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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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HenryH

132 posts in 2002 days


#1 posted 70 days ago

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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scamp238

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#2 posted 70 days ago

I was thinking about building a couple of these myself.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 70 days ago

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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bowedcurly

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#4 posted 70 days ago

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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ken_c

260 posts in 1759 days


#5 posted 70 days ago

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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DaddyZ

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#6 posted 70 days ago

Tennis Racket works Great

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

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MrRon

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#7 posted 70 days ago

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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Snookie

162 posts in 1089 days


#8 posted 69 days ago

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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bigblockyeti

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#9 posted 69 days ago

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

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Snookie

162 posts in 1089 days


#10 posted 68 days ago

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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herbritchie

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#11 posted 57 days ago

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

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3woodworkers4life

13 posts in 57 days


#12 posted 57 days ago

Thanks for the great idea.

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