Boar Bee House

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Project by Sheri posted 09-08-2014 01:09 PM 1672 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a Boar Bee House. I’ve made several of these and sold or gave away. For a spring project when the carpenter bees are busy boaring into your home to build their nest. This house catches them and they can’t get out.

-- Sheri, Alabama

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 01:44 PM

That’s creative and certainly practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 02:42 PM

If they can bore into your house and get out what would keep them from boring into this box and not being able to get out? I have seen carpenter bees around the carport of my barn and would be interested in knowing…

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 02:57 PM

Great project I would love to know the details of what goes into this project. Thx for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 04:07 PM

You know how much damage a carpenter bee can do. Build a house with 4 sides, top and bottom. On three of the sides you bore a 1/2” hole upward just down from the top. You drill a hole in the bottom. that’s where I install the mason jar. There are other ways of putting one together. You can put a little water in the jar so that when they work their way in the house they can’t get out….they go out the bottom and they drown. Sometimes it takes them a week or so to find the house, but I caught one in a couple of hours. You usually need to put them out in the spring and summer. You can use a smaller mason jar. I use them so that I can unscrew it from the lid to clean it out. I secure the lid to the bottom of the house. Hope this helps.

-- Sheri, Alabama

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#5 posted 09-09-2014 12:26 AM

I made several of these after Bowtie posted his. It took over a year for me to catch the first bee! After that they started getting caught on a regular basis. His tip to leave a few in the jar seemed to help lure the others.

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

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#6 posted 09-09-2014 10:33 AM

I’ve used the three houses I have for about 4 years. On line or in LJ you can find plans for construction as well as how far down the side to drill the 1/2” hole. You put a liquid dish washing and water mix in the jar. The combination helps remove the air from around the bee’s body and helps it drown. If you go on line just search for Carpenter Bee Traps. They also trap wasps and yellow jackets. In construction plans the jars are in two pieces with a upside down plastic water bottle inside the mason jar to prevent the bees from getting back up into the house. 2” of water is sufficient, but it evaporates fast in the sun in Florida.

-- DonB

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