Quick, Easy And Cheap Solid Block Carpenter Bee Trap

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Project by BusterB posted 06-20-2016 03:35 PM 2543 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a couple of folks asking for bee traps and when I saw this solid block design on YouTube I thought I would give it a try. Pulled some short pieces of pt 4×4 (and a piece of 4×4 cedar mail box post as well) out of the scrap pile and cut it into 4” lengths. Bored a inch and a half hole 3” deep up the center (in hind sight, a 1” hole would have worked just as well). Then bored 1/2” holes at a 45 degree angle through the sides. Cut the top out of some water bottles and used the lid ring of a jelly jar to mount in place. Added a eyelet for hanging. Already had the wood scraps so probably have a dollar in the jelly jars, screws and eyelets.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 06-20-2016 04:45 PM

Very interesting. What do they do with the bee traps? Are they bee keepers?


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-20-2016 04:53 PM

Very interesting. What do they do with the bee traps? Are they bee keepers?


- Jim Jakosh

Nope, this is to trap (and get rid of) those pesky carpenter bees that drill holes in decks, stairways, and most any other wood outside your house.

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#3 posted 06-20-2016 04:55 PM

That’s quite the project my friend, Bee’s are so important to our eco system. Great work as usual

-- "The Cedar King"

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#4 posted 06-20-2016 05:34 PM

That s quite the project my friend, Bee s are so important to our eco system. Great work as usual

- Todd Barrone

They can pollinate the flowers, stay away from my deck and buildings though. I have a couple of similar traps hanging from my patio roof point.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#5 posted 06-20-2016 07:22 PM

As long as it’s efficient… I think you customers who ordered this will be pleased.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-20-2016 09:13 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! Fortunately we don’t have that kind of bee up here. I have three hives of honey bees about 30 feet from the end of the house. They are the good kind, they don’t chew on your house. Those are fine looking traps and being pressure treated they should last a good long time. Nice job buddy.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#7 posted 06-21-2016 01:44 AM

Very cool idea. Thanks for posting.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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#8 posted 06-21-2016 02:41 AM

Good way to control some of the bees. My neighbor has a honey bee farm strictly for her huge garden, but they are always over by me. Way to many. Maybe something I should consider. Good build Buster.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 06-21-2016 11:57 AM

Thank y’all for all the comments!!! Joe and Nick called it right!!! These are for the big destructive ones and not the more common helpful honey making variety!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 06-21-2016 12:02 PM

I have never been stung by a honey bee, but I also have never been stung by a carpenter bee. Wasps will attack and sting for very little provocation.
The problem with carpenter bees (aside from their intimidating huge size) is that they lay eggs in tunnels they make in wood (like my neighbor’s shed) and then woodpeckers tear open the wood to eat the larvae inside.
I have heard that they are not aggressive. That doesn’t matter to my daughter who mows my grass. When they are buzzing around she puts the mower away.
If they are pollinators, well maybe, but we have lots of other good pollinators who don’t mess up our wooden structures.


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#11 posted 06-21-2016 01:14 PM

Well done, Buster! I really like the price. Nice stamp, too.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 06-21-2016 01:22 PM

Do you sell plans for these? My brother has a cabin on the Cartercay river and he could use some of these. They have a log cabin and the carpenter bees think that it is the best tasting cabin there is. They are very respectful and so they drill perfect holes. However, my brother has decided that they have decorated the cabin with enough holes. :-|

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 06-21-2016 02:48 PM

Nicely done Buster. It looks like you might have started a new business. LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 06-21-2016 08:31 PM

I like the block idea! Those carpenter bees are something else. I checked a bee hole in the bottom of a fascia board with a dowel (3/8ths if I remember correctly) finding it to be a perfect fit.

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#15 posted 06-22-2016 01:01 AM

Great bee mother’s been wanting one.I like these so I might borrow your design.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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