Carpenter Bee Trap

Old 04-20-16, 07:36 AM
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Carpenter Bee Trap

Can anyone tell me why my carpenter bee trap isn't working? We have tons of carpenter bee's swarming our deck but they aren't attracted to the trap. I've had it up for almost 48 hours.

The holes in the wood are at a 45 degree angle and were bored with the 1/2" drill bit.

I haven't saw a single insect fly in it yet.

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Old 04-20-16, 09:02 AM
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Have you tried Woodford or Bulleit? Maybe you're just not using the right bait.

I have never had much luck trapping carpenter bees though I usually get a few each year. Most of the time I find that they like to burrow into the bottom of a board or piece of wood and not the side. Occasionally I've seen them go into the side if it's high up close to an overhang. My trap, like yours has it's hole on the side. I wonder if your hole is too large. A 3/8" or 1/2" diameter hole would be closer to their natural size.
Old 04-20-16, 09:11 AM
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Perhaps I should have put pappy van winkle 23 in there for them

I followed the directions from some DIY youtube video so thats why I bored the 1/2" holes. I haven't seen anything fly in or out and I've been watching anxiously.
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Here's a pic of mine:

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I get lots of CBs and wasps. It can take a little while for the first bee to enter, but once one goes in, others will be attracted by the odor. Which is why you just empty the trap and don't wash it out ever. As you can see, very similar construction, including the angled 1/2" hole.

I used cedar and the fact that you used pine may be part of the trouble as the bees don't seem to like pine as much as cedar. I have eight or ten of them around the house as I have cedar siding that they used to attach with vigor. Mine are all up under the eaves; not sure if that makes any difference. A few of the traps have never been visited, but most get several bees a day in early spring when they are most active.

Give them some more time, and if they still don't work, try making one out of rough sawn cedar.
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Really want to kill them?
Then spray any exposed wood with Timbor, Google It.
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Old 04-22-16, 05:14 AM
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Got one

From what I have read, once you get a few, the floodgates open. We shall see.

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