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Carpenter Bee Traps....Finally!!!

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A guy at work asked me to build him some carpenter bee traps. I had never seen one so he brought one he already had (third pic) so I could look at it. The idea is pretty simple. The bee enters the trap through one of the side holes (which are drilled on a slight upward angle) and is attracted to the light visable through the bigger hole in the bottom and heads there. With the side holes being drilled at an angle, it makes it difficult for the bee to locate them once he is inside the box.
Been stalling on building these for a while but was gluing up some cedar panels so was able to put the scraps to good use. Now back to those panels…

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 477 days ago

Good job on them. Sounds like they should work!!

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

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Oliver15

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#2 posted 477 days ago

What makes the bee want to enter the hole. Do you have to put something in the jar to attract it?

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BusterB

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#3 posted 477 days ago

Jim- Thanks sir. Did a little bit of research on internet and they seem to work pretty well. The fellow who asked me to build them swears by them….we shall see…

Oliver- its in the nature of these lil buggers to bore into wood and lay their eggs. Pretty destructive process. I believe that they crawl in there to do just that…. can’t say for certain but pretty sure the wood itself is all the bait that is required.

-- 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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Todd Barrone

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#4 posted 477 days ago

That is really cool, I will have to give that a go. Nice work pal.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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BusterB

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#5 posted 477 days ago

Thanks Todd, I have spent the last two days working on cedar projects and I dont see how you do it…lol The smell is nice but the dust is killer. Stay safe bud

-- 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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whitebeast88

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#6 posted 477 days ago

nice traps buster.those should do the trick for your friend.
whats on the agenda next,what you putting the panels on?
your still welcome to come help me catch up.lol…........

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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BusterB

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#7 posted 477 days ago

Thanks Marty, my mother-in-law has been after me to build her a cedar quilt chest. I got the cedar for it a while back (when I had to build a lumber rack to put it in) and have started gluing up the panels for it. Knocked a dang good dent in that pile of cedar…lol. If its as warm there as it was here today….forget it lol. What happened to spring????

-- 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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#8 posted 477 days ago

I hate them damn bees! Git them little buggers Buster! :-)

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farmerdude

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#9 posted 477 days ago

Nice use of scraps there dude. They look great. And to think, you’re building bee traps, my last project was a wooden skid for my snowblower that I just used the other day. Looks like a little snow Friday then maybe some smooth sailing. If not you may have to ask your better half to make room for a couple more occupants. Maybe you can show me firsthand how to create the ultimate bee trap. I’m not good for much, but I can breathe up some of that sawdust while you school me.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 477 days ago

Hey Buster, I had to go ”Google” carpenter bees I didn’t know what they were or how to tell a bumble bee from a carpenter bee So, your bee trap project took me a nature adventure :). Make the hole a little bigger and you could re-purpose those bee traps for a bird house. Nice build by-the-way.

-- 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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BusterB

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#11 posted 477 days ago

Joe- Dont have to bad a problem with them around the house. Think Barney keeps them chased off…lol But did accidentially make an extra one so I may have to hang it out anyhow.

Jeff- was in 80’s here today. We went from danged cold to summer. Always make space for ya bud…really wont be a problem this coming winter with both kids gone….lol

L2L- Guess they dont range that far…lol If I manage to trap some will mail them to you. That should make you a popular fellow…lol

-- 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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kajunkraft

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#12 posted 477 days ago

Wow, a subject that is very big to me. Carpenter Bees are an issue in my area (South Louisiana) and I stumbled across the traps just recently. I use western red cedar for my usual outdoor furniture production. Since this is very “insect resistant” I have not used it for carpenter bee traps, but sure could make use of a lot of scrap. Have been using just other scrap stuff, plywood, pine, etc. In my particular case there is a carport-type roof that has an incredible infestation. They swarm there by the hundreds. Research says they return to where they were born to recreate. So I have built about a dozen traps like found on the internet. Some catch quite a few while some catch none. Think the boxes should have a roof? Have considered the size of the hole (drilled at an upward angle) from 3/8” to 1/2” and the distance from the roof ( typically within 3” or so). Sure would like to know EXACTLY what particulars are essential for them to work.

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Grandpa

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#13 posted 476 days ago

Mine make an almost perfectly round 1/2 inch diameter hole. They like untreated wood so cedar is their choice around SW Oklahoma. They got into a cedar rail fence I HAD and nearly destroyed a rail in just a little over a heartbeat. I will have to try this. I use a poison I have and spray into the holes after dark. The problem is they arrive and do their damage before you know they are there. The trap just might be the best answer.

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hoss12992

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#14 posted 476 days ago

Great job. I will def be building some of these. Have never seen them before, but we are blessed with carpenter bees here as well. Thanks for sharing

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#15 posted 476 days ago

Good job bub!

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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