bees fly in there, and too stupid to find the hole they flew in, so they go towards the bottom where they see the light. The canning jar keeps them in there until they die. To empty the jar, just unscrew it, and empty the jar.

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#11 posted 05-27-2014 06:30 PM

Thanks, just built 3 of these this past weekend, and in service. Hopefully they’ll save my kids swing set.

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#12 posted 05-27-2014 09:24 PM

Thanks for the great idea.

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