Carpenter Bee Trap With ROUGH Sketches

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Project by bowtie posted 05-25-2012 04:10 PM 28411 views 32 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a lot of carpenter bees around our house which are constantly boring into our porch and my lumber stash so when I found a plan on e how I built some immediately. Mine has caught quite a few bees as shown.
Others I gave to friends and family have not done as well. I had a new catch this morning.
I’m no bee expert but it’s getting late in the year and bee activity seems to be decreasing. ( possibly a project for next spring for your area )
Dimensions are flexible. Build with an overhanging roof, 3 holes angled up, and a funneled shape to the bottle.
Hang with string or wire near corner of structure. Leave dead bees in bottle till almost full.
bowties a live let live kind of guy but don’t mess with my wood!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 04:24 PM

could you make a larger scale one with a 55 gal drum to catch Eagles ? LOL
Sorry I couldn’t resist. Creative approach to a problem.


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#2 posted 05-25-2012 05:19 PM

I have sawdust on my porch as we speak. Favored so I can shamelessly copy your design. Nice idea.

-- Ben in Va

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 05:35 PM

You must have bigger carpenter bees. All ours make 3/8 holes :)

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 05:50 PM

thanks for sharing…they are a pain in the butt around here, too!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 06:26 PM

Thanks for sharing. I need to make several of these while I still have a house!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 06:29 PM

Charlie, I think any hole from 3/8” to 1/2” would be fine. I read they like the hole angled up and under a ledge
to keep water out of their “nest”

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#7 posted 05-25-2012 06:46 PM

Did you secure a bottle cap in the bottom to screw the bottles into, or just a friction fit? I have saved about a dozen bottles and one project for this weekend is a few of these style traps. I have seen a couple of versions and this one looks pretty good too!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#8 posted 05-25-2012 06:59 PM

Thanks , I need to do this as well …hopefully it’s not too late in the season.
Many videos on you-tube …here’s one ;

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 05-25-2012 08:59 PM

Enoelf, The one shown has a bottle cap secured to bottom. the rest i used a 20 oz coke bottle friction fit in the hole.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#10 posted 05-25-2012 10:42 PM

yea im with ya on that, DONT MESS WITH MY WOOD…..we had a lot, but there in there holes…im going to seal them up with some metal under the soffit..they wont be happy when they want to emerge

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 05-26-2012 12:39 AM

That’s a great idea. I should do that but I just wait ‘til evening and fill the holes with caulk. Has worked so far.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 05-26-2012 12:44 AM

That’s pretty clever. I usually use the old tennis racket method but may give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#13 posted 05-26-2012 01:03 AM

Nice job Bowtie. I’ve got those things everywhere (even in the treated yellow pine fence!). I will build some of these this weekend. Is there water in the bottle?

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

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#14 posted 05-26-2012 01:52 AM

Andy, just an empty bottle.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#15 posted 05-26-2012 10:28 AM

Bowtie, I will make one this weekend . Thanks for the info !!

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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